Department Chair, Applied Sciences

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

Department Chair, Applied Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

The College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide (ERAU-W) seeks a dynamic, nationally recognized academic leader who will serve as Chair for the Department of Applied Sciences. This position will include a tenured faculty appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank. The successful candidate not only will lead the existing faculty and programs in the department, but also will guide a strategic college-wide focus in developing new interdisciplinary programs and courses. The successful candidate will fill a critical leadership role within the College and across the Worldwide campus and will be provided ample time and resources to accommodate responsibilities of leadership, program development, and management for this broad interdisciplinary faculty team.

As a tenured faculty member in COAS, the successful candidate will maintain an exemplary level of research and scholarly activity. S/he will have demonstrated leadership skills, including project management, development of personnel, strategic planning, and budget management. The position also requires an ability to work collaboratively with internal and external constituents as a member of the department, college, and university. Additionally, candidates should have experience with a broad range of innovative methods of instruction and assessment. The ideal candidate will have a clear vision for supporting the development and growth of programs in the department. While this position will be based at Worldwide headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL, department faculty are located around the world. As such, candidates will be highly adept at digital communication and proficient at motivating and leading virtual teams.

A doctorate in the Applied Sciences is required. Meteorology and Psychology are targeted growth areas for the department; candidates with backgrounds in one of these areas will be given preference. Applicants should have a demonstrated record that will qualify them for appointment to a tenured faculty position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, preferably with work that emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the applied sciences.

COAS engages regularly in strategic planning activities, with the current COAS Strategic Directions & Action Plan ( ) guiding the College’s work and resources through 2022. Additionally, COAS implemented promotion and tenure guidelines and criteria, effective August 2019. Both of these policy documents are vital to the future trajectory of the College, and represent a collective strategy for all College decisions. The Department Chair for Applied Sciences will provide leadership and mentoring for department faculty in order to maintain the positive momentum inspired by these critical College documents.

Other COAS departments include Humanities and Communication, Security and Emergency Services, and STEM Education. In addition to degree programs, COAS annually provides over 2,000 sections of general education courses as part of every degree program at ERAU-W, with a focus on developing students’ capacity in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, communication, scientific literacy, cultural literacy, and collaboration. The Worldwide campus has an enrollment of 23,000 students, delivering courses globally online, synchronously to both homes and classrooms, in blended formats, and face-to-face at over 130 locations. ERAU-W earned a Top 5 ranking during the past seven years for Best Online Bachelor’s programs from
U.S. News & World Report.


Deadline for applications has been extended to March 15, 2021; expected start date will be August 1, 2021. Applications should include a current CV and a detailed letter discussing experience, academic qualifications, and background that demonstrate a fit with COAS and the position. Selected candidates will be required to secure three professional references as part of the review process. Application materials should be submitted electronically at . Questions can be directed via email to Dr. Debra Bourdeau, Search Committee Chair, at .

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