Process of Selection of the Unit Director
What follows is the Cinema and Media Studies unit’s role in the selection of a unit director. In accordance with College policy, the role of the unit is to advise the Dean with a recommendation for unit director.
Faculty members are eligible to serve as unit director of the Cinema and Media Studies Unit only if they satisfy all of the following:
- They have .50 FTE in the Media School
- They are a tenured faculty member
- Cinema and Media Studies is their home unit, as defined under the Media School Governance document
All tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track faculty members of the Cinema and Media Studies unit shall have voting privileges for selection of the unit director as long as the unit remains in compliance with the College Policy Committee Policy on Appointment, Reappointment, and Dismissal of Unit Chairs or Directors.
In implementing this process of selecting the unit director, compliance with the College Policy Committee Policy on Appointment, Reappointment, and Dismissal of Unit Chairs or Directors requires that:
- A faculty meeting must be held for faculty discussion and a secret ballot.
- The role of non-tenure-track faculty in governance within the unit shall be determined by vote of the tenured and tenure-probationary faculty of the unit. Moreover, where non-tenure-track appointees have voting privileges, their voting participation must be structured in a way that reserves at least 60% of voting weight to tenure track faculty.
- Unit staff may be consulted during the process, but do not vote for chair.
- The process must provide an opportunity for individual statements regarding the basis for support of individual candidates and these statements must be conveyed to the Dean.
- When the position of chair is filled by a new hire, faculty preference is expressed in the recommendation for appointment to the Dean.