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Part 2: Pragmatics

Now you are the chair, what do you need to do?

The role of chair is complex. Below are a few links for those new to the position:

Jump to a section below to get started!

Operations & Management

  • Advising assignments
  • Budgeting and fundraising
  • Course scheduling
  • Scheduling and facilitating department meetings
  • Supervision of staff
  • Oversight and distribution of departmental service responsibilities
  • Communication

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Academic Program

  • Student admissions & Interview
  • Academic milestone oversight
  • Academic integrity and student support

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  • Hiring Processes for faculty and staff
  • Evaluation and Assessment: Annual evaluations of faculty and staff
  • Staff and faculty retention
  • Student issues (academic integrity, Title IX, etc.)
  • Faculty issues & conflict
  • Crisis management: Resources at DU and links

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Managing Up and Out: Working With the Dean and Other University Administrators

Building & Sustaining Community

  • Departmental decision-making
  • Communication within program
  • Student orientation
  • Department events
  • Beyond the department

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Chair Well-Being