Addresses Departmental Chair Model
discussion on the merits of a departmental chair model will be held
from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the University Center. The
forum is being coordinated by the AAUP's committee O, which stands
for outreach and organizing.
currently operates under an appointed department head model,” said
Robert Goodrich (History). "This means that
decisions regarding employing and dismissing department heads lies
in the hands of deans and not faculty. The alternative model that
will be discussed is the chair model. This is when departmental
faculty members make all final decisions regarding firing and hiring
of chairs and thus have direct control over departmental governance."
issue of who should appoint department heads has become more prevalent
after the merging of several departments two years ago. As many
as four departments folded into one, which Goodrich said caused
agitation among some faculty members.
had no say in this restructuring,” Goodrich said. “It is now the
case that the heads of several departments are no longer trained
in that department’s field. In short, the problem is the persistence
of an authoritarian model of departmental governance that infantilizes
faculty and prioritizes administrative issues over faculty issues
at the departmental level.”
said the goal of the forum is to stimulate awareness and debate,
not necessarily to reach a conclusion or recommendation.
members participating in the discussion include Helen Kahn
(Communication Disorders), Brent Graves
(Biology), David Carlson (Political Science) and
Mohey Mowafy (HPER). They will provide analyses
on administratively appointed department heads versus faculty-elected