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CHAIR/DIRECTOR - Human Services & Educational Leadership

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas
Commensurate with Experience
Date posted
Nov 7, 2023


This is a full-time, twelve-month faculty position responsible for serving as the chief executive of an academic department or academic school (referred to as academic unit or unit) while exemplifying those faculty qualities most valued by the academic community: teaching excellence; scholarly and creative activities; and a commitment to university and community service. Responsible for setting the tone of the unit through daily interactions with colleagues and departmental staff; and making and implementing decisions in the context of collegiality and regular communication. The chair/director is an administrator, the quality of whose performance has fundamental impact on the success of the institution in attaining its specific goals. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the dean.


  1. Establishes and maintains a climate conducive to the pursuit of knowledge.
  2. Provides leadership in the establishment of a visionary direction and the maintenance of standards for the academic unit, consistent with college and university missions.
  3. Serves as the principal advocate for the unit and as an advocate for the college and university missions.
  4. Ensures quality through evaluation, modification, and development of academic programs.
  5. Responds to the needs of students, faculty, administration, the public, and others.
  6. Develops and manages course schedules for each semester/parts of term.
  7. Assigns and manages faculty workload.
  8. Manages and allocates fiscal and physical resources of the unit.
  9. Establishes, maintains, and communicates effective personnel management procedures and processes.
  10. Promotes the academic unit externally.


Performs other related duties as assigned.


The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  1. Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, university policies and procedures.
  2. Ability to receive a tenured appointment in one of the disciplines within the department or school.
  3. Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with university faculty and staff, students, and the general public.
  4. Ability to work collaboratively and build strategic relations with colleagues, coworkers, and constituents.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  6. Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.
  7. Ability to develop objectives, evaluate effectiveness, and assess needs.
  8. Ability to manage a budget and work within the constraints of that budget.
  9. Ability to develop, interpret, and evaluate policies and procedures.
  10. Ability to supervise and train others.


Terminal degree in the field of the academic department or academic school, allowing the individual to teach within the department, is required.  Sufficient experience to warrant a tenured appointment in one of the disciplines within the department or school is required. Strong record of research and other scholarly achievements is required.  Experience in academic administration is preferred.


The Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership is located within the Perkins College of Education. The primary purpose of the department is to prepare allied healthcare professionals and educational leaders for public schools/state agencies by way of state-of-the­ art facilities, innovative teaching, research, and programming. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs within the department are delivered as traditional-residential, as distance­ hybrid, or as distance-fully online. Additionally, programs within the department are recognized and/or accredited by their respective professional associations including but not limited to:


  • National Association of School Psychologists;
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology;
  • American Psychological Association;
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; and
  • Texas Education Agency/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

The successful candidate will:

  • Utilize a flexible and adaptive management style to positively facilitate and advance the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership’s strong reputation.
  • Understand the unique needs of and support all programs in the department: Undergraduate—Communication Sciences & Disorders and Rehabilitation Services; Graduate—Speech-Language Pathology, School Psychology, Professional Counseling, Educational Leadership, Student Affairs & Higher Education; Doctoral—Educational Leadership and School Psychology.
  • Apply experience with varied program/course delivery approaches, including but not limited to traditional face-to-face, distance-hybrid, and distance-online.
  • Provide leadership for a diverse department that includes creating a collegial environment supportive of faculty and staff and meeting departmental, college, and university goals.
  • Create a productive work environment by establishing healthy lines of communication that include an open-door policy and frequent conversations and interactions with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Make informed decisions by listening to and understanding what is important to stakeholders.
  • Collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Advocate for departmental needs to administration as well as interpret administrative policies to faculty and students.
  • Support and advance the department’s commitment to strong external partnerships by positively representing the department with community, state, regional, and national agencies/organizations.
  • Demonstrate experience with assessment leading to accreditation.
  • Foster and support faculty members to achieve and maintain qualities most valued by the academic community: teaching excellence, significant scholarly and creative activities, acquisition of external funding, and a commitment to university and professional community service.

Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive regional university located in Nacogdoches, Texas that recently became a member of The University of Texas System. Enrolling approximately 11,000 students, SFA offers more than 75 undergraduate majors and 110 areas of study within six academic colleges-business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, sciences and mathematics, and liberal and applied arts. The university offers degree programs both online and on its beautifully wooded campus nestled in the heart of Texas Forest Country. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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