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The Council of Chairs (CoC) was created as a forum for department heads/chairs/directors to provide feedback to the provost, share best practices and information, learn more about university priorities, policies, and procedures, and to network. The CoC includes all academic department chairs/heads/directors who supervise faculty and have budget authority/responsibility.

The CoC is guided by a steering committee comprised of a department head/chair/director from each college. The CoC steering committee is interested in hearing from you about topics and formats for future meetings. The list of steering committee members is below; please feel free to contact any of the members with suggestions for future agenda items, thoughts on professional development, or any other issues or concerns you may have related to your role as a department chair/head/director.

Council of Chairs Steering Committee

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

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.

Agendas will be posted when finalized.

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 the link below for further information on past meetings.

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