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Academic Administration: Deans
The academic units of the Institute are the School of Architecture, the School of Art and Design, the School of Information and Library Science, and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All schools are headed by deans who report to the provost and are responsible for the development and operation of the educational programs in their respective units.
The director of libraries reports to the provost and is responsible for the development and operation of all Institute library collections, staffing, policies and multimedia services as an instructional resource.
Appointment of Deans
The provost appoints the deans of the respective schools, in consultation with the president, after receiving recommendations from an Institute-wide search committee (the majority of which is constituted of faculty of the school in question), the school’s chairs, the academic senate, and input from the respective school and campus constituencies.
Duties of the Deans of the Schools
The duties of the deans include but are not limited to the following:
- providing leadership and being responsible for the academic, administrative, and budgetary operations of the appropriate school; consulting frequently with the school’s faculty and chairs; keeping the provost and faculty informed about changes and ongoing activities of the school;
- planning, implementing and evaluating the educational and fiscal programs of the school in cooperation with the chairs of departments;
- recommending to the provost candidates for faculty appointment, retention, dismissal, promotion, tenure, sabbatical, and leaves-of-absence; and providing general support for faculty, informing them of deadlines, procedures and opportunities for professional development;
- being responsible for reviewing performance of department chairs, tenured, and non-tenured faculty on a regular basis;
- developing undergraduate and graduate curricula, internships, field experiences, independent studies, study abroad opportunities, honors programs, in-service programs, inter-institutional programs, and, as appropriate, other programs and activities related to the broad educational mission of the school;
- supervising implementation of policies governing student achievement and deficiencies; providing for the academic advisement and welfare of students; and recommending students to the provost for degrees and honors;
- managing student complaints regarding school faculty and/or staff members and resolving them in accordance with Institute policies and procedures;
- acting as chief representative for his or her school to the provost and the other deans, by regular attendance at deans council, and by service on search committees for positions within the school and administration as needed;
- participating as appropriate in community outreach and fundraising activities;
- being responsible for the academic content of all related official Institute publications and for the Institute’s catalogs and curriculum committees;
- in consultation with department chairs and faculty, assisting the admissions
- office in recruitment of students to the school in accordance with enrollment policies and procedures.
Evaluation of Deans
Performance evaluations of each dean should be completed each spring by the provost in consultation with appropriate members of the academic community, and then discussed with the appropriate dean.
A full review of each dean’s appointment will be conducted no less frequently than at five-year intervals.
Incapacity of Deans
If the provost determines that incapacity of a dean exists, the provost will be responsible for taking the appropriate action in consultation with the chairs and appropriate faculty representatives.