The Role of the Department Chair
A department chair serves as both a faculty member and an academic administrator, providing leadership and management to the department/division consistent with the university mission and goals. Chairs also engage in teaching and scholarship as determined by the overall distribution of their workload. Refer to the Roles and Responsibilities of Department Chairs document for specific responsibilities including, but not limited to appointment terms, workload distributions, compensation guidelines, and evaluation procedures.
Administered by the Chairs Council in consultation with the Academic Affairs, the monthly Chair Academy events explore contemporary issues and best practices through engagement and collaborative dialogue. The overarching goal of the academy is to offer a basic set of procedures to accelerate the development of the University of North Texas (UNT) leadership team. The academy meets monthly throughout the calendar year and hosts a retreat at the beginning of each fall semester. For a current list of department chairs, Chair Academy meetings, and calendar events, visit the UNT Chairs website.
The Chairs Council facilitates and improves the work of department chairs by referring issues to the University administration that are of interest and/or relevant to chairs. The Chairs Council Constitution can be found electronically online with other Chairs Council resources as well as the list of current representatives on the Chairs Council. The Chairs Council meets monthly throughout the calendar year.