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  • Chair & ADA resources

    UWL and College of Liberal Studies (CLS) resources for chairs are provided below by category:

    MEETINGS: CLS chairs' meet every second and fourth Monday of the month at 2:15 pm 

    Major deadlines

     A month-by-month overview of major deadlines - Year at-a-glance

    Note: Important Human Resources and Records & Registration deadlines are reflected in UWL's master calendar that can be routed to an individual's calendar.

    Provost's Office specific list of important dates

    Personnel - Human Resources

    Chairs are considered the supervisors for several types of employees at UWL depending on the department. Different personnel processes are associated with each type of employee.

      Ranked faculty = tenure -track or tenured faculty

          Retention (contract and non-contract reviews), Promotion, and Merit
          HR's Faculty Resource - retention, etc.
            Promotion - HR page and Provost's Promotion Pages

      Instructional Academic Staff (IAS)  - semester, academic year, annual or multi-year contract

         Individual Development Plan (IDP) - annual

         Career Promotion - Faculty Senate IAS webpage

    Classified Staff -  Administrative assistants such as Academic Department Associates  (ADA) and University Service Associate (USA) and Limited Term Employees (LTE)

        Individual Development Plan (IDP) - annual

    Academic Staff - non instructional positions

    Individual Development Plan (IDP) - annual

    Student Workers
    Traditionally administrative assistants are the supervisors for student workers; however, chairs may be the supervisors for student workers and/or graduate assistants.

    Departmental data - WINGS and Institutional Research


    Chairs have permissions within WINGS allowing access to functions beyond those of faculty. Chairs can modify many aspects associated with the schedule of classes, they can access all class lists associated with their department (and can email the students in a class), they have additional textbook screens and have access to Post Enrollment Requisite Check (PERC) pages and milestone reports. Also, as indicated below, major/minor reports,  and SEI and TAI information.

    Data that a chair or administrative assistant cannot pull from WINGS can be requested from Institutional Research - IR.  

    Historical and current enrollment data is available on the O: file system (link to instructions)
    • Important terms: IFTE - instructional full-time equivalent; SCH - student credit hour (# of students X # of credits) 

    Budget - department Level

    PRIMARY CONTACT & RESOURCE: Stacey Strittmater (CLS Budget Officer) 

    ACCOUNT FUND NUMBERS - most common shown below (p. 29 of WISDM manual provides a more complete list)
    • 102 - General Program Revenue- main source of department funds
    • 128 - special course fees, seg fees, etc.
    • 131 - differential tuition (includes GQ&A)
    • 133/144 - grants 


    • WISDM - the web-based financial reporting software that is a component of the UW-System's Shared Financial System. Most of the WISDM reports can be downloaded to Excel.  
    • GPR - General Program Revenue (state funding) 
    • GQ&A - Growth, Quality and Accesss (UWL's tuition plan) - funding for instructors hired through GQ&A is reflected in a different budget lines than those who are GPR  

    FOUNDATION ACCOUNTS (Contact - Finance Director Pam Schomburg at or 608.785.803)  



    Digital Measures - department chair access

    Department chairs can access two levels within Digital Measures

    1. Individual (each chair’s own individual activities)
    2. Departmental 
      • Departmental activities/Annual Reports
      • Departmental components of personnel reports

    Digital Measures documentation for chairs

    Curriculum planning & Summer school

    CLS's Academic Oversight Committee 

    Chart of CLS Curriculum Workflow Process

    Catalog-specific information

    Summer School  

    UWL's department-specific spreadsheets  - communication schedule and enrollment and salary data

    Chair/Dean roles

    Faculty Senate Policy 

    IV. Responsibilities of Departments, Department Members and Department Chairpersons
    V. The Selection of Department Chairpersons
    VI. Remuneration of Department Chairpersons

    Chairs/Deans roles and responsibilities chart - (forthcoming)
        personnel review, hiring, curriculum, load, etc.  

    Chair terms, reassignment, & remuneration

    Terms.  Department chairs serve three year terms.  Elections are held in February and conducted by the Dean's office.  Faculty Senate policy guides chairs elections.  Departmental policy guides who is eligible to vote in the elections.

    Reassignment Time: Faculty Senate Policy (November, 2000)

    1. Department chairpersons are to be assigned a reduced load depending on department size:

    a. A reduction of one-quarter time for a chairperson of a department with fewer than 10 full time faculty positions.
    b. A reduction of one-half time for a chairperson of a department with 10 or more full-time positions.

    2. Exceptions to the preceding guidelines are permitted when justified by the volume of departmental business or by other university responsibilities held by the chair. However, all such exceptions shall be arranged in consultation with the Dean. Summer appointments are at the discretion of the college Deans.

    Academic Year Remuneration: Department chairs receive a stipend of $2,700 per 9-month academic year, paid out at $300 per month, from October through June paychecks (Faculty Senate, November 2007). 

    Summer Remuneration: Department chairs receive a summer stipend associated with the IFTE of their department - the amount is determined at the College level.  


    Chair evaluation process


    • Occurs every other year
    • The Dean’s Office distributes an electronic survey to the faculty, IAS and staff associated with any given department
    • Surveys administered by Dean’s Office through an on-line survey
    Measures: the survey has five major sets of questions
    • A set of standard items asked in regards to all chairs (5-point - strongly agree/strongly disagree)
      • 1. Advances the department toward agreed upon goals.
      • 2. Has fair and open communications with faculty, students, and staff.
      • 3. Facilitates open and professional communication amongst department members.
      • 4. Assures that personnel and non-personnel resources are utilized effectively.
      • 5. Fairly and equitably mentors faculty and IAS through the retention, tenure, promotion, merit, and/or post-tenure review process.
      • 6. Allocates resources in ways consistent with department priorities.
      • 7. Facilitates positive relationships among and between faculty and staff.
      • 8. Clearly communicates departmental expectations based on the bylaws for personnel evaluation (career progression, IDP, merit, retention, tenure, post-tenure review, promotion).
    • A single overall performance item
      • Indicate the degree of confidence you hold of your department chair in this role:
      • Exceptional confidence – s/he appears to be doing an outstanding job as chair
      • High confidence – s/he appears to be doing a good job as chair
      • Moderate confidence – s/he appears to be doing an adequate job as chair
      • Low confidence – s/he appears to be doing a weak job as chair
      • No confidence – s/he is doing a poor job as chair
    • A set of items selected by the department (5-point - strongly agree/strongly disagree)
    • A set of open-ended comment boxes regarding chair performance
    • A set of open-ended comment boxes regarding departmental goals
    • Dean meets with chair and provides the aggregate data.
    • Dean relays common themes from survey comments
    • Dean discusses her/his professional feedback on the chair’s performance
    • Numerical scores returned to all department members and chair

    Resources - readings and external links

     UWL Provost's Resources for Department Chairs


    Recommended reading

    Buller, J. L. (2011). The essential department chair: A comprehensive desk reference (Vol. 132). John Wiley & Sons.

    Chu, D. (2012). The department chair primer: What chairs need to know and do to make a difference. Jossey-Bass.

    Gmelch, W.H. & Miskin, V.D. (2011). Department chair leadership skillsMadison, Wisconsin: Atwood Publishing.

    Gunsalus, C. K. (2006). The college administrator's survival guideHarvard University Press.

    Online resources

    American Council on Education (ACE) - general higher education topics:

    Association of American Colleges and Universities - useful for resources about the value of a liberal education, global learning practices, civic learning and communication engagement, and more...rubrics available for exploring standards of evaluation for the aforementioned:

    Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences - information about workshops for department chairs (offered 3 times per year in July, October, and February) -

    The Department Chair Journal - in each issue there will be articles about leadership, useful strategies for chairs, practical ideas, questions for reflection and more:

    Jossey-Bass Department Chair resources

    Magna’s Newsletter - Academic Administration -