College of Liberal Arts

Selecting a Chair/Director

How It Works

  1. A chair is selected through voting members of the department in consultation with the dean.
  2. After the candidate is selected, the vote should be recorded along with the procedure used to select the chair (how the voting took place.) A formal memo is sent to the dean detailing the selection process and the nominee.
  3. The dean sends an accompanying memo to the provost, officially nominating the candidate as chair.
  4. The provost sends approval to the dean. The dean will notify the department that the nomination has been approved by the provost.
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Tips or FAQs

This procedure should take place during the spring of the final semester of the chair’s appointment period. Chairs serve a four year term, but may be reappointed, using the same nominating system laid out above.

Last Modified: 10 September 2014


Tamela Walker

Director, Human Resources



Selection and Evaluation of Department Chairpersons