Rice University Organization Policy
POLICIES RELATED TO DEPARTMENT
Faculty members serve as department chairs at the pleasure of
the Board of Governors and the President. Subject to this formal
limitation, department chairs will be appointed for terms of up to
five years. Chairs may be reappointed without limit on the number
of terms, but under normal circumstances the appointment to chair
is not a permanent position.
The duties and responsibilities of department chairs include but
are not limited to:
1. Departmental adherence to applicable governing regulatory
policies including those from federal, state, foundations, and
2. Supervision of property assigned to the department whether
owned or on loan to the University.
3. Oversight and control of expenditures of all departmental
funds regardless of source in accordance with the budget and
4. Preparation, after appropriate consultation with members of
the department, and presentation of budget recommendations and of
recommendations for appointments, promotion in rank, and changes
in salary within the department.
5. Necessary arrangements and planning of the teaching
schedule. This involves an equitable adjustment of teaching loads
and proper assignment of available assistants.
6. Supervision of the departmental program for graduate
studies where appropriate.
7. Continual consideration of departmental faculty and staff
needs. The chair should bring the need for new appointments to
the attention of the appropriate officials and should help
initiate the search for suitable candidates.
8. Leadership in developing departmental morale, together with
such other activities as will serve to coordinate the activities
of the various members of the department among themselves and
with other departments of the University.
Appointments as department chairs are on a year-around basis.
Assignments during the summer recess will generally be less time
consuming than the academic year. However, chairs will be required
to spend varying amounts of time based on the nature of business to
be conducted in their department.
In the exercise of his or her duties, each department chair
will deal on routine matters with various administrative officials,
as appropriate. In all extraordinary cases, including specifically
all matters to be presented eventually for approval by the
President and/or the Board of Governors, a chair will consult with
and make his or her recommendations through the dean having
cognizance of his or her department.
Policy No. 103-95
January 25, 1995