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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Chair Search Process Limitations and Definitions: 1. This process is intended for the selection of candidates who are already UMaine faculty members. It will not apply when a chair is sought as a new hire. 2. For the purpose of the search process as described in this document, “department faculty” consists of regular faculty members with ongoing sole or joint appointments in the department. At minimum, the search committee is expected to consult with regular faculty members as stipulated. If a department’s governance policies entail inclusion of others, such as adjunct faculty, it is the responsibility of the incumbent department chair to notify the dean before nominations are invited. 3. Faculty members whose family or doctoral mentoring relationship with an identified candidate could constitute a conflict of interest are encouraged to be aware of that possibility and to consider recusing themselves from aspects of the process in which they feel that they might have difficulty acting objectively. 4. Although the term “chair” is used exclusively throughout, the search process applies also to directors whose role is functionally equivalent to that of a chair. Similarly, the term “department” is understood to include schools or divisions that function as departments.


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