Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is one of the fastest growing historically black colleges in the nation. Nestled in the capital of the Natural State of Arkansas, well known for its spectacular views and scenic waterways, we are a privately supported, four-year liberal arts college that is student-centered and intensely focused on our mission to graduate academically accomplished students that are grounded as advocates for social justice and determined to change the world for the better.

PSC is seeking a Chair for the Literacy Department in the Division of General Education. Experience is needed in administrative duties and in supervising instructors in literacy (Developmental English, Composition I, Composition II, and Developmental Reading), as well as in teaching all levels of English at the college level. The department chair may be required to be available in the evenings, weekends, and summers. It is expected that the Literacy Department Chair will adhere to the PSC Human Values: Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for PSC, Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Spirituality. Chair will report to the Division Chair in General Education.

The chair of the Department of Literacy Skills is responsible for administrative duties, leadership in the department, pedagogical expertise, teaching, scholarly pursuits, support for collegiate programs, and adherence to College policies, rules, and regulations.

Specifically, the responsibilities of the department chair will include but are not limited to the following:

Administrative Duties

  • Work in collaboration with the Chair of the Division of General Education and the Office of Academic Affairs;
  • Collaborate with college administrative personnel and offices;
  • Conduct departmental meetings, with agendas and minutes;
  • Commit to fully participate in all departmental, division, and office initiatives, and projects as required;
  • Initiate course, program, department, and curriculum review and development;
  • Serve on departmental, division, and college committees;
  • Attend department, division, and college faculty meetings;
  • Participate in other duties as assigned by the Division Chair, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and/or the College
  • President;
  • Identify and recruit adjunct faculty, and make recommendations to the Division Chair
  • Oversee adjunct faculty by providing assistance and support;
  • Prepare material, reports and documents as required by the department, division, and administration;
  • Provide departmental services to students, including resolving student conflict issues;
  • Work with the assessment coordinator and tutors to help provide academic support;
  • Provide to the division chair course schedules for fall, spring, summer, and special programs;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of departmental and divisional
  • assessment instruments, including course, program and division assessments;
  • Represent the division and/or administration when needed;
  • Complete assigned responsibilities by indicated deadlines;
  • Maintain accurate departmental records;
  • Use staff resources appropriately

Leadership Duties

  • Display critical thinking when interacting with faculty, students, and others;
  • Ability to supervise, mentor, guide, motivate, and advocate for all faculty in the department;
  • Create an environment of mutual respect among colleagues, staff, and administrators;
  • Be an active listener;
  • Model appropriate departmental leadership in service to the students, faculty, and the College;
  • Guide efforts to integrate technology into courses;
  • Demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service in the field;
  • Evaluate instructors and teaching;
  • Support shared governance;
  • Make critical decision;
  • Provide vision in line with the College’s mission and strategic plan:
  • Ensure the implementation of the department’s mission and outcomes;
  • Remain current in research;
  • Disseminate information to department personnel;
  • Address and resolve departmental and student concerns, issues, and grievances according to College policies;
  • Ensure departmental and division responsibilities are completed by faculty;
  • Ensure supplies, including books, are available;
  • Develop a common syllabus for use;
  • Monitor student progress throughout the department.

Pedagogy Expertise

  • Experience teaching developmental and collegiate level courses in English Composition;
  • Ability to simplify skills and concepts for students needing remediation;
  • Ability to apply different strategies for instruction;
  • Knowledge of best practices and current research;
  • Experience in data analysis for use in curriculum development and instructional practices;
  • Ability to model effective strategies;
  • Ability to conduct workshops on study skills, test-taking skills, and in other areas of the discipline.

Chair must have at least a master’s degree or doctorate (preferred) in the subject to be taught or related field and at least three years of teaching experience in the field.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the positions will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should submit the attached application, cover letter, resume, and three letters of professional references to: humanresources@philander.edu. Email subject line should include the words Literacy Department Chair along with the Division of General Education, and documents should be in Word format. You may also mail your information to:

Philander Smith College
Attn: Office of Human Resources
900 Daisy Bates Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202