Faculty Personnel Policies
B9 Appointment and Evaluation of Departmental
- Term of appointment
- Chairpersons are the chief executives of the departments, with
responsibility for faculty recruitment, faculty evaluation, curricular
planning, the department's program for advising students, and budget
(see Appendix II.2d for specific duties). A chairperson is
normally appointed to a term of three years by the divisional dean,
with reappointment possible for additional terms.
- Selection Procedures
- The divisional dean schedules a personal interview with
each member of the department in which an appointment is to be
it, the dean seeks frank and confidential advice on a number of matters
related to the selection of a chairperson. These include
an evaluation of the current departmental program, suggestions
for ways in which the department could better serve students in
the context of a liberal arts education, and an opinion on whether
the chairperson should come from within the existing departmental
faculty or be sought from outside the College.
- When a chairperson is to be designated from within the
existing departmental faculty, the dean solicits nominations from
each member of the department and, after consultation with the
Provost, makes the appointment.
- If a chairperson is to be selected from outside
the College, the dean seeks permission to recruit according to
the guidelines in B1. Departmental
participation is important, but the dean's office will compile
the dossier on each of the candidates.
- Performance Evaluation Procedures
- The dean will conduct a performance evaluation of each chairperson
in the division during the first year of the chair's term, and again in the third year. The general criteria include a chairperson's
performance as a faculty member as well as administrator.
- In addition to asking each chairperson to provide a self-assessment
and goals for the next year, the divisional dean will request each
member of a department to evaluate the chairperson. Information
will be requested concerning a chairperson's teaching, scholarship,
advising, and community service, but the chief purpose of the colleagues'
evaluations is to solicit responses that promote the development
of the chairperson as an administrator. The criteria for faculty
evaluation of a chairperson's leadership include:
- Ability to create esprit de corps
- Skill as liaison between
department, administration, and students
- Effectiveness in carrying
out administrative duties
- Record in encouraging professional
development of departmental colleagues
- Sensitivity and responsiveness
to departmental concerns
- Capacity to deal fairly with conflict
confidentiality of the faculty member's evaluation is assured.