Academic Charters and Plans


Departments and colleges without departments participate in university shared governance as defined by their charters. The charter defines the responsibilities of the department chair or dean and the faculty. Charters were instituted in 1992 and are governed by Senate Policy 710.1. The required charter contents are also listed in Faculty Handbook section 1.4.1: Departmental Charters.

See the approval process flowchart for an overview of how to develop or revise a charter.

College of Computing

College of Engineering

College of Sciences and Arts

College of Business

College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Pavlis Honors College

Mentoring Plans

In 2010, the provost implemented mentoring plans for untenured faculty, which remain in use today.  Beginning in 2015, Early Career Management (ECM) Committees were developed for each new tenure track faculty member. Mentoring plans as well as the ECMs are outcomes of Michigan Tech’s ADVANCE program and sustainment. These plans provide tenure-track untenured faculty with guidance, direction and assistance in developing successful professional careers. The mentoring process helps faculty understand expectations for research, teaching and service, the promotion and tenure process, and university culture. Encouragement and opportunities for constructive, nonjudgmental feedback provided by mentoring are important to faculty success. Recognizing that expectations vary by unit, each college has developed a mentoring plans that serves the needs of its faculty: