NCSSM Morganton Department Chair for Humanities

NC School of Science and Mathematics
North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 07, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Collaborate with leadership and faculty across NCSSM’s two residential campuses and online program to develop and deliver an innovative, challenging academic curriculum, with a special focus on interdisciplinary courses and experiences. Provide effective leadership and supervision for an academic department at NCSSM Morganton, supervising approximately 8-15 faculty members. Develop and teach innovative and engaging courses in NCSSM’s residential and online programs. Share responsibility for departmental budgeting and purchasing and otherwise lead and support day-to-day activities of the department. Promote and support the mission, initiatives, policies, and procedures of the School. This position may require regular travel between NCSSM’s Durham and Morganton campuses.

Specific Duties:


Work with the departmental Dean to set the tone for departmental and interdepartmental interactions. Foster a sense of common purpose and community. Chair department meetings and create meeting agendas. Cultivate leadership skills and opportunities for department members by funding and supporting professional development activities. Monitor internal and external trends in education. Advocate for the needs of the Disciplines/Department and the School.

Enrollment, Courses, and Programs

Determine students’ placement and exemptions in appropriate areas of the curriculum. Provide to Dean draft schedules for disciplines and other curriculum areas, including course offerings, number of sections, class caps, teaching assignments, classrooms, and exams. Review requests for placement changes and administrative adjustments and send to Registrar as needed. Review and approve special study proposals. Talk with faculty about their new course ideas; keep faculty on track to submit new course proposals by published deadlines; vet those proposals and share with Dean. Serve as liaison among faculty, Summer Research and Innovation Program (SRIP) Director, and Summer Programs Coordinator to plan departmental summer programs for students and summer faculty workshops. Create, approve, and sign any needed hiring paperwork for these programs. Work with Academic Affairs and Associate Vice Chancellor to coordinate sponsors and funding for academic competitions and ensure that records of departmental accolades are maintained.


Conduct faculty classroom observations and monitor and evaluate faculty and staff goals, work plans, self-appraisals, and improvement plans. Approve flex time, advance leave, work days, sick leave/parental leave, and departmental summer employment. Arrange class coverage when faculty are on leave. Oversee new faculty and staff onboarding through training, support, assigning mentors, and conducting faculty observations. Develop and coordinate professional development opportunities at the discipline and departmental levels and approve and support individual professional development opportunities. Develop and update job descriptions for departmental leadership positions. Meet with the leadership team and individual leaders on a regular basis. Serve as hiring manager for new departmental faculty and staff: write job descriptions and postings; recruit applicants; appoint interview team members; schedule interviews, including candidates’ meetings with the Dean; forward interview team’s recommendations to the Dean. Arrange for temporary hires as needed. Support nominations for NCSSM and external awards for faculty and staff, in collaboration with Dean and other chairs.

Budget and Purchasing

Assist Dean in setting annual budgets for State, Foundation, and other departmental accounts. Work with departmental Program Associate to monitor and manage departmental budgets and to share regular updates with Dean. Approve purchase requests as needed. Determine capital needs, plan for textbook purchases, and compile a prioritized list of departmental needs. Recommend funding needs and secure and allocate funding for curriculum development, special projects, summer programs. Review and approve professional development requests and allocate professional development funds (including travel) for faculty and staff. Review and approve competition funding (including travel) for faculty, staff, and students. Supervise upkeep, repair, and replacement of equipment (e.g., musical instruments, lab equipment, etc).

Administrative Coordination and Communication

Attend leadership meetings including Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, Instructional Council, departmental leadership team (chaired by Dean) and those pertaining to the duties of Counseling, Enrollment Services, Business Office, and Student Life. Attend ad hoc meetings to coordinate with Morganton and Durham campuses and online program, and UNC System schools. Serve on committees as assigned, including Hiring, Strategic Planning, Accreditation, and Calendar. Assist with the coordination and delivery of in-service events, including Family Day, admissions events, and professional development activities.

Coordinate with Distance Education and Extended Programs, Summer Programs, and Student Life for the use of classroom, lab and dorm spaces. Keep faculty in department/discipline informed about important school news, initiatives, deadlines, etc. Contribute to and deliver formal presentations, including presentations to the Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, and at Admissions Events (Open Houses, Discovery Days, Welcome Days, etc.). Attend school-related events and receptions. Promote Engagement and Outreach Activities specific to the department or disciplines. Set up meetings and create agendas for campus visitors. Address concerns of faculty, parents, and students, consulting with the Dean as needed. Address concerns of prospective and new students.

Instructional Duties

Teach classes in multiple modes of delivery (face-to-face, online, hybrid). General duties include those necessary to provide an engaging and productive learning environment, such as: develop and communicate to students clear course objectives and goals; plan and develop an instructional program that helps students assimilate specific course content and skills; regularly monitor and evaluate students' progress, providing students with resources and timely feedback on their performance; structure and manage an environment conducive to learning; hold regular tutorials and office hours; follow the School's philosophy, policies, and procedures. Lead and assist in the development of new courses. Write letters of recommendation for students.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Knowledge of field and practice of the department or discipline. Ability to develop and deliver courses using effective and innovative practices in pedagogy, technology, and classroom management. Comfortable with technology used for hosting virtual meetings and classes. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, including the use of collaborative tools to create and manage documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Advanced degree in literature, history, social science, cultural studies, or a related field in the humanities, with a proven track record of effective and inspiring teaching. Experience or interest in team-teaching. Experience in teaching writing as a tool and extension of thought, a means by which students integrate and articulate what they have learned. Ability to design and teach a variety of interdisciplinary humanities courses as well to collaborate with colleagues in other departments to design and teach courses that bring together STEM and the Humanities. Enthusiasm for participating in ongoing, collegial conversations about ideas, goals, pedagogical methods, and authentic assessment, within a collaborative teaching and learning environment. Dedication to continual growth, both as teachers and learners. Since all NCSSM faculty and staff are expected to support the intellectual, cultural, emotional, and social growth of students—responsibilities that transcend a traditional high school or college teaching schedule—applicants should have the commitment, energy, and stamina to participate actively in the multi-dimensional life of the NCSSM community. Position reports to the Dean of Humanities.

Minimum Education and Experience: 

Master’s degree in a related academic field. Teaching experience in a related field, preferably with high-achieving secondary students or with undergraduates; preparation for teaching a diverse student population as demonstrated by training and/or experience. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Desired experience: Experience with supervision or evaluation of teaching faculty. Experience with budgeting and spending. Experience in the use of educational technology to deliver online and/or residential courses.