The College Plan for the selection of Chairperson, along with the Timeline for the election process of Chairperson, is intended to keep the lines of communication open between faculty and administration as well as to safeguard the individual rights of all concerned.
Under any of the following conditions, the Vice President of Academic Affairs or his/her designee shall declare to the appropriate Instructional Dean and to the RFP faculty of the department that the position of Department Chairperson is vacant. If a designee is appointed, the faculty of the department will be notified:
Notification will be sent at the same time to all RFP faculty members of the departments undergoing chair elections. If the election is delayed, the RFP faculty members of the department should be so notified and the reason given. All notifications will be copied to the Faculty Senate President.
The department may meet with the Vice President or his/her designee to establish earlier dates.
The Vice President will notify department members within five (5) working days of the vacancy.
Any residential faculty member of the department may self-nominate by returning, in person or by a notarized letter, the self-nomination form to the Vice President.
Each department is encouraged to conduct a forum wherein each candidate will present his/her goals and objectives as department chair. This forum will be held within ten (10) working days of the announced candidacy.
Ballots for the election will be distributed to the department members. Department members will return their ballots to the Vice President in person or by a notarized letter.
Voting will be completed within five (5) working days of the distribution of ballots.