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Center Leadership

A center director will be an HHD faculty member appointed by the dean and will report directly to the associate dean for research. The center director will have a 30% appointment in the center and a 70% appointment in their home department. It is reasonable for directors consider a proportion of the center appointment as reserved for non-research-project-related general administrative oversight (and thus non-releasable).   That proportion can vary depending on the amount and nature of funded research. The appointment provides the director with a 2-course (6-credit) release from departmental teaching and the director may also buyout of one additional course in accordance with, and following the processes outlined in, college guidelines.

Centers will receive funds as part of their administrative allocation to allow them, if they chose, to cover a 10% administrative salary supplement for the director on their academic year base salary and 3.6 weeks of summer supplemental salary to support ongoing administrative activities. The decision to allocate this funding to these supplements is at the discretion of the director (note: directors cannot be paid administrative supplements during sabbatical years).

Associate directors and assistant directors may be appointed at the center director’s discretion. These appointments should be principally motivated by need related to the scope and size of a center. Associate directors are expected to be broadly engaged in center activities and are viewed as an important part of succession planning for mature, large centers. Assistant directors will tend to have more tightly scoped responsibilities related to administration or a focused programmatic area and can be either faculty or staff. Faculty from colleges other than HHD may hold associate or assistant director appointments in a center; however, HHD-affiliated associate directors are viewed as particularly important in succession planning. The terms of these appointments are to be negotiated by the director with the faculty member and the other academic unit leaders these faculty report to as appropriate and approved by the associate dean for research. Any funding support associated with such appointments will come from available center resources (i.e., it will not be directly subsidized by the college through the administrative allocation from the college). If such support arrangements result in any portion of an associate or assistant director’s salary being moved to the center, the unit from which salary is moved must be aware that they are still obligated to cover the faculty members salary should the center no longer be able to support it. For HHD faculty who have salary moved to the center, the resulting salary split will then be applied to the local unit portion of any salary release return just as it is for the director.