Department Chair Initiative

As part of the college’s efforts to further empower SUNY Empire department chairs in their roles as faculty leaders of their respective departments, the college will be transitioning the department chair responsibilities to include, among other things, supervision of their respective faculty. This transition is a pivotal step in providing our department chairs with the same authority their colleagues have across SUNY and, more broadly, in higher education. These changes will:

  • Provide faculty, especially pre-tenure faculty, with greater support from their supervisor by dramatically decreasing the faculty to supervisor ratio;
  • Formally provide department chairs with the authority to oversee their areas of responsibility, especially those associated with academic quality, academic schedules, curriculum, and supervision of faculty colleagues;
  • Bring SUNY Empire into alignment with the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees language regarding department chairs, which indicates that chairs “shall, in consultation with their respective faculties, be responsible to the chief administrative officer of the college for the supervision of the personnel and educational program of the departments or divisions for which they serve” (IX.C.4); and
  • Enhance deans’ engagement with strategic planning, enrollment growth, partnership development, and operational efficiency.

Timeline and Updates

2021, DC description consultation began; October 2022, Working group established; December 2022, consultation feedback due from working group; January 2023, Transition period begins with training on new responsibilities (see detailed training schedule) and will extend through July 2023; September 2023, Formal Transition Occurs.

*Timeline will be updated as information becomes available.

Department Chair Timeline November 2022 Update (PDF 69kB)

Department Chair Initiative Update 9.13.22

Department Chair Initiative Update 10-17-2022 (PDF 108kB)