Department Chair Duties
Each department has a chair appointed by the dean, following an election by, or after consultation with, the faculty of the department. The chair is usually a tenured full professor.
The major duties of the chair (or his or her designate) are as follows:
- Development and maintenance of the curriculum and course offerings
- Coordination of teaching loads for all faculty and associate instructors in the department, by planning the schedule of classes for each semester and assigning students to specific teachers, as necessary
- Recommendation of the appointment of new faculty and AIs
- Coordination of orientation and training for new faculty and AIs
- Evaluation of all departmental faculty every year (based on faculty summary reports, teaching evaluations, and on personal observation), and discussion of the evaluations with the dean
- Promotion of faculty and AI development by overseeing faculty grant applications, professional development (such as conference presentations), etc.
- Supervision of tenure and promotion dossiers for department faculty members, and the writing of recommendations
- Supervision of all departmental activities, such as new student auditions, recital hearings, departmental examinations, etc., along with the publicizing of these events and maintenance of accurate records of results
- Organization of departmental meetings and coordination of department faculty's activities as related to the department
- Advising of majors in the department, including recommendations for doctoral advisory and research committees
Work with the Jacobs School of Music administration on the relationship of the department to the mission of the school.