Department Chairs

Structure, Resources, Compensation, and Faculty Evaluation Processes

Summary

This report explores the department chair role at profiled institutions, focusing on role structure, responsibilities, compensation, professional development resources, and faculty evaluation processes.

Key observations from our research

1. Department chair selection processes and term lengths are largely inconsistent across academic departments at profiled institutions.

2. All profiled institutions equip both new and experienced department chairs with professional development resources.

3. All profiled institutions provide department chairs with compensation (e.g., monetary stipends, course releases), but amounts vary between departments at each institution.

4. Contacts at profiled institutions generally describe faculty evaluation processes, which tend to rely on subjective criteria, as more formative than summative.

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