Faculty and Staff Handbook

24th Edition, 2015 Version

Chapter II: Administrative Organization

2.3 Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University.  

2.3.1   Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs   

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs supervises the graduate studies and institutional research offices, oversees program prioritization and academic program review processes, provides overall leadership for the honors and Falcon Scholars programs, and serves as the director of faculty development.


2.3.2  Academic Colleges  Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences  

Under direction of the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, the college includes departments of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering Technology, Animal and Food Science, and Plant and Earth Science. The college also operates the university greenhouses, laboratory farms, and pilot plants.  Arts and Sciences  

Under the direction of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the college includes the departments of Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies and Theatre Arts, English, Geography and Mapping Sciences, History and Philosophy, Journalism, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. The college also operates the university observatory, planetarium, and art gallery.  Business and Economics   

Under direction of the Dean of Business and Economics, the college includes the departments of Accounting and Finance, Computer Science and Information Systems, Economics, Management and Marketing, and Military Science (ROTC).  Education and Professional Studies  

Under the direction of the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, the college includes the departments of Communicative Disorders, Counseling and School Psychology, Health and Human Performance, Social Work, and Teacher Education.  Department Chairs       

The Department Chair reports to the Dean of the College and shall:   
       a.      be responsible for the organization and supervision of the courses and instruction offered by the department
       b.      be responsible, under the direction of the Dean of the College, for the distribution of the teaching load, the recruitment and induction of new staff members, and the recommendation for the appointment, professional advancement, or release of department staff
       c.      supervise the allocation, protection, and maintenance of departmental equipment
       d.      in cooperation with the Academic Deans, designate and supervise staff members who will advise students majoring and minoring in the department. If the student is in teacher education, the major and minor advisors will work with the appropriate person in the College of Education and Professional Studies in planning the student's total program
       e.       make budget recommendations for the department and forward to the Dean    

Within these categories, major duties of the Chair involve personnel issues. They include:       

  • maintaining a personnel file for all faculty and academic staff      
  • coordinating the promotion, retention, and tenure processes      
  • coordinating the merit and post-tenure review processes      
  • coordinating the evaluation of faculty for promotion, retention, and tenure      
  • supervising all departmental search and screen procedures      
  • being responsible for emergency hiring      
  • supervising departmental classified staff      
  • mediating conflicts between faculty and staff      
  • conflicts between students and teaching staff      
  • distributing the administrative and advising workload equitably within the department   
Other major duties may be performed by the Department Chair or transferred to another's oversight. These include:        
  • scheduling of departmental undergraduate and graduate courses      
  • performing credit evaluations for transferred courses within the major or minor      
  • approving course substitutions and waivers within the major and minor      
  • supervising the advising of prospective students      
  • managing and recommending the departmental budget      
  • attending general meetings called by the Dean, Provost, or Chancellor      
  • supervising the writing of reports for program audits and accreditation  

Existing Chair's compensation includes certain summer responsibilities. These responsibilities may vary by department, and details will be clarified with the Dean of the College at the time of appointment. Typical summer responsibilities include-- but may not be limited to:       

  • assuring an appropriate departmental presence for new student registration      
  • maintaining an office presence      
  • being the primary departmental contact in the event of an emergency


2.3.3 Global Connections

Under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor of lnternational Education, Global Connections supports the university's short and long term education abroad programs, the university's participation in the National Student Exchange, international student services, and supports the development and maintenance of inter-institutional partnerships between UW-River Falls and international universities and governmental agencies.  

2.3.4 Grants and Research

The Office of Grants and Research helps faculty and staff obtain external funding from a variety of sources including agencies of the federal government, UW System, foundations, corporations, and others. 

2.3.5 Library

The Chalmer Davee Library provides oversight of Library Services, Archives, and Textbook Services. 

2.3.6  McNair Scholars

The Ronald E. NcNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement assists eligible low-income, first generation students to prepare for and enter graduate programs leading to a doctoral degree.

2.3.7 Outreach and Continuing Education

Outreach provides programs, including the Upward Bound program, that respond to the changing professional, cultural, and social needs of lifelong learners. The Director of Outreach is also responsible for operation of the Hudson Center. 

2.3.8 Registrar

The Registrar's Office is responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of student academic records, registration, awarding undergraduate degrees, maintenance of degree audit system, and maintenance of the electronic undergraduate catalog.

2.3.9 Technology Services

Under direction of the Chief lnformation Officer, Technology Services provides services to help students, faculty, and staff use technologies in learning, teaching, research and administrative settings.

2.3.10  Undergraduate Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity (URSCA)

The URSCA Office provides opportunities and resources that foster student-faculty collaborative projects, enhance student development and promote a culture of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity across campus.