This handbook was developed for several reasons. First, to be a ready reference for academic deans, department heads, and directors in their day-to-day duties. Second, it offers form letters and other templates in a readily available format so efficiency in producing recurring tasks is increased. Finally, it is a resource for recommended readings, best practices, and case studies pertinent to the work of these professionals. It is intended to be a reference for the proper procedures when operating the academic unit.
The handbook should be a fluid document, evolving and improving over time as its users make suggestions, offer best practices, case studies, improved form letters, or other documents. All feedback or suggestions for the handbook should be directed to the Office of the Provost, 531 Andy Holt Tower, 37996-0152.