The College and Department are searching for a Chair who is an innovative education scholar with career experience emphasizing education practice and policy with a global and justice-oriented agenda. As a member of both the faculty and administration, the Chair must be a strong faculty and student advocate, and at the same time help to establish the strategic direction of the department to support the mission and goals of the College and University, which are as follows:

  • Demonstrate continued commitment to student success and producing well educated global citizens;
  •  Foster sustainable development and positive societal change through high-impact research and innovation, with a proven record of research;
  • Create new partnerships to build a strong and sustainable future for Florida in the global economy;
  • Pursue a more secure economic base, greater operational and resource efficiencies, and increased transparency in its business practices.

The Chair will provide leadership and support for teaching, research, publishing, professional activities, and external funding to promote the development of new knowledge and innovative practices. The Chair will have responsibilities for leading, organizing, and maintaining the personnel and other resources in the department to meet departmental goals. These goals include the delivery of instruction in curriculum at the Undergraduate, Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral levels. The Chair will represent the Department at regular meetings with College or University constituents and will be expected to engage in professional organizations. Other departmental duties of the Chair include (1) facilitating progress toward the University and College strategic goals, including enhancing the commitment to diversity; (2) planning cycles of courses to deliver degree programs; (3) managing budgets; (4) supervising standing committees that include tenure and promotion, annual review, adjunct credentialing, and graduate assistant credentialing; (5) overseeing admission, enrollment and completion requirements for all degree programs; (6) maintaining program approval and accreditation standards as required by the state of Florida, SACS, and CAEP standards; and (7) providing leadership for the department’s fund raising activities. Close alliance with service area school districts that are some of the largest and most diverse in the nation is also an important responsibility. The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Education.

Candidates should demonstrate strong human relations, verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary for effective collaboration with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and external constituents. Candidates must have strong organizational skills. This is a 12-month, tenured position, effective August 7, 2018.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution with specialization in an education field or a closely related discipline relevant to the Department’s programs;
  • Evidence of teaching excellence within a College/School of Education or comparable entity;
  • Experience with innovative delivery methods, including online, in person, and/or field-based;
  • A demonstrated record of scholarly productivity in national and/or international refereed journals;
  • Successful experience with program development and program accreditation approvals;
  • An outstanding university record of publishing, teaching, research, scholarly work, and other professional accomplishments commensurate with appointment as a full professor with tenure according to USF’s standards (see http://www.usf.edu/provost/faculty-info/tenure-promotion.aspx).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful experience as a department chair or co-chair, or significant experience in an administrative role in a university setting;
  • Experience as an active leader in national or international professional organizations;
  • Evidence of leadership experience that includes the application of skills in consensus building and conflict resolution;
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills, effective communication skills and evidence of developing successful organizational structures;
  • Demonstrated leadership in and commitment to working with diverse populations and related initiatives;
  • Demonstrated capacity for collaborative leadership and the mentoring of new scholars;
  • Willingness to engage in principles of shared governance with departmental faculty;
  • Ability to support and assist with implementing strategies for effective and appropriate uses of technology;
  • Proven grant experience and/or contract awards;
  • Current knowledge in the utilization of technology for communicating, providing instruction, office management, and other related activities;
  • Successful experience with departmental budgets, grants and/or other sources of external funding;
  • Willingness to support ongoing grants and to establish new grant initiatives;
  • Experience teaching in Pre-K-12 schools or equivalent settings;
  • Demonstrated excellence in university teaching.

Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 14434

Posting End DateOpen Until Filled

Application Process:

USF welcomes applications from qualified applicants who have knowledge of and experience with individuals representing diverse backgrounds and cultures. Applications must be submitted electronically. All required documents must be uploaded in one PDF attachment: a letter of interest specifying Position #3883 and describing qualifications for the position in each of the required/preferred areas; a current vita; university transcripts for all graduate degrees earned; copies of one or more recent research texts (maximum of 4) published in refereed journals or by renowned publishing houses; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of four professional references. Letters from references are not required at the time of application. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening, and candidates will receive prior notification.

Position finalists will be required to provide official university transcripts for all graduate degrees earned. Letters of recommendation from professional references will be required of position finalists. References will be contacted for verification prior to any official campus visits. The candidate’s immediate supervisor will be contacted by the Dean of the College. USF conducts a full background check prior to employment.