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Dir- Operations Mgt Program/Asst/Assoc/Full/Professor of the Practice

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 2, 2023
Job Title

Dir- Operations Mgt Program/Asst/Assoc/Full/Professor of the Practice


School of Professional Studies

Primary Campus

Univ of Kansas Edwards Campus

Job Description

The Director – Operations Management Program/Professor of the Practice is a 12-month position with both Administrative and Teaching responsibilities. The Asst/Assoc/Professor of the Practice portion serves a 3-year limited term, that may be renewed pending comprehensive evaluation. The director serves as the program director for the undergraduate program in Operations Management (OMGT) and any extensions of this new program that may be developed in the future within SPS. The program director will work closely with KUEC and SPS administration and faculty to provide strategic direction for this academic program. This position serves the educational needs of a Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) program, which is funded through a 1/8 of a cent sales tax within Johnson County. Specific percentages of effort for JCERT are determined each year.
Responsibilities include managing course development and design (including course transitioning and development of new online and hybrid courses), delivering classroom and online instruction, and providing academic support for these programs, related long-term curriculum development, student recruitment and admission, student retention, supervision of faculty, program budgets, program quality and assessment, community outreach, and alumni development. In addition, the program leader provides an important link to other programs at the campus with similar content knowledge.

Teaching – 55%
Teach five courses per calendar year in operations management at the KUEC or online. Teaching responsibilities include: curriculum development, instructional design, classroom management, grading and teaching improvement in relation to student and colleague feedback. Faculty are responsible for keeping curriculum up-to-date and engaging with external organizations to ensure relevance to a variety of workplace needs. In addition to the regular class teaching schedule, it is expected that transitioning courses to online, hybrid and different length formats as needed will be part of the position. Adhere to program, School, and University policies.

Program Leadership - 35%
- Program Coordination: Provides leadership for program administration
  • Course Scheduling: Coordinates the development of the course schedules with KUEC student needs in mind. Promotes best practice in course scheduling with student feedback. The program leader will collaborate with other program and unit leaders to support the development and integration of communication curriculum and student competency development into other academic and continuing education programs. Develops a two- or three-year course rotation plan.
  • Course Staffing: Develops plans for staffing of the courses to be taught with the appropriate mix of faculty (tenure-track, professor of the practice, teaching professor, lecturer).
  • Program Budgets: Works with the KUEC and SPS administration to develop and manage the budgets for OMGT program.
  • Program Records and Reports: In conjunction with the KUEC and SPS administration responsible for the management and maintenance of all program records, and preparation of reports in accordance with School and University procedures and policies.
  • The program director should be receptive to questions, complaints, grievances, and suggestions from the members of the program, both academic and staff personnel, and from students. The program director has the responsibility to take appropriate actions as required and in accordance with the policies and rules of the School and University.
- Program Supervision:
  • Develop mechanisms to receive constant feedback from the relevant constituencies, including the creation of an advisory board and participation in professional meetings to ensure the continued relevance of the curriculum to meet student and workforce needs.
  • Manages searches, appointments, compensations, evaluations, reviews, teaching assignments, professional development, promotions, merit raises, and dismissals.
  • Provides mentoring and leadership for faculty, particularly those seeking promotion.

- Curriculum Development/Management and Instructional Oversight:
  • Develop mechanisms to receive constant feedback from the relevant constituencies, including the creation of an advisory board and participation in professional meetings to ensure the continued relevance of the curriculum to meet student and workforce needs.
  • Identify program goals for students in appropriate language for marketing.
  • Work with faculty, staff, and the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning to transition/maintain courses for online delivery. Continuously monitor online course offerings to ensure content remains relevant and refreshed on a regular basis.
- Recruitment: Oversees student recruitment activities
  • Defines recruitment messages for the program and audiences; collaborates with campus marketing to maintain and regularly update web content, market program-specific events.
  • Determines enrollment goals in and tracks data in relation to these goals.
  • Participates in the development of recruitment plans.
  • Participates in recruitment and orientation activities coordinated by the recruiter/advisor and Edward Campus staff.
  • Identifies and participates in community engagement activities – partner with campus business development team and local community leaders to build program awareness in the community through presentations and panel participations with local professional associations, chambers of commerce, and specific business, government and non-profit organizations related to one’s academic program.
-Student Career-Related Advising: Defines professional career path advising and works with KU Career Center and KUEC staff to provide career services to student.
  • Provides mentoring for students on career and educational choices
  • Advises students on job hunting and professional networking
- Program Quality and Assessment: Ensures curriculum and teaching pedagogy meets workforce and student needs.
  • Collaborates with KUEC faculty governance and the Academic & Faculty Support Center to deliver KUEC based teaching improvement programs.
  • Ensures that teaching provides students both theory and practical exposure to the discipline, including guest speakers, service learning, internships, etc.
  • Oversees the development of initial program curriculum given market research and competitor analysis. Ensures continued relevance of the curriculum to meet student needs.
  • Develops mechanisms to receive consistent feedback from the relevant professional communities in the Kansas City metro area, including advisory board and participation in professional associations.
  • Oversees elective approvals
  • Conduct annual program reviews and develop/manage formal assessment mechanisms to ensure program coherence and full compliance with guidelines and policies of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), and industry accreditation authorities.
  • Manage accreditations of OMGT programs, as applicable.
Service - 10%
- Serves as a member of the KUEC Academic Program Leadership Team.
  • Contributes to the service mission of the university.
  • Participates regularly in the KUEC Academic Leadership Council
  • Performs community related service as it relates to recruitment and KUEC and program outreach efforts.
Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Conditions of Employment

Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

Contact Information to Applicants

John Bricklemyer

Limited Term End Date


Position Number


Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree in Operations Management, Business, Project Management, Engineering, Engineering Management, Business, Leadership, Management, Technology Management or its equivalent in a closely related field
  2. Demonstrated record of academic teaching excellence in Operations Management, or a closely related field
  3. Years of related experience in operations management required for each rank:
  • Assistant Professor of the Practice: 3-5 years
  • Associate Professor of the Practice 5-15 years
  • Professor of the Practice: 15+ years
  • Excellence in written communication skills as demonstrated in application materials
  • Minimum of three (3) years leadership experience as demonstrated in application materials

  • Employee Class


    Advertised Salary Range

    Commensurate with Experience



    Preferred Qualifications

    1. Doctorate Degree in Operations Management, Business, Project Management, Engineering, Engineering Management, Business, Leadership, Management, Technology Management, Higher Education Administration, or closely related field
    2. Minimum of five (5) years of escalating leadership roles and responsibilities
    3. Demonstrated experience in online teaching and course design in an academic environment
    4. Ability to use technology to enhance student learning

    Position Overview

    Program Overview:
    The Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management Program at the University of Kansas (KU) is a new program being developed in the School of Professional Studies, located on the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) in Overland Park, Kansas in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. KUEC has been a KU presence in Kansas City for 30 years, playing a crucial role in the Greater Kansas City professional community. The campus now offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate program with classes geared toward working professionals, available in the evening, online and in-person.

    The KU School of Professional Studies (SPS) was created in 2019 with a vision to transform students’ lives and improve communities through innovative, student-focused, and exemplary academic programs that lead to rewarding careers in an array of fields that serve the workforce needs of Kansas and beyond. The school offers a variety of disciplines, course formats, class schedules, student services, aid, and more to meet the needs of diverse students who may work full-time, have considerable commitments outside of the classroom, have prior college-level education or otherwise need a different approach to earning academic credentials. SPS continues to launch new degree programs aimed at supporting the needs of future students, and is poised for significant growth over the next five years.

    KUEC and SPS have a reputation for employing innovative teaching techniques and serving the unique needs of non-traditional students. KUEC and SPS faculty enjoy an interdisciplinary and collaborative atmosphere focused on supporting faculty in building rewarding careers while improving the success of students we teach. Employees typically enjoy a hybrid work environment, providing sufficient flexibility for a healthy work-life balance.

    KU will be offering a Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management starting in Fall 2023 to meet the growing employment demands of operations management, supply chain management, purchasing and related workforce needs in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the greater Kansas and Missouri region and nationally. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management is a degree completion program that prepares students to develop, improve and manage the processes used to produce and transport products, services and people. The program explores the technical and strategic aspects of producing goods and services while providing students with the foundational operations management skills necessary to become a successful business leader. Students will learn about implementation, innovation, planning and strategy to build a valuable knowledge base and practical skill set. In addition, students are able to partner the Operations Management degree with other School of Professional Studies programs or KU Edwards programs to gain additional expertise related to project management, information technology, or public administration. The program will prepare students to enter careers such as supply chain management, production management, purchasing, project management or other related fields.

    This program is offered through the School of Professional Studies and based at the KU Edwards Campus. The degree is designed for students who have already earned an Associate’s degree or equivalent hours and are looking to complete the last two years necessary for a bachelor’s degree. The program can be completed fully online, or hybrid, based on students’ location and preference. This program fits well with other transfer degrees within the School of Professional Studies. It will leverage the current transfer community infrastructure to help recruit students from area community colleges.

    Details regarding KU benefits can be found here: Benefits



    Application Review Begins


    Anticipated Start Date


    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete online application will include:
    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Names and contact information for three professional references
    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
    • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Anticipated start date is July 1, 2023. Application review begins Wednesday, May 31, 2023 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

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