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3 Table of Contents I. THE COLLEGE... 1 MISSION AND FOUNDATIONS OF AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE... 1 AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE VALUES... 2 EDUCATIONAL GOALS... 3 ADMINISTRATORS... 4 OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT... 4 ACADEMIC AFFAIRS... 4 STUDENT LIFE... 6 BUSINESS AND FINANCE... 7 COLLEGE ADVANCEMENT... 8 ENROLLMENT... 8 CHAIRS OF THE ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS PROGRAM DIRECTORS COLLEGE COMMITTEES...12 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSESSMENT SUPPORT TEAM...12 ATHLETICS ADVISORY BOARD...12 BUDGET WORK GROUP...13 COLLEGE COMMITTEE ON FAITH AND LEARNING...13 CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM...13 FILM SHOOT ADVISORY COMMITTEE...13 HONORARY DEGREE COMMITTEE...14 JUDICIAL REVIEW COMMITTEE...14 SUSTAINABILITY STEERING COMMITTEE...15 Committees Appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs Scholarships Advisers for II. THE FACULTY GOVERNANCE...19 Members of the Agnes Scott College Faculty BYLAWS...21 Article One: Composition and Function...21 Article Two: Officers...22 Article Three: Committees...22 FACULTY COMMITTEES...23 COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND ADMISSION (CASA)...23 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE...24 COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PDC COMMITTEE)...25 COMMITTEE ON REAPPOINTMENT, PROMOTION AND TENURE (RPT COMMITTEE)...26 FACULTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (FEC)...26 FINANCE COMMITTEE...27 STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE...28 ACADEMIC SUPPORT COMMITTEE...28 CAMPUS LIFE COMMITTEE...28 Article Four: Meetings...29 Article Five: Suffrage and Voting...30 Article Six: Elections...30 Article Seven: Amendment of the Bylaws...32 VOTING MEMBERS OF THE AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE FACULTY **...34 FACULTY COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP FOR FACULTY MEETINGS ACADEMIC PROCESSION DATES Academic Procession List for POLICIES...38 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY...38

4 APPOINTMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES...39 REAPPOINTMENT, PROMOTION, AND TENURE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES...43 DISMISSAL OF TEACHING FACULTY...75 POLICY ON FULL-TIME NON-TENURE-TRACK FACULTY...80 STATEMENT OF POLICY FOR PERIODIC REVIEW OF TENURED FACULTY...83 GUIDELINES FOR SURVEYS OF STUDENT OPINION OF TEACHING...84 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE...85 POLICY ON SABBATICAL LEAVES...86 GUIDELINES FOR FACULTY RECRUITMENT...90 DEFINITION OF FULL-TIME FACULTY SCHEDULE...93 POLICY ON PAID LEAVE FOR UNTENURED TEACHING FACULTY...93 POLICY CONCERNING OFF-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT...93 POLICY ON FACULTY OFF-CAMPUS CONSULTING...94 POLICY ON FACULTY SALARIES FROM GRANT FUNDS...94 III. ACADEMIC REGULATIONS AND POLICIES...95 IMPORTANT DATES FOR FACULTY FALL SEMESTER...95 SPRING SEMESTER...97 STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES...99 STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY AscAGNES CLASS INFORMATION ORGANIZATION OF CLASSES CLASS ATTENDANCE, TESTS, AND PAPERS EXAMINATIONS GRADES POLICY FOR DISPUTED FINAL GRADES GRADE CHANGE PROCEDURE DISRUPTIVE CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR POLICY GUIDELINES FOR DESIGNING AND SUPERVISING INTERNSHIPS GUIDELINES ON COURSE ENROLLMENT CAPS GUIDELINES FOR CHANGES IN COURSE OFFERINGS POLICY ON THE CANCELLATION OF COURSES CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS POLICY ON STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ATLANTA REGIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (ARCHE) STUDY ABROAD INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FACULTY ENTERTAINMENT OF STUDENTS DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM REVIEW GUIDELINES IV. BENEFITS, SERVICES, AND FACILITIES FACULTY BENEFITS RETIREMENT PROGRAMS LIFE INSURANCE MEDICAL INSURANCE DENTAL INSURANCE VISION INSURANCE WORKER'S COMPENSATION INSURANCE LONG-TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE DIRECT DEPOSIT OF PAYROLL PAYROLL SAVINGS CHILD CARE REFERRAL SERVICE BENEFITS FOR DOMESTIC PARTNERS

5 EAP EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PLAN FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE POLICY PARENTAL LEAVE FOR FACULTY TUITION PRIVILEGES FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FACULTY TRAVEL GRANTS OUTSIDE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES GENERAL COLLEGE SERVICES FACULTY OFFICE AND TELEPHONE ASSIGNMENTS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MCCAIN LIBRARY LEASING POLICY FOR COLLEGE PROPERTIES PARKING V. COLLEGE POLICIES ACCEPTABLE USE OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES POLICY ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY BACKGROUND CHECK POLICY BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS CAMPUS ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT CAMPUS VIOLENCE PREVENTION POLICY CONFLICTS OF INTEREST CONSENSUAL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS PROCESS FOR INVESTIGATING VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSENSUAL SEXUAL RELATIONS POLICY DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT GUIDELINES ELECTRONIC MAIL GUIDELINES APPROPRIATE USE OF THE AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE LOGO AND SEAL CARE AND USE OF ANIMALS IN RESEARCH PROTECTION OF HUMAN RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS GUN AND KNIFE POLICY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY LEAVE DURING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES IN THE WORKPLACE POSTING POLICY RESEARCH MISCONDUCT POLICY SEVERE WEATHER POLICY SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY AND PROCESS SMOKING POLICY SPOKESPERSON POLICY STATEMENT STATEMENT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE POLICY POLICY ON REPORTING SUSPECTED MISCONDUCT (WHISTLEBLOWER POLICY) WORLD WIDE WEB GUIDELINES

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11 I. THE COLLEGE I. THE COLLEGE BYLAWS OF AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE The current (2006) Articles of Incorporation and the current (2012) Bylaws of the college are available on the college intranet. MISSION AND FOUNDATIONS OF AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE MISSION OF AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Agnes Scott College provides a dynamic liberal arts and sciences curriculum of the highest standards so that students and faculty can realize their full creative and intellectual potential. Agnes Scott College fosters an environment in which women can develop high expectations for themselves as individuals, scholars, professionals and citizens of the world. Agnes Scott College strives to be a just and inclusive community that expects honorable behavior, encourages spiritual inquiry and promotes respectful dialogue across differences. Officially adopted by the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees, August 2002; reaffirmed by the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees May 2012 FOUNDATIONS Agnes Scott College honors in its name the integrity and intellectual curiosity of Agnes Irvine Scott, a Scots-Irish immigrant to the United States. Her son Colonel George Washington Scott was the college s primary benefactor, and The Reverend Frank Henry Gaines, minister of Decatur Presbyterian Church, was the founding president. While their leadership extended into the South the Presbyterian educational movement that began with Princeton, Agnes Scott was established with a distinctive mission: to educate women for the betterment of their families and the elevation of their region. Initially named the Decatur Female Seminary in 1889 and renamed the Agnes Scott Institute in 1890, the college was chartered as Agnes Scott College in The first institution of higher education in Georgia to receive regional accreditation, Agnes Scott College dedicated itself from the beginning to the highest level of moral and intellectual training and education. 1 Its emphasis on academic excellence and a rigorous liberal arts curriculum fully abreast of the best institutions of this country 2 has always encouraged independent thinking in an atmosphere for learning. The college s residential campus, prized for its aesthetic distinction, has given all student generations a sense of place, purpose and responsibility. Student self-government under an honor code has been a hallmark since A founding member of many national and regional educational associations, Agnes Scott has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since This tradition of educational leadership continues in the 21st century as the college models new forms of undergraduate education for women, including innovative science and international programs and linkages to Atlanta s university, business and cultural communities. 1 Charter, Decatur Female Seminary, August 27, Agnes Scott Ideal, Frank H. Gaines,

12 Agnes Scott College Faculty Handbook The Reformed tradition in which the college was created helped shape the intellectual, spiritual and ethical values affirmed to this day: individual inquiry, commitment to the common good, the importance of character formation and engagement with the world. These are reflected in its motto from II Peter 1:5, Now add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge. The college s charter commitment to provide auspices distinctly favorable to the maintenance of the faith and practice of the Christian religion has broadened into a commitment to ensure that students, faculty and staff of many faiths and secular persuasions are full participants in the life of the college. While Agnes Scott continues to be related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), its Board of Trustees is an independent, self-perpetuating governing body. Widening the vision of its founders while remaining grounded in its original mission, Agnes Scott College continues to provide women with an edge for achievement. Alumnae distinguish themselves in medicine, science, education, ministry, the arts, law, politics, business and community service. Since the early 1920s the college has ranked in the top ten percent of American colleges whose graduates complete Ph.D. degrees. The Agnes Scott student body has expanded to include women who represent the diversity that is the United States and the world and women who are returning to college to complete their degrees. The engagement of the Agnes Scott community in the intellectual, cultural and social issues of its times represents both the proud history and the bright future of the college. Officially adopted by the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees, May 2012 AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE VALUES A COMMITMENT TO WOMEN To a holistic approach to education for women, acknowledging the primacy of intellectual development, with integrating opportunities for physical, social, cultural, and spiritual development. To perspectives within the liberal arts tradition that are particularly significant to women. A COMMITMENT TO TEACHING AND LEARNING To academic excellence, rigor and creativity that engender the joy of learning. To personal interaction between students and faculty with an emphasis on independent study and mentoring. To the utilization of wide ranging pedagogical techniques and technologies. To an emphasis on collaborative learning. A COMMITMENT TO LIBERAL ARTS To the experience of a broad range of liberal studies disciplines, including the humanities, fine arts, natural and social sciences with significant depth in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary major. To the liberal arts as the indispensable foundation for professional life. A COMMITMENT TO AN APPRECIATION OF DIVERSE CULTURES To curricula reflecting a wide range of original sources and scholarly critiques. To a student body and a faculty who bring to Agnes Scott the diverse perspectives of their circumstances, cultures and backgrounds. To respectful engagement with divergent ideas, philosophies and perspectives from all members of the college community. To applied learning opportunities in local and international communities. A COMMITMENT TO A COMMUNITY THAT VALUES JUSTICE, COURAGE AND INTEGRITY 2

13 I. THE COLLEGE To encourage the development of a spiritual commitment and a set of values that can serve as sources of vitality, meaning and guidance in the lives of students. To support the development of leadership skills and community service experiences needed to become effective contributors to one s family, profession and to society and world citizenship. Endorsed by the Faculty, April 1995 Affirmed by the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees, August 2002 EDUCATIONAL GOALS In preparation for a lifetime of learning, the successful Agnes Scott student should: 1. Think critically. The student evaluates the arguments of others for accuracy, significance and fairness, and develops independent conclusions. 2. Communicate effectively through writing and speaking. The student uses language clearly and persuasively. 3. Undertake systematic inquiry for learning and problem solving. The student takes an intentional and systematic approach to research: gathering sources, making observations, conducting experiments and analyzing data, while recognizing the factors that influence the final results. 4. Act as a responsible citizen. The student speaks to the connections between global and local events and engages in constructive dialogue about the different kinds of culture, knowledge and belief systems that shape our world today. 5. Develop or appreciate creative expressions. The student expresses herself through at least one artistic medium or understands and interprets the creative expressions of others. 6. Appreciate and respond to the achievements of others. The student demonstrates an understanding of human achievements in the world of ideas and culture and can engage and critique those achievements as she develops her own intellect. 7. Integrate knowledge and perspectives from a broad range of disciplines. The student acquires and can analyze and synthesize ideas and information from different fields and disciplines. 8. Develop a set of values. Through an ongoing process of reflection and examination the student develops socially responsible values consonant with an honorable life. 9. Pursue the development of the whole person. The student recognizes that her education does not occur solely in the classroom. It takes place in a larger community and includes a variety of dimensions: physical, emotional, cultural, and spiritual. Endorsed by the Faculty May

14 Agnes Scott College Faculty Handbook ADMINISTRATORS Officers: President (See the college bylaws, Section 6.9.) Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College (See the college bylaws, Section 6.10.) Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (See the college bylaws, Section 6.11) Vice President for Business and Finance (See the college bylaws, Section 6.12.) Vice President for College Advancement (See the college bylaws, Section 6.13) Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission (See the college bylaws, Section 6.14) Secretary (See the college bylaws, Section 6.15.) OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Director of the Office of the President The director of the office of the president supervises the work of the Office of the President including institutional research, coordinates strategic planning efforts, assists the president in implementing projects of strategic importance to the college, serves as SACS liaison and provides support for the president s senior staff and the Board of Trustees. Director of Institutional Research The director of institutional research is responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating accurate and consistent data regarding the college to external audiences and to internal audiences in support of institutional planning and decision-making; coordinating and/or completing all institutional survey responses; and coordinating all surveys of Agnes Scott College constituencies. Director of Sustainability The director of sustainability has overall responsibility for the college s sustainability and conservation initiatives. ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of the College The associate vice president for academic affairs and associate dean of the college (AVPAA) assists the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college in the overall planning, operation and administration of academic programs at Agnes Scott College. In addition, the AVPAA oversees the academic advising and the registrar s offices, faculty services, and science building operations, works with department chairs and program directors to recruit and evaluate part-time faculty, and directs special programs, including summer school and mentored research. 4

15 I. THE COLLEGE Assistant Dean of the College and Director of Academic Advising and Student Success The assistant dean of the college and director of academic advising has general charge of the monitoring and supervision of all procedures and policies concerning academic standards and develops and supervises academic advising. Registrar The registrar establishes and maintains all student academic records; manages all student registrations; coordinates grading procedures, both mid-term and end-of-semester; prepares the schedule of classes and schedules classroom usage. Associate Vice President for Technology The associate vice president for technology is responsible for the supervision, direction and operation of all computing and media resources; provides leadership in and support for the incorporation of information technology in all administrative and academic areas of the college; and supervises the delivery of support services. Director of Library Services The director of library services is responsible for the McCain Library collection, library policies and activities and library staffing to meet the information needs of the academic community of the college. Associate Dean of International Education The associate dean of international education plans and coordinates academic international experience programs including Global Awareness and Global Connections, study abroad, international exchange programs for faculty and students, international internships; advises international students on visa issues; and coordinates visits of international faculty. Director of the Science Center for Women The director of the science center for women manages and coordinates programs that support students and faculty in the sciences. These programs include student-faculty collaborative research, public health education, and the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program. Director of Sponsored Programs The director of sponsored programs develops and administers a college-wide Office of Sponsored Programs within the guidelines of applicable federal and state laws and college and departmental policies and procedures. The director of the Office of Sponsored Programs is responsible for assuring that proposals to external sponsors conform to sponsor guidelines and College policies, and if funded, that projects comply with sponsor requirements, applicable laws, and College policies and procedures. The Office of Sponsored Programs is responsible for monitoring all grant activity, ensuring accountability and compliance with applicable federal regulations, sponsor guidelines and College policies, and for overseeing the reporting process. Senior Budget Manager The senior budget manager provides financial oversight for the division of academic affairs/dean of the college. The senior budget manager is responsible for the management of all division budgets and accounts and advises faculty and staff on financial policy and process. Reports directly to the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, represents the division on campus-wide committees and works with faculty, staff, students, administrators from other colleges and universities, and outside vendors. 5

16 Agnes Scott College Faculty Handbook Director, Internships and Experiential Learning The coordinator of internships provides a centralized location for information about internships and a virtual location for information about internships, service learning and volunteer opportunities across the institution. The coordinator works with co-workers, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumnae, and outside companies and agencies to initiate internship opportunities, programs and activities. STUDENT LIFE Associate Dean of Students The associate dean of students provides vision, leadership, and direction in the creation and implementation of a holistic co-curriculum that intentionally and meaningfully engages students from matriculation through graduation. The associate dean of students oversees the office of career planning, the office of residence life, and takes leadership in planning orientation programs and other student success initiatives. Associate Dean of Students and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity The associate dean of students and special assistant to the president for diversity helps design and implement a comprehensive program of student services that support the educational experience of students beyond the classroom. The associate dean directs and supervises primary areas of student life, including the center for student engagement which incorporates the areas of diversity, leadership and service and consists of staff including the director of campus life and student engagement, the assistant director of campus life and intercultural engagement and four graduate coordinators. As the college s chief diversity officer, the special assistant to the president on diversity serves as the coordinator for Title IX policies and advises the president on diversity and inclusion practices at the institution. Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement The director of campus life and student engagement creates synergy between all areas of campus life including leadership, diversity, and programs. The director of campus life and student engagement plans, coordinates and implements a continuing series of activities and events designed to meet the out-of-class needs of Agnes Scott students. Programming is planned to recognize and appeal to the interests of Agnes Scott s diverse student body. The director of campus life and student engagement in collaboration develops and leads student leadership opportunities and works to create leadership connections between alumnae and students. Assistant Director of Campus Life and Intercultural Engagement The assistant director of campus life and intercultural engagement works with student groups and committees to improve the campus climate by advising on and providing training with respect to multicultural issues, assisting with mediation of conflicts and collaborating on multicultural celebrations and awareness programming. The director of campus life and student engagement in collaboration develops and leads student leadership opportunities and works to create leadership connections between alumnae and students. Director of Career Planning The director of career planning develops and manages a comprehensive program that educates students to find their places of meaning and service in the world through engagement with their internal and external resources. The director collaborates with the coordinator of internships, alumnae, faculty and external constituencies to support experiential, career, post-graduation education, and employment decisions, which complement the curriculum. Director of Residence Life 6

17 I. THE COLLEGE The director of residence life is responsible for providing vision, leadership and development for a holistic residence life program, a living and learning environment that supports the intellectual, personal and professional growth of women students at Agnes Scott College. The director collaborates with FYS and GEMS faculty in the development of the first year Living and Learning Communities and supervises a team of Graduate Hall Directors, Resident Assistants and Administrative Assistant in facilitating educational and social programs and manages our 24 hour emergency response. Director of Athletics The director of athletics serves as the physical education chair and supervises all athletic and intramural programs; organizes and manages summer athletic programs; manages finances, program promotions, facilities, equipment and compliance with campus and NCAA rules; and coordinates the on/off campus use of college athletic facilities. Director of Counseling and Psychological Services-The director of counseling and psychological services is responsible for the provision of comprehensive student counseling services including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and the development of educational and preventative programming in mental health/wellness. Clinical Director of Student Health Services The director of student health services provides complete and comprehensive health services for residential students by direct clinical services, as well as limited, well-defined health services to Woodruff Scholars, day students, faculty and staff through health screening, referral assistance, health education and counseling. The director is responsible for collaborative hiring of health consultants and develops and implements peer education programs. Wellness Center Administrator The wellness center administrator provides administrative leadership for Student Health Services (SHS) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by developing and maintaining a fiscal plan for the center. The administrator also forecasts and manages the budget for the wellness center Julia Thompson Smith Chaplain The Julia Thompson Smith Chaplain, an ordained Presbyterian minister, provides spiritual guidance to a diverse faith community of students, faculty and staff. The chaplain works with the campus community to offer a variety of programs, which emphasize the vitality of faith and learning, address challenging ethical and social issues and foster greater knowledge and understanding of all religions. BUSINESS AND FINANCE Controller The controller manages the accounting office, including purchase of college goods, payment of college vendors, billing of receivables including student accounts, receipt of all college monies and reporting of financial information, and coordinates the annual financial audit. Senior Financial Analyst The senior financial analyst works closely with the vice president for business and finance in planning strategy for the college's financial and business affairs and works within the area to assure close coordination among the several functional units to assure service effectiveness and efficiency. Director of Human Resources The director of human resources maintains and supervises the staff employee recruitment process; administers employee benefit programs, salary administration, performance evaluation and workers 7

18 Agnes Scott College Faculty Handbook compensation; administers and maintains programs for effective employer /employee relations and training and development; ensures compliance with federal and state laws as they apply to employment and benefits; and supervises the payroll process. Director of Facilities The director of facilities manages the maintenance functions of the college and is responsible for the management of the rental property programs and maintenance. Maintenance functions include carpentry and paint, electrical and mechanical, landscaping and custodial services. Director of Public Safety The director of public safety manages the Department of Public Safety and supervises the provision of safety and security services designed to provide for and maintain a safe learning, working and living environment for the campus community, including police services, traffic and parking, environmental and occupational safety, fire safety, key control and the motor pool. The director of public safety also serves as the chief of police and directs all law enforcement matters concerning violations of state law in the college community. COLLEGE ADVANCEMENT Senior Director of Development The senior director of development serves as chief fundraising professional for the college through direct contact with donors as well as through strategic planning, supervision and implementation of the following programs: annual fund, capital gifts, gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, external relations and research. Senior Director of Alumnae Relations The senior director of alumnae relations coordinates the activities of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association and its volunteer Board, organizes alumnae programs on and off campus such as Alumnae Weekend and Scottie Book Month, and works to engage alumnae with the college, current students, faculty and each other. Senior Director of Communications The senior director of communications serves as the chief communications and marketing professional of the college, acting as its principal spokesperson and directing the functional responsibilities for media relations, advertising, publications, creative services, interactive communications, special events and conferences. Director of Advancement Services The director of advancement services coordinates all service aspects of the college advancement division, including processing gifts, issuing gift receipts and acknowledgements, running gift reports and database inquiries, and providing meaningful donor stewardship. ENROLLMENT Director of Admission The director of admission manages the recruitment process and daily operation of the Office of Admission, develops recruitment strategies to attract undergraduate inquiries, applicants and enrolled students and provides leadership in collaborating with alumnae, high school guidance counselors, teachers, Presbyterian ministers and others to assist with attracting potential candidates for admission. Director of Financial Aid 8

19 I. THE COLLEGE The director of financial aid manages the college s financial aid program, utilizing college resources to maximize enrollment while maintaining full compliance with all federal, state and college regulations and develops and recommends policies designed to accomplish institutional goals. A Statement on the Duties and Responsibilities of Department Chairs Department chairs are appointed by the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. Serving as chair is a crucial form of service to the college. As a matter of fairness, all tenured faculty are expected to share in this responsibility. The duties and responsibilities of the department chair begin with leadership. This leadership is properly demonstrated in the development and maintenance of the strength and character of the department, of high professional standards and department morale, of clear and equitable procedures for appropriate department participation in department decisions. Department chairs are expected to involve their departmental colleagues in the consideration of departmental matters and in the reaching of departmental decisions and recommendations, but they are not thereby denied the opportunity, or absolved of the responsibility, of expressing their personal judgments and convictions as chairs. The chair works with the director of academic advising on assigning advisers for majors. The chair is responsible for overseeing the advising of all minors. The chair works with the director of academic advising in placing incoming students in courses at the proper level and in evaluating and interpreting credit from other institutions. In addition, department chairs' duties include the following: a continuing evaluation of the department's curriculum and its relationship to the overall curriculum of the college; the recommendation to the curriculum committee of the appropriate amount of course credit for the department s courses; the careful monitoring of the department budget; the care of the department equipment and facilities (where appropriate); the preparation of catalogue material; the initiation of selection procedures and recommendations to the dean and to the president with respect to faculty appointment; the orientation of new faculty into the department and the college; supervision of full-time and part-time faculty, including their submission of reports and grades by the stated dates; the representation of the department on appropriate occasions; the handling of department correspondence; the supervision of student aides; the supervision of library orders and other library business. Department chairs are thus leaders and administrators of their respective departments, acting in a liaison capacity with the Vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college and the president. In general, a chair is appointed for a term of three (3) years; the appointment is effective July 1 of the year of appointment. Chairs may be reappointed for a second term but shall not serve more than six (6) years consecutively except in unusual circumstances. Professors and associate professors are preferred candidates for appointment as chairs. When a chair is absent from the college during a year or a portion of a year for sabbatical or other leave, an acting chair is appointed. No person serves as chair of a department in the year immediately preceding retirement. July Revised July 1991, June 1992, July 1993, August

20 Agnes Scott College Faculty Handbook CHAIRS OF THE ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS Art and Art History Katherine Smith (15) Biology Karen Thompson (16) Chemistry Lilia Harvey (16) Classics Megan Drinkwater (15) Economics Li Qi (16) (Jim Abbot interim for ) Education Toby Emert (14) English Christine Cozzens (14) French and German Philip Ojo (14) History Mary Cain (16) Mathematics Jim Wiseman (15) Music Tracey Laird (16) Philosophy Lara Denis (14) Physics/Astronomy Chris De Pree (14) (Amy Lovell interim spring 2014) Political Science Gus Cochran (14) Psychology Jennifer Hughes (15) Religious Studies Abraham Zablocki (14) Sociology/Anthropology Yvonne Newsome (14) Spanish Mike Schlig (15) Theatre and Dance David Thompson (15) PROGRAM DIRECTORS Africana studies Willie Tolliver (15) Asian studies Shu-chin Wu (16) Biochemistry Doug Fantz/Tim Finco (16) Dance Bridget Roosa (16) Environmental & sustainability studies John Pilger/Hal Thorsrud (14) Film and Media Studies Willie Tolliver (15) Human rights Tina Pippin (14) International relations Eleanor Morris (16) Neuroscience Karen Thompson (15) Public health* Doug Falen (14) 10

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