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Faculty Handbook Supplementary

Additional information to supplement the faculty handbook.


Supplemental to Section II: Governance and General Faculty of the University

President’s Staff Officer Positions

Dean of the Faculty

The Dean of the Faculty is the officer responsible for the University’s total educational program and functions as Dean of the Brown College of Arts and Sciences, the Garey School of Natural Sciences, and the Sarofim School of Fine Arts. The Dean of the Faculty has responsibility for administering the academic program in such areas as institution-wide planning; faculty recruitment, evaluation, promotion, and development; academic testing and advising; publications of the Faculty Handbook and the University Catalog; class scheduling, registration, and student records; certification of graduates; summer school; and academic internships. These duties are performed in consultation and collaboration with the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Steering Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee as these bodies exercise their legislative functions on behalf of the faculty.

The Dean of the Faculty is responsible for coordinating the academic student life areas and meets regularly with the Vice President for Student Life and other staff members in academic and student affairs. The following individuals report to the Dean of the Faculty: the Associate Dean of the Faculty; the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship; the Director of the A. Frank Smith Library; the Coordinator of Testing (in academic matters); the Registrar; the Director of Academic Success; the Director of Advising and Retention; the Director of Intercultural Learning; the Director of the Language Learning Center; the Director of the Debby Ellis Writing Center; the Director of Upward Bound; the Director of the Paideia Program; the Director of Community-Engaged Learning; the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; the Director of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts Administration; and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Dean of the Faculty works with the academic deans, administrators who support academic services, and the department and program chairs to review the University’s academic program and to discuss policies and procedures affecting the academic life of the University. When assessments of judgments concerning individual faculty members are necessary, the Dean of the Faculty has final responsibility and authority in academic matters.

Vice President for Finance and Administration

The Vice President for Finance and Administration is responsible for planning and directing the business and financial affairs of the University. Areas overseen include: facilities planning, construction projects, property management, human resources and payroll, investment management, budgeting, accounting, purchasing, general services contracting, risk management and safety, legal services, physical plant, campus post office, dining services and the bookstore. Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration are: Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Associate Vice President for Facilities Management; the Associate Vice President for Information Technology; Controller; Director of Campus Safety and Risk Management; bookstore manager; and dining services manager.

Vice President for Student Life

Student Life promotes the mission of Southwestern University by implementing programs and delivering services that provide values-centered education of the whole person. These programs and services facilitate students’ development of social competencies and reflect a shared responsibility for student learning within an undergraduate liberal arts community. Student life fosters a challenging, secure, residential environment in which the uniqueness of each individual is respected and celebrated.

The Vice President for Student Life is responsible for administration of student programs and services that facilitate the academic mission of the University and promote learning outside of the classroom. The Vice President serves as a general advocate for student concerns. Student Life includes: the Dean of Students; Career Services; the Corbin J. Robertson Center; Counseling Services; Diversity Education; Health Services; Intramural and Recreational Activities; the Red and Charlene McCombs Campus Center; Residence Life; Student Activities; Honor Code; student discipline; student government; student organizations; student publications; alcohol and other drug education; and University Police.

Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment

The Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment provides strategic leadership in advancing the University’s recruitment and enrollment goals. She/he provides experience and oversight to the recruiting, admission, retention and financial aid processes. Reporting to the Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment are the Dean of Enrollment Services and other staff members in the Office of Admission as well as the Office of Financial Aid. The Enrollment Services organization is also complemented by numerous student workers. Additionally, the Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment, along with the Enrollment Services staff, maintains the institutional commitment to superior service, student retention, promoting institutional awareness, working with other offices on marketing initiatives, and assures effective use of technology and analysis of data in achieving enrollment objectives. The Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment collaborates with other senior officers, University staff, academic leadership, faculty and students to ensure an extraordinary educational experience for all Southwestern University students.

Vice President for University Relations

The Vice President for University Relations leads the Offices of Alumni and Parent Relations, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Annual Giving, Major Giving, Planned Giving, University Events, Gift Processing, and Constituent Information Systems, in united achievement of the division’s core mission, which is to foster the intentional creation and evolution of meaningful relationships that enhance purposeful engagement with, and support for, the mission of Southwestern University.

Chief Marketing Officer

The Chief Marketing Officer directs and manages the Office of Marketing and Communications, which serves as the primary internal and external communications and information hub for Southwestern University. The office’s responsibilities are separated into four main areas: marketing strategy, design and digital media, public relations, and editorial. Through these four concentrated areas, the office serves the University in planning, executing, and measuring integrated marketing programs through traditional and online platforms. Additionally, the Marketing and Communications office manages the University website and social media channels, calendars, campus news, and publications such as Southwestern Magazine.

Executive Manager for the Office of the President and Staff Liaison for the Board of Trustees

The Executive Assistant to the President is a member of the President’s Staff and serves as staff liaison for the Board of Trustees. Working in collaboration with the President and the various constituencies within the University community, external publics, foundations, and organizations, the Executive Assistant is responsible for the day-to- 11 day management of the President’s Office as well as the President’s calendar and travel. In addition to attending the President’s Staff meetings, the Executive Manager attends Faculty Meetings and Facilities Meetings.