SUBJECT: Selection of Division Chairs

POLICY #: DEAN 104

AUTHORIZED BY: Dean of the University 08/09/95

APPROVED BY: Dean of the University 2/1/99

  1. The Regional Campuses Faculty Manual specifies that division chairs are to be appointed by the Dean of the University.

  2. The Dean of USC Sumter will appoint each division chair on the recommendation of the faculty of each division, through the following procedures:

    1. All tenure-track faculty members and faculty at the rank of Instructor will be eligible to vote for the position of chair of their respective divisions.
    2. The usual term of appointment will be four fiscal years.
    3. The terms of the appointments will be overlapping so that in a normal year, with the current four-division institutional organization, only one division should be electing a chair.
    4. Any full-time tenured faculty member will be eligible to stand for election for the position of division chair within his/her respective division. Candidacy must be voluntary, and must include a clear understanding of the duties, responsibilities, benefits, and other implications of assuming the position.
    5. Current division chairs may stand for re-election without prejudice and without limit, except for that dictated by termination of employment.
    6. Division elections will be conducted fairly and impartially by the Chair of the Faculty Organization (FO Chair), or his/her designee if the election is being held in the FO Chair's division.
    7. Division elections will be concluded, and a recommendation made to the Dean of the University, not later than February 15 each year, with the subsequent appointment effective July 1.
    8. Unexpected vacancies to the positions of division chair will be filled by appointment by the Dean of the University as recommended by the faculty of that division through a special election conducted by the FO Chair, or his/her designee if the election is being held in the FO Chair's division. The term of such appointments will be the remainder of the unexpired four-year term.

  3. New division chair vacancies created in the future as a result of institutional growth and/or reorganization will be filled by appointment by the Dean of the University as recommended by the faculty of those divisions through special elections conducted by the FO Chair, or his/her designee if the FO Chair is a member of one of these new divisions. The term of such appointments will be full or partial four-fiscal-year terms, as described above, depending on the effective dates of creation of any new divisions.

  4. As administrative appointees, division chairs serve at the pleasure of the Dean of the University.