Department Chair of Social Sciences (FT191)

South Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 13, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY, founded in 1869, is becoming recognized as one of the leading institutions of higher education in the southeast. With rigorous student-focused academic programs and a faculty comprised of world-class scholars, these attributes have contributed to the U.S. News and World Report ranking Claflin ninth in its 2021 list of the nation’s top historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs). Claflin is the only HBCU in South Carolina in this “Top Ten” ranking. Claflin has earned a place among the Top 10 HBCUs in the publication’s prestigious ranking for 10 consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report also ranked Claflin University ninth overall among the schools in the Best Regional Colleges in the South rankings.

REPSONSIBILITIES: The Department of Social Sciences at Claflin University seeks to hire an assistant/associate professor to chair the department. Responsibilities will include: The Department Chair serves as the chief administrative officer responsible for all administrative and leadership aspects of a degree-granting department. Duties include budget planning, personnel management, facilities management, and the daily supervision of full-time and adjunct faculty. Additional teaching responsibilities will include other courses within one of the disciplines of Sociology, Criminal Justice, or Psychology. The Department Chair is also expected to participate fully in departmental recruitment activities within the state and nationally, campus committee service, performance, and research obligations consistent with all faculty appointments.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must possess experience in college level teaching and advising that hold a PhD in either Criminal Justice or Psychology. Applicants must have a strong commitment to strengthening a multi-disciplinary department and the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service at a liberal arts institution with a focus on undergraduate research. The ideal applicant has administrative experience and/or evidence of potential for effective administration and communication; a national reputation for excellence in research and teaching; an active research agenda and experience in securing major grants; and strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.

SALARY: Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should complete a Claflin University Faculty Application located on our website: (, to include uploading your current curriculum vita. Send a letter of application, copies of transcripts of all graduate work, three current letters of recommendation and the addresses, telephone numbers and emails of at least three references. Send all the above materials via email to:

Dr. Isaiah McGee, Dean

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Claflin University

400 Magnolia Street

Orangeburg, SC 29115


Office telephone: (803) 535-5234

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