As leaders of the academic college and various schools, Deans are responsible for the overall direction of programs within their units. Attuned to the institutional and societal contexts affecting current and potential programs within their units, Deans coordinate and motivate the efforts of Department Chairs, Program Directors, and faculty to respond creatively to these contexts. The Deans ensure the effective implementation of these goals through allocation and management of resources, through appropriate initiatives for external funding, and through evaluation of the quality of personnel, programs, and related services.

Allocation and Management of Resources

Deans coordinate the use of budgeted funds to ensure appropriate staffing within their units (balance of full-time, part-time, and overload) and recommend areas within their units that require additional staffing. Deans coordinate course offerings within their units to meet departmental and core curriculum needs. Deans coordinate and make recommendations concerning departmental and program initiatives and their budgetary priorities.

Evaluation and Improvement of Programs and Personnel

Deans oversee that department and program planning are consistent with missions of the institution and their school/college. They evaluate the assessment efforts of departments and programs to ensure that results yield meaningful information which is used in ongoing planning. The Deans work closely with Chairs, Program Directors, and faculty in implementing program improvements. Deans are responsible for the summative administrative evaluation of their unit’s faculty and make recommendations to the Provost/Executive Vice President in matters of salary, promotion, continuance, and tenure. Deans also assure appropriate faculty development activity throughout their unit.

The first Friday of February is reserved for meetings of the faculty of each school or college for the purpose of consideration and discussion of matters within their purview, including curriculum. The agenda of the meeting shall be set by the appropriate Dean, who will also preside over the meeting. 

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