III. Department Operations

The variable functions of organizing and maintaining an academic department depend, to a considerable extent, on its size, its complexity, and its stage of development. Small departments may have concerns that are quite different from those of departments that have 30 or 40 faculty members. Departments that include master and doctoral programs require a form of organizational management that may not be necessary in purely undergraduate units; interdisciplinary divisions may be divided into sub-disciplines that require another level of administrative oversight. The gender, racial, and age balance shape interpersonal relations and department culture. And departments with a majority of senior faculty members face internal dynamics that are different both in structure and temperament from those of departments with many probationary faculty members recently recruited from doctoral programs.

  1. Department office
  2. Operating staff (Civil Service personnel)
  3. Disciplinary process
  4. Payroll, benefits, and other reports
  5. Scheduling Classes
  6. Employee travel authorization and reimbursement
  7. Department website and promotional materials
  8. Compliance issues
  9. Management of records
  10. Faculty meetings and committees
  11. Checklist of operational deadlines