Faculty Handbook


Senior Administrators

Information about Senior Administrators is on the Office of the President's website.


Tennessee Technological University is divided into eight Colleges and Schools with a Dean appointed by the President serving as the leader and coordinator in the particular academic areas of the institution's instructional program represented by these divisions. The duties of a Dean of a College or School are as follows:

  • Guidance and coordination in the development of admission requirements and curriculum within the College or School by the instructional staff.
  • Assistance in the selection, improvement, and evaluation of the instructional staff (review of credentials with departmental chairpersons, screening of applications, and formulation of recommendations for final interviews with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President; review of proposed changes in academic rank).
  • Concern for the orientation of new staff members, and the professional growth of all staff members.
  • Leadership in staff development of improved teaching techniques and methods of instruction.
  • Review of departmental requisitions on budget allotments and on change of textbooks.
    Inventory responsibilities for all property of particular Colleges and Schools.
  • Assistance in preparation of annual budget with a unified budget request from each College or School.
  • Review of substitutions in course requirements for departmental majors.
  • Direction of College or School staff meetings with emphasis on working policies of cooperation and collective agreement.
  • Supervision of the preparation of catalog material for respective Colleges or Schools.
  • Representation of the College or School on the Academic or Administrative Council.
  • Representation of the College or School on certain other faculty committees.
  • Adjustment of teaching loads and course offerings for semester schedules with other administrative officers.


Each chairperson serves as the leader of the group of faculty members in a given subject area. Certain specific responsibilities and functions of a departmental chairperson include the following:

  • Serves as a channel of communication between departmental members, the Dean of the College or School, and the administration for departmental requests and required administrative records and reports.
  • Budgetary operation through requisitions or memoranda for expenditures on items of laboratory and office supplies, equipment, professional travel, and student employment.
  • Assistance in selection and evaluation of the department's instructional staff.
  • Leadership in departmental activities involving scholarship standards, methods of instruction, evaluations with departmental objectives, departmental promotional activities, library lists, practical and useful syllabi for departmental offerings, curriculum development and balance, professional development, and continuity in long-range planning for the departmental program.
  • Coordination for counseling, testing, and guidance programs for departmental majors, those students whose progress within the college depends mainly on the course within the department.
  • Representation of departmental views in the Curriculum Committee's development of university curricula and of degree requirements and for interdepartmental cooperation on maintaining proper balance and correlation in the various fields of learning.


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