The Chair is the chief administrative officer of the department. As such, the Chair is responsible for directing its instructional program and administrative operation. The Chair represents the department in discussions on academic and administrative matters with the administration of the College, other departments at Barnard, and with the counterpart department at Columbia. In consultation with the Provost, s/he directs the negotiations with candidates being considered for appointment in the department, insures that non-tenured and off-ladder faculty are reviewed for reappointment and promotion in a timely manner, and reviews all requests for leaves before they are forwarded to the Provost. The Chair also prepares the department’s annual instructional budget proposal, makes recommendations to the Provost on the salaries of its faculty, directs its curricular program, oversees relations between its students and faculty, and approves all research proposals submitted by its members, including external grant and fellowship applications.
The Department Chair is responsible for: