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.

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$51,899 - $163,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 335

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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.


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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Experience Affects Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Department Chair (College / University) Salaries

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Budget Management
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Research Analysis
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National Average

People Management
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Curriculum Planning
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Project Management
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Program Management
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Program Development
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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 6%