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Classification Details

Classification Information

Classification Title Chairperson
Classification Code 21101
FLSA Exempt

Classification Details

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Chair/Professor
Position Number 233430
CIP Code 15.00
FTE 1.0
Pay Grade 1
Department Digital Media Center - 22452
Expectations for All Employees:

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee’s job performance must support and exhibit the university’s core values: PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential; RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust; DIVERSITY of people and thought is respected; EXCELLENCE is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic; EFFICIENCY is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Job Summary

The Department Chair accepts the responsibility of providing leadership and maintaining administrative operations of the department in addition to performing the traditional academic duties of teaching, research, and service. The Department Chair reports to the Dean of the College. The workload balance between administration and traditional academic duties is determined by the Dean of the College in conjunction with the Chair.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of general academic policies and curriculum issues.
  • Knowledge of Tennessee Board of Regents policies.
  • Knowledge of applicable accreditation standards and guidelines.
  • Ability to engage in constructive problem-solving and to make sound decisions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and staff within the department, college, university and diverse campus and community constituencies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the leadership of other academic and administrative units to develop appropriate policies and/or programs.
  • Ability to promote student success and faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
Required Qualifications

An earned terminal degree in a field recognized within the discipline. Meets eligibility for tenure. A solid record of teaching and scholarly activities required for a minimal appointment to the rank of associate professor. The successful candidate should expect to maintain an active program of research and teaching. Ability to work collaboratively within the College and University is essential.

Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demands
Supervision Given and Received

Initiates broad programs under general direction of the Dean, working from established strategic policies of the University and College. Supervises faculty and staff in the department.

Version Date July 2011
Job Duties

These are the job duties required of the position.

Description of Job Duty

The Department Chair accepts responsibility for the following functions, as determined in conjunction with the Dean of the College:

  • Maintain a collegial, scholarly, department environment that supports and encourages faculty excellence in the traditional academic areas of teaching, research, and service.
  • Creates a shared vision, sets goals and develops unit plans.
  • Provides mentoring and the professional development of faculty.
  • Serves as an advocate for department interests.
  • Attempts to ensure that space, equipment, and facilities meet faculty needs.
  • Participates in the recruitment, orientation, and continued development of faculty and staff.
  • Coordinates fund raising and relationships with external constituencies where appropriate.
  • Creates a positive and productive work environment for support personnel.
  • Maintains/establishes discipline accreditation where appropriate.
  • Prepares and monitors the budget.
  • Provides leadership for curricular development, planning, revision, evaluation, and implementation. Such leadership denotes responsibility and oversight for
  • Maintaining up-to-date academic programs, academic standards, and program-related goals and outcomes.
  • Aligning curriculum with national standards for discipline or specialization with a discipline.
  • Assessing and providing faculty development in the areas of curriculum development, modes of teaching, student learning, etc.
  • Assigning, when appropriate, faculty to assist in management and/or evaluation of programs and to propose curricular issues for faculty discussion and action.
  • Coordinating academic offerings to provide programs that are pedagogically sound for all formats or modes of delivery.
  • Scheduling courses that meet student needs and makes appropriate use of faculty expertise.
  • Implementing specific methods of improving instruction.
  • Encouraging interfacing of programs with other academic departments.
  • Assuring catalog information, websites, and other curricular material are current and accurate.
  • Engages in the intellectual development of students.
  • Teaches classes.
  • Advises and mentors students.
  • Participates on examination committees.
  • Participates in recruiting high-quality students
  • Encourages ongoing curricular review by the faculty to ensure currency and relevance.
  • Engages in scholarly activity that is appropriate for the discipline.
  • Provides service to the academy, profession, and public.
  • Participates on college/university governance committees/task forces and search committees.
  • Participates in outside committees and task forces.
  • Performs leadership tasks in professional associations/networks.
  • Participates in professional development activities.
  • Establishes partnerships with constituencies including, but not limited to other colleges and universities, employers, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, and the like.
  • Supervises faculty and staff in the department.
  • Identifies/determines faculty roles, priorities and assignments.
  • Develops, mentors, and coaches faculty and staff.
  • Provides feedback and performance evaluation to faculty.
  • Administers academic, human resources and legal policies
Job Duty Type Essential
Job Duties

These are the job duties required of the position.

Description of Job Duty
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Job Duty Type Secondary