Office for Faculty Development

Department Chair Handbook

Faculty Chair meeting, UMass Boston

We recognize that being a Department Chair requires working productively with a broad range of constituencies as well as managing a wide variety of tasks. With that in mind, and with your feedback, we developed this Department Chairs Handbook.* We welcome your suggestions and plan to continuously update the content.

Please see the linked subheadings in the left column to access the handbook.

In addition to this guidebook, OFD offers workshops and an annual department chairs' retreat. We also support chair networking and support groups. Please contact us for more information.

*The UMass Boston Department Chairs' Handbook was adapted from Cornell University's adaptation of the Knox College's Guide for Department Chairs (Galesburg, Illinois: Knox College, 2006), which was a Mellon-funded Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Project of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. We are grateful for the help of many people at UMass Boston who helped us transform this guide to fit the context and policies at UMass Boston. Our heartfelt thanks to the Deans, the Provost and Department Chairs who vetted drafts.  


Spring 2011 Department Chairs' Workshop video

Workshop covered Understanding Budgets, New Sabbatical Leave Policy, How Merit Pools are Divided and more. Read More