Chair of the Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education | Bagwell College of Education

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University seeks a highly accomplished scholar and strategic leader to serve as a tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education in the Bagwell College of Education beginning July 1, 2024. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position.

The EECE Department is the home of nationally recognized scholars and is a leader in innovative research regarding Birth through Fifth-grade educator preparation. Our nationally recognized in person and virtual undergraduate and graduate education programs have approximately 1,000 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, with over 60 full-time and part-time faculty members. We seek applicants who will contribute to the robust and vibrant atmosphere in the department.

As a key member of the College’s administrative leadership team, responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultivate excellence of the Department’s academic programs and provide visionary leadership in developing innovative research, educational initiatives, and accreditation.
  • Lead, manage, and advocate for a growing department comprised of a dedicated faculty and staff promoting student success, with respect to the mission and expectations of the department, college and university.
  • Support, sustain, and expand the scholarly excellence of the department, and endeavor to be the leading program in the country.
  • Collaborate with the EECE faculty and partners, to design, execute, and align the department’s strategic plan to that of the college and campus strategic plans.
  • Demonstrate effective and innovative leadership practices, including a commitment to shared governance.
  • Evaluate faculty and staff performance according to departmental and university guidelines.
  • Oversee the fiscal management of department resources.

Teaching assignments will be based on earned degrees and SACSCOC Faculty Credentials Guidelines.

Required Qualifications Include

  • An earned doctoral degree, or the foreign equivalent, in Elementary or Early Childhood Education or closely related field with an academic background and appropriate credentials to be a tenured Professor in the Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education in the Bagwell College of Education at KSU is required.
  • Demonstrated record of effective teaching, supervision, and mentoring; research and creative activity; and professional service.
  • Evidence of building and sustaining a positive and supportive workplace culture and climate.
  • Leadership experience in higher education, including evidence of organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Experience as a Birth – 12th grade educator.

Preferred Qualifications Include

  • Prior experience as a department chair or equivalent leadership, including strategic planning, managing budgets, and supervising personnel.
  • Record of advocating for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Expertise in building and maintaining collaborative relationships and in sustaining effective communities of practice.
  • Experience with shared governance.
  • Experience with undergraduate and graduate program development and recruitment.
  • Experience with multiple modes of instructional delivery.
  • Experience acquiring external funding and supporting research initiatives.
  • Evidence of understanding the complexities of P-12 education and teacher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain partnerships with Birth – 12th grade schools.
  • Experience in using evidence-based research and best practices to design innovative solutions for enduring challenges in teacher preparation.
  • Record of involvement in professional organizations at the state, regional, and national/international levels.
  • Experience with program assessment and accreditation.

For a full description of this position, application deadlines, and application procedures, visit Search for Job ID 266791.

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State is located just north of Atlanta, and combines a suburban setting on two metro-Atlanta campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta. As one of Georgia’s largest universities, Kennesaw State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment for living, work and study. To that end, and in accordance with federal and state law, Board of Regents policy, and University policy, the University prohibits harassment of or discrimination against any person because of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, and medical conditions related to pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran or military status by any member of the KSU Community on campus, in connection with a University program or activity, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the KSU community.

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