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Department Chairs

This web site for academic Department Chairs provides guidance on many tasks, duties, policies and procedures. It is also intended to give chairs a sense of their roles and responsibilities and information about the timing of various activities that occur throughout the academic year.


You will find that as a Chair, you will wear many hats and serve multiple audiences, but they will generally fall into two categories. You are the representative and spokesperson for the department, interacting with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, other university administrators, alumni, parents, and students on relevant departmental issues, including curriculum, personnel, and budget. You are also an administrator who is expected to be familiar with established college policies, such as those in The Faculty and Contract Staff Handbook and are responsible for representing the University to various stakeholders.

This website is a dynamic, electronic document that continues to evolve. We hope it will serve as a basis for continued improvement as it is used and expanded by Department Chairs. We welcome your suggestions on other materials for inclusion that will better serve your needs.

  • Department Chairs Meetings & Retreats.  Department Chairs meet monthly in a meeting convened by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The meetings are typically held on the first Monday of the month at 4:00 pm in the Waxahachie Room. Information about the timing and location of periodic Chairs’ Retreats are circulated in advance.

  • Online Resources for Department ChairsTo share information with Chairs in an efficient manner, the Office of Academic Affairs maintains an online Google Folder with helpful documents and the Department Chair’s Manual. Contact Lisa Jasinski, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs if you need a copy of the link. These online resources address topics such as:

    • General roles and responisibilities of a department chair
    • Common student issues
    • Preparing budget requests and managing resources
    • Preparing effective departmental assessments and rports
    • Recruiting and hiring new faculty
    • Calendars and deadlines
    • Strategies to build a supportive and functional departmental culture

Academic Department Chairs (2019-2020)

The following individuals will serve as academic department chairs for the current academic year. This list is updated periodicially to reflect staffing changes. This is current as of June 1, 2019.

Art and Art History

Kate Ritson


Jonathan King

Business, School of

Robert Scherer, Dean


Julie Persellin

Business Administration

Charlene Davis

Finance and Decision Sciences

Jorge Colazo


Laura Hunsicker-Wang

Classical Studies

Tim O’Sullivan


Jennifer Henderson

Computer Science

Yu Zhang


David Macpherson


Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos

Engineering Science

Farzan Aminian


Claudia Stokes


Kathleen Surpless

Health Care Administration

Edward Schumacher


Carey Latimore

Human Communication and Theatre

Andrew Hansen


Chris Nolan


Roberto Hasfura

Modern Languages and Literatures

Bruce Holl


David Heller


Steven Luper (Summer 2019, Spring 2020)

Judith Norman (Acting, Fall 2019)

Physics and Astronomy

Jennifer Steele

Political Science

David Crockett


Jane Childers


Rubén Dupertuis

Sociology and Anthropology

Jennifer Mathews


Interdisciplinary Major Chairs (2019-2020)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Frank Healy and Corina Maeder

East Asian Studies at Trinity (EAST) and Chinese Studies

Stephen Field

Environmental Studies

David Ribble

Global Latinx Studies

Rita Urquijo-Ruiz

International Studies

Rosa Aloisi

Mathematical Finance

E. Cabral Balreira


Kim Phillips

Urban Studies

Kathryn O'Rourke (Acting 2019)


Interdisciplinary Minors and Other Programs (2019-2020)

African American Studies

Kimberlyn Montford and Carey Latimore

American Intercultural Studies

William Burke

Architectural Studies

Kathryn O'Rourke

Arts, Letters, and Enterprise (A.L.E.)

Carl Leafsteadt and Jacob Tingle


Cabral Balreira and Kevin Livingstone

Communication Management

Charlene Davis

Comparative Literature

Heather Sullivan


Luis Martinez

Film Studies

Patrick Keating

Health Professions Advisory Committee

James Shinkle

Languages across the Curriculum (LAC)

Rocio Delgado and Diana Young


Jane Childers

Mexico, the Americas, and Spain (MAS)

Dania Abreu-Torres

New Media

Aaron Delwiche

Scientific Computing

Saber Elaydi

Sport Management

Jacob Tingle

Women’s and Gender Studies

Sarah Erickson and Amy Stone (Interim Co-Chairs)