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Department Chair of Science

Employer
Baton Rouge Community College
Location
Louisiana, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 1, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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The department chair of the Science Department at Baton Rouge Community College is a member of the faculty who provides academic and administrative leadership.  The department chair also provides vision to the Science Department, which consists of a defined cluster of academic disciplines (Biology, or Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Geology, Horticulture, Physical Science, Physics or Natural Resources Conservation) and academic programs and serves as direct supervisor to the faculty and staff within those disciplines. The department chair also oversees the management of and provides budget oversight to all science laboratories.  The department chair works directly for an academic dean in the administration of the functions and duties listed below. The department chair teaches one course per fall and spring semesters.

30%  Personnel management
 
Scheduling

  • Assign faculty to classes as necessary
  • Build/revise semester schedules

Evaluation

  • Conduct classroom evaluations
  • Oversee faculty goal setting
  • Conduct annual reviews
  • Oversee adherence to policies

Hiring/Promotion/Termination

  • Interview and recommend full-time faculty and staff         
  • Interview and hire adjunct faculty
  • Collaborate with the dean when making faculty recommendations for promotion
  • Provide input to the dean related to faculty and/or staff terminations

Budget

  • Initiate requests for new positions as necessary

Leave

  • Approve faculty and relevant staff sick, annual, and/or personal leave
  • Approve faculty and relevant staff timesheets
  • Mentoring
  • Mentor or coordinate mentorship of faculty
  • Complaints/concerns
  • Resolve faculty issues/complaints /concerns 

30% Student issues 
Pre-reqs

  • Assist students with pre-requisite issues

Overrides

  • Sign overrides for full classes or for students who have already met requirements (see pre-reqs above)

Grades/attendance 

  • Conduct final grade appeals for courses within department disciplines
  • Review and sign grade changes and incomplete grade forms
  • Review and sign attendance reinstatement forms
  • Ensure maintenance of relevant records/paperwork

Course substitutions

  • Assist Enrollment Services with transcript evaluation/course substitutions 
  • Oversee credit for Prior Learning Assessment within the department disciplines

Complaints/concerns

  • Resolve issues/complaints/concerns

30% Administrative responsibilities
Advising

  • Advise students as necessary

Graduation audits

  • Assist with final graduation audits

Equipment management

  • Maintain, check out, acquire, inventory equipment

Program reviews

  • Conduct or coordinate program reviews

Course/program development

  • Assist faculty with course/program development and related issues
  • Communicate with appropriate departments at regional colleges/universities to facilitate curriculum transfer and articulation

Budget/unit plans

  • Coordinate unit plans for the department with faculty
  • Develop/present/defend departmental budget
  • Complete annual review of department

Assessment

  • Oversee assessment for disciplines within department

Master syllabi

  • Maintain/revise/review master course syllabi

Committee work

  • Serve on committees appropriate to the position (Academic Council, for example)

Textbooks

  • Ensure that textbook adoptions are completed

5% Teaching

  • Use learning resources to help students learn
  • Provide each student with a course syllabus and schedule
  • Meet scheduled class within the appropriate timeframe
  • Access student learning in accordance with college policy
  • Follow the approved master course syllabi
  • Maintain accurate grade and attendance records
  • Submit syllabi, grades, attendance, electronic time sheets, and other reports by established deadlines
  • Provide learning experiences in accordance with students’ needs and abilities

5% Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Education:

  • Master's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Horticulture, Physical Science, Physics, Natural Resources or other related discipline. 

Required Experience

  • 3 years of progressive administrative and supervisor experience at the collegiate level
  • 5 years of teaching experience at the higher education level

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Education:

  • PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Horticulture, Physical Science, Physics, Natural Resources or other related discipline


Preferred Experience:

  • 5 years of teaching experience at the higher education level 
  • 5 years of progressive administrative and supervisor experience at the collegiate level
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