Chairing an academic department is one of the most rewarding but also challenging administrative positions in higher education. The departments are quite literally where the work of the College gets done. The professional lives of the faculty and students are, by and large, lived within their academic departments. Thus the departmental climate and its operations are paramount to the success, happiness, and professional development of faculty and students.
Yet department chairs are often asked to assume these duties with little or no training, resources, or dedicated support. In recognition of the pivotal role of the department chair, this section provides a library of resources for chairs in the areas of leadership, time management, conflict management and bullying, and tips for brand new chairs.
The associate provost for academic administration, faculty development, and research also matches department chairs in their first year with experienced chairs, who serve as peer mentors.
The City University of New York (CUNY) offers a suite of in-person workshops several times per year for CUNY Chairs. Baruch chairs are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of these workshops.
Please feel free to contact the associate provost at 646-660-6514, or stop by Newman Vertical Campus, Room 4-230, should you wish to discuss any aspect of chairing.
On behalf of the College, we extend our appreciation and admiration to our department chairs!
“Working with Problem Faculty: A Six-Step Guide for Department Chairs,” Crookston-Bullies, 2012
“The College Administrator’s Survival Guide,” Gunsalus-Bullies, 2016
“Faculty Experiences with Bullying in Higher Education,” Keashley and Neuman
Personality Type and Conflict Management Style Assessments
“Workplace Bullies” – PSC-CUNY
Anti-Bullying Policy – QCC, 2014
Each Fall semester the search for new faculty begins for Baruch College. As candidates are selected by each department, the Personnel and Budget meetings commence and an official offer from the College is made by the provost. The Office of Academic Administration is the liaison for school administrators and the Provost Office to complete the academic appointments. Support for hiring all levels of faculty appointments can be found here:
Request to Send Letter of Offer for Full-Time Faculty Position
Baruch faculty at the rank of Full Professor, with ten or more years of CUNY service, who retire in good standing will automatically receive Emeritus/Emerita status. The action is initiated by the Baruch Office of Human Resources, which notifies the Office of the President that a faculty in this category has retired. The Office of the President issues the letter of appointment.
Faculty in professorial titles not at the rank of Full Professor, or not having ten or more years of CUNY service, may apply for Emeritus/Emerita status. The link to the form is below. The request routes through the Personnel and Budget Process and is ultimately decided by the President, whose office issues the letter of appointment.
A flow chart of the process can be found in the link below, as can the relevant bylaws which were amended in 2015.
Baruch College Emeritus/Emerita Status Workflow
Baruch College Request for Emeritus/Emerita Status Form
Manual of General Policy: Article V Faculty, Staff and Administration > Policy 5.17 Professor Emeritus