The position of department chair is a vital one, at George Mason University as at most institutions. Department chairs must oversee teaching quality and maintenance or modification of most educational programs, while also combining promotion of faculty governance and evaluation of faculty performance. They must also monitor budgets and staff. And finally, of course, they will hopefully provide input and suggestions to deans and directors and beyond. Not an easy task, and one that requires responsiveness to an unusual variety of constituencies. George Mason University has been blessed with many very good chairs, and at the same time remains eager to provide additional training and support — based above all on feedback from the trenches.
We are pleased to offer this resource to assist department chairs. Whether you are a new or experienced department chair, you will find helpful information on this website. It provides links to essential documents, a planning calendar for the year, and outside resources that we hope will be useful in your role.
We welcome your comments and suggestions, and look forward to working with you to support the university’s department chairs in their daily work.
On behalf of the university, we thank you for your leadership and service.