Handbook for Department Chairs/School Directors

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This handbook is designed to help new and continuing department chairs, school directors and other academic administrators orient themselves quickly to NIU and with their administrative responsibilities. This handbook is meant only to be a resource guide and not a policy document or procedures manual. This handbook is not intended to advocate any particular viewpoint and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Office of the Provost, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, the Department Chair Development Group or Northern Illinois University. For policies and procedures on the central responsibilities of department chairs, refer to NIU's Academic Policies and Procedures Manual, Section II. Item 20.

The title "chair" is used in this handbook to indicate the head of the academic unit and includes similar titles such as "school director" or "director". Similarly, the term "department' is used to indicate academic units and includes similar names such as "school", "division", etc. If any web link or the information covered in this handbook is obsolete or incorrect, please email the section title and location information to provost@niu.edu.


Table of Contents

  1. Knowing Your Department, College, and NIU
  2. Chair's Role and Responsibilities, and Leadership
  3. Department Operations
  4. Personnel
  5. Curriculum and Program Reviews
  6. Students
  7. Tenure-Track Faculty
  8. Fiscal Management
  9. Facilities and Materials Management
  10. External Relations
  11. Self-Care
  12. References
  13. Acknowledgments

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