Job Description of a Department Chair

What a Department Chair Needs to Know and Do

The department is the academic and functional unit of the medical school. A departmental chair, appointed by the dean, is the academic and administrative leader of this unit and serves as a representative of the dean and medical school. The chair directs the faculty of a department in carrying out its missions of teaching, scholarly work, and professional activities. The responsibilities of a chair include the following points.


A department chair is a leader in his or her field with national impact in terms of scholarly contribution and roles in peer organizations. A chair will have a doctoral degree in basic science or medicine, or the equivalent, with appropriate qualifications in the relevant department and full-time membership on the medical school faculty.