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Covering a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of education and research across the humanities and the natural and social sciences, the organization of CAS aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students and faculty an organizational structure and culture that provides support for them as they pursue excellence in teaching and discovery.
Department chairs and program directors are appointed by the Dean with the advice of the faculty of the department or program. Terms for chairs and directors are generally three years renewable once. The standard process for determining succession is that early in the final year of a term in office the Dean appoints delegates to seek the advice of all faculty in the department or program phrased in terms of three questions:
The Dean then seeks to recruit the appropriate candidate to serve as chair or director. Appointments to formal administrative positions such as (associate) chair or director, director of undergraduate studies, and director of graduate studies are made by the Dean and may include overbase compensation and/or teaching release or other support as appropriate. It is CAS policy to offer such support packages on the basis of equity and comparability for positions of similar scope and complexity across the College rather than to treat support for faculty citizenship, service, and administration as a matter of individual compensation and negotiation.
For CAS administrative calendars, deadlines, and timelines, visit the CAS Administrative Calendars page.