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Chairs Handbook

East Tennessee State University



  • Review and share information on academic and other matters of concern pertinent to the management and leadership of academic departments;
  • Mentor new chairs;
  • Review and discuss policies, guidelines, and other matters impacting the institution's academic mission, academic leadership, academic standards, academic effectiveness, and faculty; and
  • Contribute to University matters through Academic Council and Presidents Council. 


Chairs of Academic Departments

Executive Committee Membership

  • The college chair representative is elected by the colleges chairs and serves a three-year term. 
  • The Chair, Council of Academic Chairs, is elected from the executive committee membership for one-year terms and is eligible to continue in this role for a total of three years.

Executive Committee Terms

  • Staggered three-year terms
  • College of Medicine chose one-year terms

Chair, CAC Executive Committee Duties

  • Sets agendas
  • Holds monthly meetings of the Executive Committee
  • Plans and implement CAC meeting(s)
  • Represents the CAC on Academic Council and Presidents Council
  • Distributes information and garners input from the CAC membership
  • Meets with the Provost monthly
  • Submits a years end wrap-up report to the Provost regarding the agendas, discussions, and actions of the Council of Chairs.


  • Chair of Chairs benefit in recognition of his/her work:  one course release per year or equivalency (adjunct salary) in travel
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