Heads, Chairs and Directors are all members of the Faculty Association. All of the protections and terms afforded to faculty are available to Heads & Directors. There are at present no specific university-wide written agreements or policies governing the appointment terms for heads and directors, but there are some long-standing practices which govern this important task:
Heads & Directors are normally full professors appointed by a collegial process from within the department. Deans will sometimes authorize an external search for a head/director.
Heads and Directors normally serve 3-5-year terms; the length of term and its renewal can be negotiated.
Heads & Directors normally receive teaching release (full or partial), an administrative stipend each year, and administrative leave at the end of their term to compensate them for their extra work. Make sure that these terms are spelled out in writing from the Dean when your appointment is confirmed.
In Vancouver, Heads & Directors are also eligible for the Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) which offers a series of workshops and seminars to train and inform new heads and directors.
We can assist you in three major parts of your work as a head or director:
- Negotiating and clarifying the terms of your own position as head;
- When you need help applying and implementing elements of the Collective Agreement for the members of your Unit (promotion and tenure protocols, posting of appointments, etc)
- Assisting you in handling a problem or potential grievance against the University which may arise within your unit;
- Providing you with representation as appropriate if you are directly involved in a conflict or grievance or disciplinary action.