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Chair Selection Process

Selection of Committee and Chair

  1. "An elected committee, or a committee of the whole.
  2. Chair of the committee from within or without the department.

Recommended Process

  1. A set of procedures is developed by the committee, with the advice and approval of the regular Group I* faculty, concerned with selection criteria, the identification of candidates, etc.
  2. The committee recommends one or several candidates to the dean.
  3. The dean allows for individual meetings with faculty members before making the selection.


The chair is selected by the dean with the advice and approval of the regular Group I* faculty on the committee.


The standard term of the chair is five years.

Faculty Handbook, VII.D

When a vacancy exists, the college dean will be responsible for initiating action through the department to secure a new chairperson or director. The dean and the faculty shall jointly establish selection criteria and review the qualifications of all candidates. Department chairpersons and directors of schools shall be selected by the dean with the advice and approval of the regular Group I faculty of the department or school, or if the department wishes, an elected committee thereof. Initial appointments of chairpersons and directors require the approval of the Provost.

  1. Chairpersons' and directors' appointments will be continued on a year-to-year basis. At the time of initial appointment, it may be agreed by the dean and the department or school faculty that the appointment will not exceed a given number of years. Before reappointment, it is the dean's responsibility to review the effectiveness of a chairperson or director by consultation with the Group I faculty of the department. The appointment may be terminated by the chairperson or director, by the dean after consultation with the faculty, or by written request to the dean of two-thirds of the Group I faculty of the department or school[1].
  2. There will be an annual evaluation of all department chairpersons. For the purposes of this policy, departments, schools, and regional campus divisions are equivalent units, and the roles of department chairperson, school director, and regional campus coordinator are also equivalent. The promotion and tenure committee (excluding the department chairperson) or equivalent departmental committee shall be responsible for carrying out the evaluation. A report of the results of this evaluation shall be furnished to the chairperson and the dean.
  3. When it is known that a chairperson or director is to be away from the University for more than a few days or whenever a temporary vacancy exists, arrangements are made by the dean for the appointment of an acting chairperson or director.

* Subject to limitations in Section II.C.4.i.

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