Elms College, located in Chicopee, MA, invites applications for the position of Associate Professor / Chair of the Education Division. This a FT teaching appointment. This position is responsible for managing and coordinating all departmental activities, programs and collaborations, overseeing the educational process, planning and implementing for all undergraduate and graduate programs, and serves as a spokesperson for the program within and outside the College. Position will have responsibility in providing leadership for the college’s urban education initiatives.

Assistant/Associate Professor Search
Duties & Responsibilities

  • Urban Education: provide leadership and guidance with college’s urban education initiatives to increase the number and diversity of high quality teachers in urban schools.
  • Budget: Prepare and oversee the budget for all disciplines within the Division.


  • Schedule courses for all disciplines within the Division;
  • Engage in curriculum planning, assessment of learning outcomes, & program development;
  • Arrange for program evaluations of all divisional majors and minors;
  • Supervise the approval of new courses and submit these to Curriculum Committee.


  • Access and analyze course evaluations; address any issues;
  • Recruit and develop faculty for on-campus and two off-campus programs;
  • Lead, supervise, & evaluate full-time, half-time, and adjunct faculty members;
  • Conduct classroom visitations of adjunct and tenure-track faculty;
  • Collect, review and summarize yearly Professional Data Forms collected from faculty;
  • Conduct tenure-track, third-year, and post-tenure reviews;
  • Make retention, tenure, and promotion recommendations;
  • Address faculty needs, complaints, and special projects.


  • Supervise administrative assistant, graduate assistant, off-campus academic advisor for Early Care & Education programs at BCC and GCC & all faculty;
  • Supervise the Director of the Summer Reading Clinic;
  • Organize and chair monthly divisional meetings.


  • Lead the Division through the process of program approval of licensure programs by the MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in 2020-21;
  • Gather data for, and complete the yearly Title II Reports;
  • Serve as College liaison to the ESE for all questions, problems, issues;
  • Endorse all licensure completers for the MA DESE (December, May, August).

Student Records:

  • Supervise transfer and waiver paperwork for Education students;
  • Assess Education students for graduation;
  • Maintain student records, per policies of the MA-ESE and College.


  • Ensure and publicize opportunities for MTEL preparation;
  • Receive bi-weekly reports of MTEL scores; monitor student progress in this regard;
  • Monitor the academic progress and MTEL status of all Education students;
  • Communicate re: issues & accomplishments; follow up with students and advisors.


  • Recruit, interview, make admissions decisions for all graduate education students;
  • Author and update articulation agreements with community colleges;
  • Assess the academic records of transfer students for licensure courses;
  • Receive, analyze, and respond to weekly admission-funnel data.

Respond to student issues and complaints.

Assign faculty advisors; supervise/organize/conduct division advising.


  • Attend bi-weekly meetings of Division Chairs;
  • Serve as faculty liaison to Admissions, Marketing, Registrar;
  • Represent the Division at College events;
  • Advocate for the Division;
  • Actively engage in committee work in the governance of the College;
  • Adhere to College policies and procedures, as outlined in the Faculty and Employee Handbooks, College policies, and in other regulatory documents;
  • Uphold, promote, and demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Mission and Core Values of the College (Faith,
  • Community, Justice, and Excellence);
  • Represent the College to local school districts and to the Springfield Diocesan School Board.


  • Supervise the provision of copy and the updating of Education Division information for the undergraduate catalog, Graduate catalog, and College website;
  • Author and update undergraduate and graduate Education Division handbooks.


  • Gather and analyze data to inform and support Division functions;
  • Track job and graduate school enrollment data of recent alumni;
  • Monitor the academic progress and MTEL status of all Education students;
  • Communicate re: any issues, follow up with students and advisors;

Other duties as may be assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications for Chair of the Education Department

  • Earned doctorate (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) in education or a related field.
  • Demonstrated teaching leadership excellence at the college/university level required; minimum five years’ required. Minimum of five years of teaching experience in Pre-K – 12 schools.
  • Effective leadership and management skills.
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts educator licensure requirements.
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks & Common Core.
  • Experience in, and knowledge of, urban schools, their challenges, and their strengths.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills & follow through and responsiveness to tasks is required.
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Software, and working knowledge of centralized data bases. Willingness to learn college systems such as Ellucian.
  • Ability to compile data and prepare accurate reports.
  • Ability to supervise and effectively manage adjuncts and work with library personnel.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to professionally and courteously interact with students, faculty, staff, and the public.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population, sensitivity to and awareness of multi-religious and multi-cultural issues.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in meeting the changing needs of the College.

To Apply
Qualified individuals should submit the following credentials:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Official transcript for doctorate level degree
  • Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity and/or service
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references to:

Deborah Methe
Director of Human Relations
Elms College

Elms College is an equal opportunity educator and employer committed to attracting qualified candidates from groups underrepresented on the campus. Visit us at www.elms.edu