Chapter III: Academic Structure of the University

A. Academic Divisions

       For purposes of representation on Faculty committees, the University is considered to include four major divisions, as follows: I - The Humanities including Architecture, II - The Social Sciences including History and the School of Public and International Affairs, III - The Natural Sciences including Mathematics and Psychology, and IV - Engineering and Applied Science. Except for Engineering and Applied Science, none of these Divisions has administrative or instructional responsibilities.

B. Academic Units

1.    For the conduct of its work of instruction and research the Faculty is organized into academic units, which include departments, schools, institutes, centers, and programs. 

2.    The chairs and directors of these units are appointed by the President, usually for a term of three or four years, after consultation with the members of the Faculty concerned. The duties of the chair or director of an academic unit are:

       a. To call and preside over all meetings of the unit.
       b. To bring to the attention of the participating faculty for discussion and action all matters which may pertain to the work and efficiency of the unit.
       c. To represent the unit in all administrative dealings with the President of the University.
       d. To prepare proposals for appointment, reappointment, or advancement in rank or salary of unit members. 
       e. To perform such other duties in connection with the work and administration of the unit as the President of the University may assign to the chair.

3.    Within the general framework of the rules and procedures established for the Faculty as a whole, each unit determines its own procedures and internal organization and establishes such committees as it finds desirable.

4.    The unit is corporately responsible for all of its courses and programs of study and research.

       a. It may recommend to the Faculty through the appropriate Faculty committee the institution of new courses and programs and the cancellation or revision of existing courses and programs.
       b. It authorizes its chair or director, or one of its departmental committees, to designate which member of the unit shall take charge of each course or program, and which members shall participate in each course or program.

5.    A proposal to constitute a new department, school, institute, center, or program is in the first instance considered by the Dean of the Faculty, the Academic Planning Group, and the Faculty Committees on the Course of Study and on the Graduate School. Their recommendations are reported to the Faculty. If the Faculty approves the proposal, its action is reported by the President to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board, which in turn reports to the full Board of Trustees for final action.

       The following academic units are authorized to be the primary academic home for tenured and tenure-track faculty appointments:

Department of African American Studies
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art and Archaeology
Department of Astrophysical Sciences
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Classics
Department of Comparative Literature
Department of Computer Science
Department of East Asian Studies
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Department of Economics
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of English
Department of French and Italian
Department of Geosciences
Department of History
Department of Mathematics
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Department of Molecular Biology
Department of Music
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Department of Philosophy
Department of Physics
Department of Politics
Department of Psychology
Department of Religion
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Department of Sociology
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Effron Center for the Study of America
Lewis Center for the Arts
Lewis Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Program in Linguistics in the Council of the Humanities
School of Architecture
School of Public and International Affairs
University Center for Human Values

C. Academic Councils

1.    Academic Councils are standing faculty committees charged with fostering teaching and research across academic units and divisions. Some Councils are advisory to administrative offices; those are described in Chapter II.D.2.

2.    The Council of the Humanities supports significant teaching and research in the humanities. It consists of the chair of each department in Division I, plus the history department, the directors of programs and chairs of committees under Council aegis, the Dean of the School of Architecture, the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and one representative from each of Division II (Social Sciences) and Division III (Natural Sciences).

3.    The Council on Science and Technology fosters the teaching of science and technology courses for non-science students. It consists of eight voting members of the Faculty, six from Divisions III (Natural Sciences) and IV (Engineering) and one each from Divisions I (Humanities) and II (Social Sciences). The members are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty. The chair is named by the President from among the members of the Council.

D. Advisory Councils

1.    Advisory Councils are set up by academic units to advise and support their teaching and research programs.

2.    An Advisory Council consists of up to 20 members that may include faculty members at other institutions, experts and major figures in the field, alumni/ae of the University, and friends of the department.

3.    Advisory Councils normally meet on campus biennially.

4.    After each campus visit, they make a report in writing addressed to the academic unit concerned for transmission through the Dean of the Faculty to the President of the University. Each advisory council shall also, on request by the President, the Dean of the Faculty, the academic unit, or on its own initiative, submit a confidential report to the Dean of the Faculty and the President.

5.    The Dean of the Faculty has administrative oversight of the Advisory Councils and the Dean of the Faculty or a designee typically meets with them when they come to campus.