The department chair is responsible for teaching courses each academic semester and for the operations of the educational leadership graduate department. The chair is expected to work collegially with department faculty in program development and curricular changes, provide department reports as needed, develop recommended schedules and faculty loads for the department, recruit and recommend admission for prospective graduate students, represent the educational leadership faculty to the administration and work with faculty as related to personal matters. The chair teaches a reduced faculty load that may include evening or weekend courses delivered on campus, out of town and online. The chair is expected to be involved with doctoral students, including service in dissertation research. individual is expected to participate fully in scholarship and service to the profession, school, university and community. Collaboration and building effective partnerships with K-12 schools and the Alabama State Department of Education is expected.
Qualified candidates will be graduates of an accredited school with an earned doctoral degree in educational leadership or a related field, must possess excellent interpersonal relationship skills, organizational skills, and the ability to lead through example. Candidates are expected to be experienced researchers with a strong record of research and publication with K-12 experience. Experience working with graduate candidates at doctoral level; multiple teaching delivery systems; a history of successful performance in the faculty role; commitment to academic excellence; and the ability to effectively work with faculty, students and colleagues is expected. Leadership experience in a regional or national organization is desired. Candidates must be willing to support the Christian mission of Samford University and the Orlean Beeson School of Education.
Academic rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications, experience, previous academic teaching experience, and scholarship accomplishments.
Orlean Beeson School of Education includes four departments: Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education, and Human Development and Family Life. The Department of Educational Leadership has four programs including master’s, educational specialist and doctoral (Ed.D.) levels.
Samford University is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and is a nationally recognized academic institution. Samford is Alabama’s top ranked university by Forbes, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal (2018); is ranked #3 in the south by U.S. News and World Report; and has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability, and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. For more information, go to samford.edu.
Please forward a letter of interest, curriculum vita, the names and contact information of three professional references, as well as a completed Application for Faculty Position https://www.samford.edu/departments/files/Human_Resources/application-for-faculty-employment.pdf. The applicant will also be asked to complete a Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement form which will be sent electronically upon receipt of the application documentation.
Please forward documents to:
Marcie Harchuck, Administrative Assistant
Orlean Beeson School of Education
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Please put Educational Leadership Chair and your last name in the subject line if sent by e-mail.
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