Chair, Department of Communications, Art, and General Studies
Edward Waters College
Chair, Department of Communications, Arts, and General Studies
Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida is seeking candidates for the position of Chair of the Department of Communications, Arts, and General Studies, which houses the Communications and Music programs, and General Education Core courses. This is a full-time position with an anticipated start date of July 15, 2021.
The Department Chair is the intellectual and administrative leader of all academic programs of the Department, and the chief advocate for the mission, vision, and purposes of the Department’s academic programs. The Chair facilitates a spirit of collaborative leadership across the Department to support student success, to promote and strengthen high-quality academic programs firmly rooted in the tradition of liberal, church-affiliated education, and to move the institution forward in its pursuit of quality, opportunity, equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensure Emerging Eminence.
As the chief administrative and academic officer of the department, the Chair has authority and responsibility for the delivery of academic programs in accordance with departmental and college strategic plans; hiring and evaluation of department personnel, to include faculty and staff; and budgeting and resource management. As a member of the departmental administration, the Chair coordinates departmental activity with the activities of other units in the college. Relatedly, Department Chairs will collaborate with other members of the administration to assist in the development and implementation of College initiatives. This position will report directly to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
Significant Duties and Responsibilities
The Department Chair adheres to established timelines and deadlines in performing his/her duties and is responsible, either directly or by delegation, for the following duties:
Department Leadership and Administration
- Work with faculty, students, and staff to establish and maintain a long-term vision for the department that is consistent with the departmental and college missions.
- Assess department's progress in meeting department goals.
- Make recommendations regarding departmental programs, policies, procedures, and practices.
- Ensure departmental compliance with College rules and regulations.
- Communicate departmental needs and desires to the Dean and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.
- Communicate and interpret College decisions to the faculty.
- Conduct annual evaluation of faculty and meet with faculty to communicate evaluation results to ensure accountability.
- Maintain open lines of communication among specializations within the Department via Program Coordinators and encourage appropriate balance.
- Prepare and submit ongoing reports of departmental progress utilizing appropriate data and highlighting achievements and accomplishments.
- Managing and increasing graduation rates for majors in the department and maintaining records of student and alumni progress after graduation.
- Coordinate the development of classes from conceptualization to approval by the college curriculum committee.
- Complete scheduled program reviews in accordance with College policies and regulations.
- Complete Program Assessment and assessment of courses offered.
- Communicate and collaborate with program coordinators as appropriate.
- Communicate and collaborate with other entities across campus regarding the curriculum (College Curriculum Committee, Associate Provost, Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs).
- Coordinate the submission of reports required by accreditation agencies including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and professional accreditation organizations for programs in the department, with particular attention to student achievement, as demonstrated by students’ accomplishment of learning outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes—SLOs and Program Learning Outcomes— PLOs).
- Initiate new academic programs and projects, based on analysis of market trends and assessment of departmental need.
- Manage daily operations of the department.
- Develop and submit class schedules and textbook orders.
- Review and revise the university catalog regarding matters related to departmental requirements and schedules.
- Monitor course registrations and make appropriate adjustments in course schedules and instructor assignments in cooperation with the Dean's Office.
- Review and approve/deny grade change requests.
- Coordinate implementation of academic policies and regulations
- Communicate departmental activities and concerns to the Dean's Office and to the larger campus.
- Communicate college activities and concerns to the departmental membership.
- Communicate college policies regarding academic policy matters, legislation, regulations, and requirements to the department.
- Promotion and Tenure
- Manage coordinator and faculty academic advisement of students in their major field of study.
- Manage resources for the advancement of department and program vision and mission.
- Develop and regularly monitor the departmental budget.
- Review and approve funding requests for faculty development and departmental projects.
- Review and approve departmental expenditures in compliance with college fiscal policies and practices.
- Administer the recruitment of full-time and part-time faculty and make hiring recommendations to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
- Evaluate full-time and part-time faculty, including conducting Annual Performance Reviews.
- As part of the Annual Review process, guide faculty in the construction of a professional development plan (PDP) outlining goals in teaching, scholarship, research, and service.
- Evaluate all promotion, tenure, and post-tenure applications.
- Serve as appropriate in the appeals process regarding faculty and staff grievances.
- Supervise student personnel.
- Recruit, appoint, supervise, and evaluate staff members.
- Coordinate course load scheduling to include flexible scheduling to meet the demands of students in departmental programs.
- Cooperate with Human Resources on faculty and staff issues related to claims of harassment, requests for Family Medical Leave, disability and illness, and other similar issues.
The Chairperson has primary responsibility for representing the Department and the discipline to the College and the community-at-large. Among the specific duties for which the Chairperson is responsible and accountable are:
- Maintaining liaison with other departments and support units.
- Fulfilling public relations responsibilities, in collaboration with the Division of Advancement and enhancing the departmental image and reputation on and off-campus.
- Promoting interdepartmental and interdisciplinary cooperation in the development and maintenance of academic programs.
- Coordinate recruiting of students in department programs.
- Coordinate student advisement and review of degree progress documents.
- Evaluate student transfer credit.
- Review student appeals.
- Meet with students, as appropriate, regarding concerns about classes, faculty, and policies.
- Cooperate with the Office of Counseling and Disability Services on issues related to accommodations with the students.
- Review and recommend requests and applications for student travel.
- Coordinate departmental/program recruitment/retention activities with faculty, Admissions staff, and the Office of Retention staff.
- Coordinate departmental participation in Visitation Days and other recruitment activities.
- Coordinate departmental participation in orientation/registration of new students.
- Review and approve/deny course override requests.
- Review and approve/deny requests for transient credit.
Management and Department Recordkeeping:
- Supervise the maintenance of departmental records.
- Ensure that departmental documents and websites are regularly updated.
- Schedule and lead department meetings on a regular basis
- Serve on departmental and college committees.
- Serve on the Chairs' Council.
- Participate in faculty meetings and attend all College convocations and other special events, as deemed appropriate for academic leadership.
- Teach an average of two classes for the fall and spring semesters and one course each summer, as appropriate for the size and scope of the department.
- Participate in personal professional development as well as research and scholarly activities in the discipline.
- Participate and assist department faculty in college and community service activities as appropriate.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Must have knowledge of programs within the department in terms of requirements, policies, procedures, operation, and management; accreditation requirements generally and specifically those that apply to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Should have documented performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.
Required Education and Experience
- An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution.
- Credentials to teach in an academic discipline offered in the Department of Communications, Arts, and General Studies at Edward Waters College.
- Evidence of research and or publications in the field.
- The rank of Associate Professor or higher.
- A record of leadership experience within the profession or the college.
- Evidence of at least 3 years of successful teaching in higher education.
- Excellent communication and human relations skills.
- Preferred experience will include at least three years of success in the administration of programs in higher education to include strategic planning, budgeting, operations, and collaboration with colleagues.
Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and three professional references (name and contact information) to email@example.com. The unofficial transcripts must be submitted prior to issuance of the contract. To ensure priority consideration, the specified application materials must be received in PDF format by June 15, 2021. The screenings will continue until the position is filled.
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