The Advanced Studies and Innovation department is a unique
combination of programs serving primarily graduate students. The
programs in the department offer a Master of Education (MEd) degree
in Counselor Education (School and Clinical Mental Health
Counseling), and Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Advanced
Educational Studies, a Doctorate of Education in Educational
Innovation (EdD), and undergraduate foundations courses that serve
the entire College of Education. The graduate programs in this
department are some of the fastest growing at the university. These
vibrant innovative programs are meeting the needs of 21st century
educators and counselors throughout the state of Georgia.
The department prides itself on excellence in teaching, close
interaction with students through advising, mentoring of graduate
researchers, cross-disciplinary interaction with faculty from other
departments, and peer support/collaboration. The faculty engage in
a variety of research projects ranging from the National Writing
Project, best practices for counselor education, to examining ways
to meet the needs of marginalized students.
College of Education
The College of Education (COE) has four academic areas: the
Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation, the Department of
Teaching and Leading, the Department of Kinesiology, and the
Literacy Center. There are 1054 undergraduate and graduate students
enrolled in 10 different undergraduate programs and 10 different
graduate programs across the three departments. The College has
strong partnerships with the local community which allows for
optimal learning experiences in a variety of educational settings.
Our COE believes that teachers, counselors, and leaders should be
at the center of all efforts to improve, rethink, and redesign
instructional preparation. Practitioner voice influences our work
and engages us in creating a curriculum where candidates are more
prepared to work in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and
beyond. A coherent program of mentoring and instruction by school
and university faculty is essential for the COE to be a powerful
influence in the experience of prospective teachers, counselors,
and leaders. There is a commitment to increasing inclusive
excellence, promoting equality, and cultivating a welcoming
environment for all students, faculty, and staff. The College of
Education's aim is to engage in and disseminate research, prepare
exemplary professionals, and collaborate with other schools on
Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Education, the
Chair will be a dynamic and accomplished leader who will offer
outstanding governance in departmental administrative, financial,
and programmatic components while defining an innovative vision for
the continued growth of the educational, research, and service
missions of the department.
Dean, College of Education
Campus Researchers and University Leaders
Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Foundations, and
Research Faculty and Staff Members
College of Education Deans and Department Chairs
Anticipated Start: July 1,
Oversees all departmental activities, consults with faculty in
outlining and promoting internal departmental policies; ensures
compliance with departmental, college, university and Board of
Regents (BOR) policies.
Assumes responsibility for the quality of the instruction,
research, and service programs conducted in the department and
presents an annual report to the Dean of the College outlining both
targeted and accomplished teaching, research, and service
activities of the department.
Provides mentoring and support to promote career advancement of
department faculty, conducts annual assessments of progress toward
identified goals, and assists in identifying resources to foster
continued growth and development.
Serves as a liaison to other officers of the university and
represents the department in all official communications with
senior leaders and students.
Oversees the assignment of teaching and other duties within the
department and maintains an equitable and mutually agreeable
distribution of assignments.
In accordance with University and Board of Regents policies,
participates in the recommendation of appointment and
reappointment, promotion and tenure, and dismissal or non-renewal
of members of the faculty.
Administers the annual budget in consultation with the
administrative team and business office staff. Upon approval,
reviews the budget with departmental faculty.
Initiates and maintains standards which ensure the appropriate
expenditure of departmental funds and appropriate care and use of
Collaborates with other members of the COE Administrative team
in leadership and management of College operations, strategic
assessment, planning and resource allocation, design and execution
of faculty support systems, and implementation of continuous
quality improvement processes.
Promotes the development of interdisciplinary programs of
research and actively recruits new faculty in nascent or
under-represented areas of research demonstrating a commitment to
equity, diversity, and inclusion.
An earned doctorate in Research Methodology, Counselor of
Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Foundations, or
Demonstrated an ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate
with the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure.
Leadership ability developed through prior experiences.
Experience with doctoral programs and advising doctoral
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The ideal candidate will have these attributes:
Experience with doctoral programs and advising doctoral
Experience in program and curricular development, budget and
personnel management, student recruitment and retention, grant
writing, and assessment.
Demonstrated record of respect for and interest in working with
people from all backgrounds.
A proven leader of people who is able to recruit, develop, and
mentor a top-notch team capable of supporting future growth.
Proven track record as a problem solver and the ability to
implement innovative solutions to contemporary challenges.
Outstanding communication skills which include written, oral,
listening, and public speaking ability.
Ability to forge and reinforce effective relationships with
Experience in working with an executive leadership team and
board in effective and efficient legal strategy and management.
Strong teaching record.
Comprehensive and broad understanding of current trends in
Successful experience with the supervision of staff in a complex
organization and the management of a multifaceted program.
Creative, a problem solver, passionate, ethical, a risk-taker,
an advocate, and an innovator.
The Department Chair should be a strategic thinker - a visionary
leader who thrives in a challenging environment and is clearly
aligned with the Augusta University values of:
Collegiality - reflected in collaboration, partnership, sense of
community, and teamwork.
Compassion - reflected in caring, empathy, and social
Excellence - reflected in distinction, effectiveness,
efficiency, enthusiasm, passion, and quality.
Inclusivity - reflected in diversity, equality, fairness,
impartiality, and respect.
Integrity - reflected in accountability, ethical behavior,
honesty, and reliability.
Leadership - reflected in courage, honor, professionalism,
transparency, and vision.
Knowledge of and understanding of the Carnegie Project on the
Education Doctorate (CPED) framework.
Conditions for Employment
All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background
Check review. For specific positions, the final candidate may be
subject to a (pre-employment) physical, drug screen, and/or credit
The final candidate will be required to provide proof of
completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework
in the form of original transcript(s). Those candidates trained by
a foreign institution will also be required to provide an
The Application Process
Applicants should apply here http://www.augusta.edu/hr/jobs/enterprise/,
and submit a letter of interest, a comprehensive
curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. Confidential
review of materials will begin September 13, 2021 and continue
until the appointment is made. Questions may be directed
Augusta University is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer. Minority and women candidates are especially
encouraged to apply.