Chairperson - Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education

Chairperson - Department of Leadership, Middle, and Secondary Education
College of Education, Health and Human Studies
Full time

Primary Responsibilities
  • Fulfill department administrative duties on a 12-month contract, with reassigned time as appropriate to be approved by the Provost, typically 6 credit hours of instruction per semester, or equivalent
  • Provide academic planning (i.e. scheduling) for all departmental programs
  • Provide collegial leadership for faculty on the main campus and regional campuses
  • Provide oversight of budget, facilities, and equipment
  • Recruit, mentor, and evaluate faculty and staff
  • Oversee student recruitment and retention efforts
  • Supervise administrative staff
  • Advocate for the resource needs of the programs, faculty, staff, and students
  • Oversee undergraduate and graduate programs (including traditional, online, and a joint Ed.D. program)
  • Fulfill all other duties as assigned by university administration


Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in a departmental education discipline
  • A strong record of teaching, scholarship and service that merit appointment as a tenured Associate Professor in the department, full professor preferred
  • Demonstrated record of P-12 teaching and/or P-12 administrative/leadership experience; minimum experience of 5 years preferred
  • Evidence of successful administrative and leadership experience in an academic institution, including budgetary and scheduling experience
  • Ability to champion the range of disciplines within the department
  • Familiarity with relevant accreditations and governing bodies within the department
  • Familiarity with P-12 certification processes
  • Demonstrated record of current published scholarly research; grant experience preferred
  • Demonstrated excellent record of college/university teaching
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of faculty morale and enthusiasm
  • Strong interpersonal, written, oral communication, educational technology skills, and cultural competencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse working environment, including working with multicultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities

As a public regional university (with a graduate mission), Southeast seeks candidates with a commitment to excellent undergraduate (and graduate) education and student success within the framework of the teacher-scholar model. Applications of instructional technology and pedagogical research are supported through the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Online Learning. Successful candidates will contribute to the development of innovative curricula and delivery strategies, including traditional, blended and online formats, and participate in initiatives promoting student success, retention and degree completion.

Required Information & Deadline: Application Deadline : The position is available August 1, 2021 and will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 6, 2020.

To Apply: Submit the following items online by clicking on the APPLY button at the top of the page:
  • Letter of interest addressing position requirements
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Name and contact information of three professional references
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts are required when offer of employment is accepted)

Additional Information: Departmental information: The Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education is in the College of Education, Health and Human Studies and offers undergraduate initial teaching certification for middle, junior, and senior high school teachers, as well as some K-12 programs. We also offer master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees in higher education and educational leadership. Our department offers a range of traditional, hybrid, synchronous, and online courses to students on the main campus, regional campuses, and remote locations. Our mission is to prepare, support, and sustain effective educational leaders and middle and secondary educators, and provide student centered - future thinking - educational programs that instill a passion for life-long learning and a thirst for knowledge that transforms students into leaders of diverse classrooms, school systems, and communities.

The department offers the following undergraduate programs: Middle School Education (grades 5-9, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies), Secondary Education (grades 9-12, agriculture, biology, chemistry, physics, English, mathematics, and social studies), K-12 Education (art, family and consumer science, physical education, music-vocal, music-instrumental). Additional offerings include the following master’s-level programs: higher education administration; school administration-elementary, school administration-secondary; educational technology; educational studies; teacher leadership; and STEM. Additionally, the department offers specialist programs in educational administration and teacher leadership.

University facts: Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive regional state university with five colleges, approximately 10,000 students, and a faculty and staff of over 1,050. Southeast, a moderately selective institution, offers baccalaureate, masters and specialist degrees, and participates in joint doctoral programs with the University of Missouri. Cape Girardeau, a historic city overlooking the Mississippi River, is the hub of a thriving county with a population of approximately 78,000. Serving a region of more than 500,000 people, it is the largest center for retail, medical, manufacturing, communications, and cultural activities between St. Louis and Memphis.

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