6.71 – Department Head Appointments

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Scope: NMSU System

Source: ARP Chapter 6 | HR - Hiring, Work Rules and Assignments

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ARP 7.34 - Faculty Compensation – Summer Assignments

Revision History:

2017 Recompilation, formerly Rule 5.45

A department head serves at the discretion of the dean/director, with the concurrence of the executive vice president and provost. All academic departments are administered by department heads under the cognizance of the college dean, graduate dean, if appropriate, and the executive vice president and provost.


A. Department Head Increment

It is the policy of the university to provide additional stipends for those administering the academic departments, based upon the number of full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and graduate assistants supported from instruction and general funds. It is understood that this increment is included in the original offer to department heads just joining the faculty and is relinquished if the individual gives up the department head responsibilities.


B. Faculty Rank

Department heads are academic administrators, with faculty rank, but eligible for consideration under all policies applying to the faculty.  For example, some department heads have been promoted to a higher rank and some have been tenured, but obviously the promotion and tenure considerations were in keeping with their positions as members of the faculty.


C. Length of Appointment

For department heads who are 12-month employees, the year is from July 1 to June 30.  Department heads that have negotiated a 9-month appointment come under the policies of the regular faculty with respect to all pay and fringe benefits and normally are excluded from summer teaching.  Department heads observe the administrative calendar.


D. Salary Determination

When an internal candidate is selected, department head salary normally is determined by multiplying the 9-month faculty salary by 12/9 and adding the department head increment.


E. Summer Session

(See ARP 7.34 Faculty Compensation-Summer Assignments)