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Organization of the College
The Faculty are organized administratively into departments and program committees. Program committees are groups of faculty drawn from different departments and disciplines who administer some interdisciplinary majors and minors. In keeping with the spirit of a liberal education, faculty at Knox are encouraged to think of themselves as members of the College Faculty, not just the separate departments.
Department and program chairs are appointed by the Dean of the College in consultation with the President and usually with the advice of the individual members of the department/program. The term of appointment may vary depending on the situation within the department but normally an appointment is for four years with the possibility of renewal.
The duties and responsibilities of chairs include those listed below. Chairs are not expected to perform all these duties unassisted. Rather, they are encouraged to distribute the various duties among the members of the department/program so that everyone carries an equitable load. All senior members of the department/ program should consider it part of their responsibilities to assist junior colleagues with professional development. All members should share the responsibility for assisting department/program chairs in the execution of their duties and for promoting the welfare of the College and the department/program. Where the Chair of a Program Committee holds the only line position in the Program, duties with regard to personnel are few.