Divisional Governance

Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) encompasses a wide range of disciplines—from English to economics to electrical engineering—grouped into three large divisions and one school: humanities, social science, science, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science. The FAS as a whole is overseen by the Dean of the FAS, supported by a team of faculty and academic deans, divisional deans, and administrative staff.

Humanities and Social Science

Responsibility for the FAS humanities and social science divisions rests in the hands of their respective divisional deans. The deans are responsible for the day-to-day well-being and mid- and long-term planning of the departments in their divisions; they oversee faculty hiring, recruitment, and retention, as well as faculty career path milestones, including promotion, tenure, and retirement.

During 2019-20, Kathryn Lofton, Professor of American Studies, of Religious Studies, of History, and of Divinity, is serving as Acting FAS Dean of the Humanities, overseeing the 20+ departments and programs in the humanities division of the FAS, as well as several cross-divisional programs that bridge the humanities and other divisions. She also oversees tenure and promotion cases that come before the Humanities Tenure and Appointments Committee (HTAC), as well as chairing the associated advisory committee (HAC). Alan Gerber, Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science; Professor of Economics, of Statistics and Data Science, of Health Policy and Management (Public Health), and in the ISPS, has been renewed in his role as FAS Dean of Social Science, overseeing the departments and programs in the social science division of the FAS, as well as several cross-divisional programs. He also oversees tenure and promotion cases that come before the Social Science Tenure and Appointments Committee (SSTAC), as well as chairing the associated advisory committee (SSAC).

Both deans sit on the major FAS committees, including FAS Steering (which oversees all matters of FAS policy) and the Faculty Resource Committee (FRC) (which oversees the allocation of all FAS faculty searches), and, together with the along with the other members of the FAS faculty leadership team, meet regularly with the Dean of the FAS to coordinate FAS-wide goals, strategies, policies and practices.

Biological Science, Physical Science, and Engineering and Applied Science

Science and engineering has a slightly more complicated structure. The 14 FAS science and engineering departments are divided into three different subgroups: biological science (3 departments), physical science (6 departments), and engineering and applied science (5 departments). For most administrative purposes, the 9 departments in the biological and physical sciences are grouped together and constitute the division of science, whereas the 5 engineering and applied science departments are grouped together and constitute the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

By longstanding practice, there is one important exception: for purposes of tenure and promotion, the 3 biology departments roll up to one tenure committee (the Tenure and Appointments Committee in the Biological Sciences (TACBS)), which also oversees tenure and promotion cases from the basic science departments at the Yale School of Medicine; the 11 departments in the physical sciences and engineering and applied sciences roll up to another tenure committee (the Physical Science & Engineering Tenure Appointments Committee (PSETAC)).

Currently, Jeffrey Brock, Professor of Mathematics, is serving in two distinct roles: as FAS Dean of Science, and as Dean of SEAS. In his role as FAS Dean of Science, he oversees the three biological science and six physical science departments and programs in the science division of the FAS. In his role as Dean of SEAS, he oversees the five departments in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. In these roles, he sits on the major FAS committees, including FAS Steering and the Faculty Resource Committee (FRC), and, together with the along with the other members of the FAS faculty leadership team, meets regularly with the Dean of the FAS to coordinate FAS-wide goals, strategies, policies and practices.

In contrast to the humanities and social science divisions, where the divisional deans have primary oversight of the tenure and promotion cases that come before their respective committees, in the case of science and engineering, two additional faculty play leadership roles. For the 2019-20 academic year, Ronald Breaker, Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, will oversee cases coming before the Tenure and Appointments Committee for the Biological Sciences (TACBS), and chair the associated advisory committee (BSAC). Pieter van Dokkum, Sol Goldman Family Professor of Astronomy and Professor of Physics, will oversee tenure and promotion cases that come before the Physical Sciences & Engineering Tenure and Appointments Committee (PSETAC), as well as chairing the associated advisory committee (PSEAC). 

In these roles, Professors Breaker and van Dokkum sit as voting members of the Faculty Resource Committee (FRC).