Chairs of Excellence
AFG CHAIR OF EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
ALLEN AND RUTH HARRIS CHAIR OF EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS
Overview of Responsibilities:
Endowed Chairs of Excellence play an important role in the East Tennessee State University College of Business and Technology (CBAT). Chairholders serve as full-time faculty members in the College reporting to CBAT’s Dean. Chairholders are embedded in College departments based on their expertise and, thus, also report to one or more department chairs.
Chairholders work closely with CBAT’s Dean to assist in fulfilling the College’s strategic mission. They help to build and maintain relationships between CBAT and regional and international partners and serve as liaisons between external organizations and CBAT personnel.
Qualifications and Appointment:
Chairholders will be full-time, nine-month tenured faculty members or professors of practice with outstanding professional and academic credentials. Chairholders are appointed for a period of up to five years.
Chairholders will undergo an administrative review at the end of their third year to evaluate their performance, achievement of goals, execution of planned activities, and attainment of key performance indicators (KPIs).
Following a successful review, chairholders may be renewed at the Dean’s discretion.
Activities and Performance:
Chairholders will meet with the Dean and relevant department chair(s) at least annually to determine goals, plan activities, and identify KPIs. Goals, activities, and KPIs will be based on the duties specified in this document as well as emerging opportunities. Activities will be planned to maximize positive results for the College.
In addition to outstanding professional and academic credentials, chairholders are expected to bring their unique skills, abilities, and insights to the role. As such, responsibilities can be modified through a written agreement between the Chairholder and the Dean.
1. Teach a specified number of undergraduate and/or graduate courses, being
fully responsible for all course elements.
2. Conduct seminars or serve as guest lecturers for a variety of CBAT classes.
3. Work to advance research, scholarship, and creative activities within CBAT through direct involvement or by facilitating the work of others by identifying areas of joint research interests and sources of grant funding for projects, by participating in research projects for presentation and publication, and by otherwise stimulating creative efforts.
4. Lend their expertise to the advancement of academic program objectives specific to their endowment.
5. Work to strengthen interdisciplinary ties among CBAT’s programs, departments, faculty, and students through engagement in the College’s strategic planning process and execution of designated activities.
6. Promote ETSU and CBAT visibility by engaging with organizations, domestic and international, to develop and foster partnerships with the goal of driving innovation and collaboration between CBAT, ETSU, and those organizations.
7. Offer workshops and other similar activities each year to regional businesses to provide them with their expertise and to draw upon expertise of others.
8. Use their networking abilities to bring experts and leaders from the region and beyond to CBAT to engage with students and faculty.
9. Provide special programs and consulting services to regional organizations.
10. Engage with internal and external stakeholders to identify emerging programs, trends, and activities to ensure currency of CBAT curricula, programs, and activities.
Additional Responsibilities of the Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence
1. The chairholder will be embedded in one of the College’s business departments based on his/her area of expertise.
2. The chairholder will lend his or her expertise to the advancement of the objectives of one of the College’s graduate business programs.
Additional Responsibilities of the AFG Chair of Excellence in Business and Technology
1. The chairholder will be embedded in one of the College’s technology departments and hold a joint appointment in one of the College’s business departments based on his/her area of expertise. The chairholder will interact with both department chairs regularly to plan activities and ensure the chair’s active engagement in both departments.
2. The chairholder will engage in activities focusing on technological initiatives. This includes activities such as supporting student initiatives, engaging faculty to develop innovative technology-related courses and curricula, and partnering with external organizations engaged in technology development.
3. The chairholder will engage in activities focusing on entrepreneurship. This includes supporting student initiatives, engaging faculty to develop entrepreneurship courses and curricula, and partnering with external organizations engaged in entrepreneurship development.