Academic Component Leaders - Role and Appointment


The leader of an Academic Component (AC) holds a multi-dimensional position which includes responsibilities for leadership, scholarship and management within the academic component and representation of the academic component to the University community and to external constituencies. The AC leader serves as leader, scholar, manager, mentor, role-model and change-agent and is in a vital position to assist the AC and the University in developing strategies for improving student successes and in developing curricular initiatives.

Since AC leaders function in a dual administrative/faculty capacity, their appointment requires substantive involvement of both the Administration and the AC. Except in the most unusual of circumstances, the AC leader must be acceptable to both.

An AC leader is appointed by the Provost after considering recommendations from the Dean, and the Academic Component.



An AC leader is expected to project a vision for the AC and the University; to have innovative and creative ideas and the ability to communicate them; to inspire and support others to reach agreed-upon objectives; to represent the AC effectively to internal and external constituencies; to maintain membership and provide leadership in professional organizations; to understand and implement University and Department policies and procedures; to assist Faculty in developing their abilities as teachers and scholars; and to motivate students by demonstrating standards of excellence in teaching and scholarship.


An AC leader should demonstrate effective teaching skills; have a proven record of significant and on-going publications and creative professional activities; remain current in the area of academic expertise; encourage and facilitate faculty research and publication and the scholarly activities of students; and be successful in identifying and obtaining funding in support of teaching and scholarship.


An AC leader must be able to organize, prioritize and delegate; to meet deadlines and to administer the AC budget; to evaluate and to improve AC policies and procedures; to manage faculty workloads, conduct faculty meetings, schedule classes effectively, and supervise office staff; to evaluate and recommend faculty for promotion and tenure; and to ensure that all University and Faculty policies and procedures are followed within the AC. The AC leader is responsible for managing the resources of the AC in order to maximize the learning of students and the effectiveness of faculty.


Appointment as an AC leader requires that the faculty member be tenured and hold the rank of full Professor. Exceptions may occur upon the recommendation of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs following consultation with the Dean and with the final approval of the Chancellor.

Appointment Process

An AC leader is appointed by the Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs considers the recommendation of the Dean, who receives recommendations from the academic component.

Responsibility for initiating the process of appointing an AC leader rests with the Dean in consultation with the academic component. The Dean should state from the outset whether a position is available to allow consideration of external candidates. If the Dean determines that both external and internal candidates for the position of AC leader should be considered, a search shall be conducted in accordance with TWU hiring practices.

The means by which departmental recommendations are secured and reviewed may vary among the Colleges. The procedure must be clearly communicated and approved by the Dean before the AC recommending process begins. In all cases, the Dean will assume an active role in ensuring that participants in the AC recommending process are fully informed of the procedure that will be followed.

During an unforeseen vacancy or during illness or temporary absence of an AC leader, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs following consultation with the Dean and the academic component may recommend appointment of an interim AC leader. The interim AC leader serves until such time as the regularly appointed Chair assumes or reassumes the position.

Conditions of Appointment

As is the case with all administrative appointments, an AC leader serves at the will of the Chancellor. AC leaders normally serve throughout the 12 month calendar year and may receive a monthly stipend. Evaluation of an AC leader's effectiveness will occur at least once every five years in order to determine whether the Chair may be continued in the position.

The responsibilities of each AC leader are reviewed annually to determine the amount of time reassigned from teaching. Reassigned time is determined by such factors as number of faculty, number of graduate and undergraduate degree programs, student enrollment in AC courses, level of responsibility for AC facilities, and special curricular needs. The Dean will recommend the level of reassigned time annually for approval by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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