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RIT’s Council of Chairs (CoC) aims at equipping department heads, chairs, and directors across academic units with effective tools and knowledge to advance RIT’s education mission. This is achieved through experience sharing among peers as well as transparent, bidirectional communication with senior leadership at RIT. With the committed support from the Provost’s Office, the CoC will provide the following opportunities for and by the CoC members:

  • Professional and leadership development for department heads, chairs, and directors.
  • To provide constructive suggestions to the Office of the Provost and other units on campus that affect faculty and academic operations.
  • Timely and bidirectional communication of university direction and policy changes.
  • Networking and best practice sharing among peers.


The CoC is composed of those who are responsible for faculty evaluation, program and curriculum oversight, and budget responsibilities. The CoC members may suggest agenda items for discussion during CoC meetings, are highly encourage to participate in all CoC meetings, and eligible to serve on the Steering Committee. The CoC may invite others on campus to join CoC meetings as appropriate.

CoC Steering Committee

The CoC Steering Committee is responsible of the planning and execution of the CoC meetings, transparent communication with the CoC members, as well as to provide timely consultation to the Provost Office. The CoC Steering Committee members are appointed by the deans. The Office of the Provost may designate additional representatives, including a collegiate dean, to participate in the CoC Steering Committee meetings. The Office of the Provost provides staff support to assist the CoC Steering Committee in planning and operationalizing the CoC meetings.

In the last CoC Steering Committee meeting of each academic year, the Steering Committee members shall elect the chair of the Steering Committee among those who will serve in the subsequent academic year. The Steering Committee Chair is responsible for convening the Steering Committee meetings and setting the agenda to facilitate discussions, with the support from the Office of the Provost. Current members of the Council of Chairs Steering Committee include:

Shanchieh (Jay) Yang, KGCOE, Chair
Kim Kurz, NTID
Robert Osgood, CHST
Stephen Zilora, GCCIS
Victor Perotti, Saunders College
James Lee, CET
Michael Kotlarchyk, COS
Dennis Andrejko, GIS
Sean Sutton, CLA
Glen Hinz, CAD
S. Manian Ramkumar, Dean, CET

Format and Agenda for CoC Meetings

The CoC will have at least two meetings a semester, each lasting for one and a half hours. The CoC Steering Committee shall solicit topics of interests from the CoC members to serve the purpose of CoC and to address pressing issues if any. Additional workshops or retreats may be held outside of the regular CoC meetings as needed in coordination with the Office of the Provost.

During spring semester, the CoC will meet on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2-3:30 p.m. Bamboo Room, Center for Campus Life (second floor, room 2610). John Trierweiler, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, will present on RIT’s new marketing and branding initiatives.
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2-3:30 p.m., University Gallery. Topics may include chair responsibilities, evaluation, term limits, and compensation.
  • Tuesday, March 5, 1-4 p.m., University Gallery. Topics to be determined; this meeting is coordinated by the provost and will include non-college academic department heads directors and other college department administrators such as program coordinators, program directors, associate chairs, etc. More information to follow.
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2-3:30 p.m., University Gallery. Topics may include faculty evaluation timeline, plan of work, frequency, policy change.
  • Tentative - Tuesday, April 9 - TBD. More information to follow.

Past agenda items have included discussions on enrollment management strategies, department head/chair/director roles, responsibilities and authority, greatest opportunities, most pressing problems and what department heads/chairs/directors can do about them, faculty evaluation, and RIT’s strategic plan as well as discussions on RIT business practices and policy and opportunities for professional development for department heads/chairs/directors. Please click here for further information on past meetings and to view past presentations.

For more information, please contact any member of the CoC Steering Committee or