a. At the spring assembly meeting, any Academic Division with Program Area Lead Faculty shall recommend to the RC Dean a faculty member from the program area (TT if the unit has TT faculty, or FTNTT if no TT are available to serve) to serve a renewable two-year term as Program Area Lead Faculty beginning with the fall semester. If the RC Dean does not accept a recommended candidate, then the RC Dean will provide a written statement to the program faculty explaining his/her rejection of the recommendation. The Academic Program faculty will then make a new recommendation. In the absence of an eligible faculty member willing to serve, the RC Dean will appoint an Interim Program Area Lead Faculty in consultation with the program area faculty. The Interim Program Area Lead Faculty member will serve until an eligible faculty member is appointed.
b. Program Area Lead Faculty will be given an appropriate load assignment each academic semester.