The Director is the chief administrative officer of the School, appointed by the President upon recommendation of the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (hereafter referred to as the Provost) and the Dean of the College of Communication and Information, after consultation with the FAC (FT-TT CBA 2012 Article VI Section 3 D). The Director of the School of Library and Information Science reports to the Dean of the College of Communication and Information and is the official spokesperson for the School.
Within the framework of College and University policies and procedures and consistent with the CBA, the Director is responsible for: recording, maintaining, and implementing the policies and procedures contained in the department’s Faculty Handbook, which is to be developed and implemented after full consultation with the department FAC, as well as ensuring that such policies and procedures are in conformity with the University Policy Register, collegial rules and regulations, the rules of the Office of the Provost and for implementing regulations and the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
The director performs a variety of duties in the leadership and administration of the school, including:
- Developing, updating, implementing, and coordinating teaching, research, and service missions of the school;
- Setting programmatic direction in consultation with the FAC;
- Representing the school in college and university matters;
- Establishing financial goals for the school and monitoring their attainment;
- Overseeing budgetary, personnel, and program activities of the school;
- Coordinating faculty workloads;
- Coordinating faculty promotion, tenure, and reappointment reviews and make recommendations to College Dean;
- Establishing and nurturing relationships with outside stakeholders, including industry, educators, government, and professional constituencies;
- Developing new and renewed funding sources through pursuit of private foundations, individuals, government grants, and alumni;
- Approving and administering educational and administrative policies;
- Overseeing accreditation and quality assessment programs throughout the school;
- Performing other duties as required.
As with all administrative assignments, the position of Director carries no formal tenure protection. The Director may resign the administrative assignment without embarrassment and without prejudice to a future role as a full-time teaching faculty.
When the Director steps down, the Dean of the College may appoint an interim director, with advice from the Faculty Advisory Committee, as stipulated in the CBA Article VI Section 8 A.1.