Department Chair (College / University) Salary
The average salary for a Department Chair (College / University) is $83,032 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Leadership, Budget Management, and Research Analysis.
Job Description for Department Chair (College / University)
Colleges and universities comprise many departments, each with its own area of focus. Department chairs hold a leadership role over their department, working to implement the university's vision by shaping the department's curriculum and goals. They supervise professors, instructors, and assistants, as well as communicate and collaborate with university administration to promote the university's goals and maximize their department's work. The department chair also manages the department's finances, working with instructors to acquire necessarily materials within a reasonable budget. They also play a role in hiring for their department, as well as serve on university committees as needed.Read More...
The department chair may also serve as an instructor and researcher as well. As an instructor, the department chair must prepare lectures, prepare exams and assignment, and grade students' work. The department chair may also conduct research, write journal articles, and perform other research-related activities.
A department chair must meet the educational requirements for faculty in their department, such as a Ph.D. or master's degree in the field. They must be a highly organized individual with a passion for education and the administrative talents to coordinate the efforts of a diverse group of educators. The department chair must possess excellent written and communications skills to aid in their supervisory role and effectively collaborate with university administrators.
Department Chair (College / University) Tasks
- Interview and lead hiring process for faculty, including checking eligibility.
- Teach courses, advise students, and work with new hires.
- Lead curriculum revision and updating processes, including reviewing syllabi and textbooks.
- Coordinate flow of information across departments and deans.
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