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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

Use of Titles Department Head, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean : A-060

Policy/Guideline Area

Academic Guidelines

Applicable Divisions

Community Colleges

Purpose

The purpose of this guideline is to establish the operational guidelines for the assignments of titles at the two-year institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Policy/Guideline

  1. Introduction
    1. The following are provided as a guideline in the assignments of titles at the two-year institutions governed by the State Board of Regents. Justified exceptions may be submitted by the president for prior approval by the Chancellor.
  2. Authority and Scope of Title Responsibilities
    1. Department Head (Chairman)
      1. Supervises five or more faculty members with significant discretion in the utilization of the department's human and financial resources.
      2. Administers a unit with its own budget.
      3. Has significant authority in personnel decisions - e.g., hiring, termination, promotions, and tenure.
      4. Person holding the position is assigned a reduced teaching load or receives a salary supplement.
    2. Assistant Dean
      1. Supervises two or more separate units with administrators having the authority and scope of responsibilities specified under Department Head; or
      2. Serves in a significant staff capacity to the Dean of Academic Affairs (Instruction/College).
      3. Person holding the position is assigned a reduced teaching load or receives a salary supplement.
    3. Associate Dean
      1. Supervises two or more separate units with administrators having the authority and scope of responsibilities specified under Department Head.
      2. The breadth of responsibilities are to be greater than for an Assistant Dean, and the Associate Dean will have the authority to act for the Dean of Academic Affairs (Instruction/College) in a broad range of areas, or-is second in authority to the Dean of Academic Affairs (Instruction/College) and acts as an executive officer for the Dean.
      3. Person holding the position is assigned a reduced teaching load and receives a salary supplement.

Sources

December 6, 1978 TBR staff memorandum. Revised July 1, 1984

Contact

Mickey Sheen
615-366-4437
mickey.sheen@tbr.edu