The Chair, appointed by the Dean of the College of Humanities for a three-year term,
is responsible for the overall administration of the department. Other administrative
officers, appointed by the Chair, are an Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies,
and Director of Creative Writing. The Associate Chair is responsible for scheduling
classes, supervising the undergraduate curriculum and degree requirements, and coordinating
departmental advising of all majors and minors. The Director of Graduate Studies is
responsible for the supervision of the master’s and doctoral programs, the graduate
curriculum, and the appointment of teaching assistants. The Director of Creative Writing
advises in students in the Creative Writing Program about coursework and progress
toward the degree, consults with the Director of Graduate Studies on scheduling, graduate
admission procedures and recruitment, and coordinates a program of readings by visiting
The Chair shall not serve on departmental committees, including search committees.
An exceptin can be made only if the executive committee determines that the Chair
has unique expertise that is required for a successful search. In the rare instance
that the Chair serves on a search committee, all meetings of the departmental faculty
appointments advisory committee (i.e. the tenure-line faculty) will be chaired by
the Associate Chair. Given this requirement, the Associate Chair must not serve on
a search committee in the same year as the Chair.
The following standing committees shall be constituted, by appointment or election,
during the spring semester and assume duties with the beginning of the academic year
on July 1st.
Six persons consisting of an assistant professor, an associate professor, and a full
professor, elected by rank, and three members elected at large; at least one member
of the committee shall be a member of the Creative Writing faculty. Each member is
elected for a three-year term. (If a member of the committee is promoted out of the
rank she or he represents, a replacement will be elected.) The Executive Committee
shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Chair on matters of departmental administration;
the Chair shall attend its meetings in a non-voting capacity. During the spring semester,
the Executive Committee will conduct an annual review of faculty merit, based on Faculty
Activity Reports and other available information. It will also review the overall
performance of tenured faculty at five-year intervals. On the basis of both these
reviews, it will make recommendations to the Chair. It will also participate in strategic
planning for the department, including, but not limited to, hiring priorities, and
submit its recommendations to the department for implementation and adoption as appropriate.
Appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Chair, to
assist with the supervision of the graduate program, including admissions and the
allocation of scholarships and other funding support to both new and continuing students.
In selecting members, the director shall take into account field and rank representation.
If necessary, the committee shall hear student appeals relative to a grade in a graduate
course, evaluation of graduate exams, or dismissal from the graduate program, and
make a recommendation to the Department Chair.
Master’s Exam Committee
Appointed by the Chair, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, to
choose texts for the Master’s Examination in British and American Literature and to
evaluation exams, which are scheduled for the spring semester. The exam format differs
for M.A. candidates in American Studies, where the relevant texts and topics are selected
by faculty in American Studies.
Appointed by the Associate Chair to assist monitoring the undergraduate curriculum
and degree requirements. The Committee shall from time to time review the structure
of the undergraduate program to insure that it effectively implements the goals of
the major and reflects the faculty resources available to staff it. In selecting members,
the Associate Chair shall take into account field and rank representation.
Appointed by the Chair to arrange colloquia devoted to faculty work-in-progress and
to select and coordinate visiting scholars in literary studies and connected fields.
Suggestions for such visitors will be solicited from the faculty as a whole. (Visits
from poets and fiction-writers will be separately arranged by the Director of Creative
Writing, in consultation with the Creative Writing faculty and students.)
London Program Committee
Responsible for the selection and scheduling of courses for the London study abroad
program. It advises the Program Coordinator on administrative and policy decisions
regarding the London program. Its membership is typically drawn from faculty who have
taught in the program in previous years.
The Chair will appoint at least one faculty member to consult with the library on
acquisitions, subscriptions to journals and archives, etc. and to serve as a primary
conduit for faculty requests and suggestions.
Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Advisory Committee
Each year one tenured faculty member shall be elected Chair to supervise RPT deliberations
in accordance with departmental guidelines. For the membership of the RPT Advisory
Committee as it pertains to various advisory procedures, see the department’s RPT
Guidelines and University Policy 6-303-III-A-3.