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Department Chair, Educational Studies & Psychology

Benedict College
Columbia, South Carolina
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 7, 2023

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution with over 1,700 students enrolled in its 26 baccalaureate degree programs and 2 master's degree programs. Defying trends, Benedict College maintains a nearly equal male and female student population. This Midlands HBCU has welcomed students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world. 








Benedict College has a full-time, 12-month, tenure track appointment opening as Department Chair beginning August 1 for the Fall 2023 in the Educational Studies and Psychology Department. 








Under the general direction of the dean, serves as the principal administrator and instructional leader for the department. This is a full time, 12-month, tenure track position. The department chair will be expected to teach up to 6 SCH per semester and will be released 75% time for coordination and supervision of full- and part-time faculty; assignment of teaching and advising loads; leadership for curriculum and program development; assessment of student learning outcomes; innovation of co-curricular enhancements; and coordination of experiential learning, retention activities, and internship and first-destination placements. The Chair will also be expected to serve on committees at department, school, and college levels; engage in scholarly research appropriate for rank; and, participate in public service initiatives.






Educational Studies & Psychology Departments


The mission of the Educational Studies and Psychology Department is to prepare students for careers in psychology and child and family development fields as educators and practitioners. Through the major, minor, and concentration programs, our students develop knowledge and skills that promote empowering, justice-driven, and inclusive experiences for a diverse and global society.







Department Majors Offered


The Educational Studies and Psychology Department offers two majors.  A major in Educational Studies with a concentration in Child and Family Development and a major in Psychology.  The Child and Family Development concentration prepares graduates to work in non-public school settings that serve the educational needs of children and families. The Psychology major provides specialized training for students planning professional careers in psychology, mental health, and child & adult protective services.




Principal Accountability


  • Coordinates short- and long-range planning in accordance with the Strategic Plan Provides leadership for program area(s) including but not limited to student retention, recruitment, and placement Provides academic, career and personal counseling to applicants and students; monitors student progress to ensure a successful experience Manages student and faculty issues, complaints, and concerns Coordinates and publicizes all departmental activities, including orientation, internships, placement activities, etc. Develops the master course schedule for the program area(s) each academic term Oversees program assessment plan Monitors classroom teaching and student records Manages department budget and resources Participates in department, school, and college committees Supports program, school and college initiatives after hours and/or on weekends, if required Maintains an active, scholarly agenda of research in discipline Supervises, evaluates, and hires full- and part-time faculty





  • Demonstrated commitment to teach, educate, and lead in diverse environments with historically marginalized individuals and groups Proficiency with development and implementation of courses using virtual platforms Ability to use technology effectively in teaching and learning Demonstrated capacity to facilitate student learning and engagement Demonstrated commitment to professional responsibilities, student development, and service



Minimum Qualifications and Experience


  • Earned terminal degree in departmental disciplines (or closely related area) Five (5) or more years teaching experience Evidence of teaching effectiveness Evidence of scholarly activity Evidence of leadership

Preferred Qualifications


  • Tenured Five (5) or more years teaching experience in higher education Evidence of scholarly publications and teaching effectiveness Evidence of proficiency with learning management systems and online teaching and learning

Position Salary


  • The salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Application Instructions


Initial review of application materials will begin April 17th, 2023 and will continue until a qualified candidate is hired. We anticipate initial screening interviews via Zoom in April of 2023.




For full consideration, application materials must be received no later than Friday, April 7, 2023.  Benedict College will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Please complete the following: 


    • a cover letter addressing how you meet the qualifications of the position, including teaching experience, research experience and/or leadership experience   a curriculum vitae   official college transcript(s)   three professional reference letters 





Submit documents to: 


Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, Dean 
School of Education, Health and Human Services 
Benedict College 


1600 Harden Street 
Columbia, SC 29204 





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