About This Role:
Appointment Type: 12-month, full-time tenure track appointment beginning with the 2019-20 academic year
Beginning Date: Negotiable
Location: Kansas State University, Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education, Manhattan, KS 66506
Teaching Sites: Main campus and other off-campus locations
Kansas State University’s College of Education invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. The Chair serves as the chief spokesperson and advocate for the Department both within and outside the University and ensures that the Department serves as a vital resource to relevant constituencies in the state and region. This position offers an opportunity for providing dynamic leadership, encouraging creativity and innovation, and supporting colleagues in furthering the work of the Department in a Research I university.
We seek a candidate who is a dynamic leader who will continue the Department’s reputation of working collaboratively with key stakeholders and advancing the Department. This person should be dedicated to quality teaching and scholarly endeavors, and concerned for the professional development and dignity of faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will develop, lead, and support both on-campus and off-campus programs, including on-ground and distance-learning formats, and will be expected to provide key leadership in creating new programming and establishing new partnerships with school districts and select agencies across the Department’s expertise. The candidate will demonstrate well developed communication and interpersonal, organizational, and management skills.
The vision of the College of Education at Kansas State University is Preparing educators to be knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for a diverse and changing world. This position, along with all positions in the College of Education, is directly responsible for advancing this vision and that of the Department of Educational Leadership.
The Department of Educational Leadership is one of three departments in the College of Education. The Department provides graduate-level programs in Educational Leadership and in Adult Learning and Leadership. The successful candidate for this position will be a member of the faculty in the Department and will support the MS, EdD, and PhD degree programs in educational leadership and adult learning and professional license programs in educational leadership.
The majority of academic programs in the Department are off campus and reflect a practitioner focus. Master’s programs in educational leadership are typically partnerships with public school districts and other selected educational entities throughout Kansas and the region, delivering an intensive field-based masters-level leadership academy model for preparing administrative and teacher leaders for P-12 and extended settings. Master’s degree programs in adult learning and leadership are typically delivered through on-ground programs at Fort Leavenworth and at the K-State Olathe campus, along with a growing online master’s degree initiative. The Faculty also conducts campus-based, doctoral-level programming and field-based collaborative doctoral cohorts at various locations, and the adult education program operates a distance learning doctoral initiative.
Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant university renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 22,200 students. The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve. Manhattan is a community that provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation. Surrounded by the beautiful Flint Hills and future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), Manhattan is located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City.
For information about the Department of Educational Leadership, see coe.ksu.edu/edlea.
Description of Responsibilities:
- Provide vision and strategic planning leadership for the Department in order to advance its goals in concert and alignment with the College and its vision, mission, and goals.
- Grow the Department’s enrollments in its various programs.
- Raise the external scholarly reputation of the Department in line with rigorous, data-based, high-quality scholarship.
- Ensure that faculty members are appropriately mentored in their teaching, research, and service responsibilities to enhance their prospects for career success.
- Expand the Department’s participation, and ultimately its success, in seeking grants and contracts.
- Manage the operations of the Department (e.g., budgeting, scheduling courses, preparing and filing reports).
- Build strong relationships with all constituencies relating to the Department’s mission and programs.
- Act as the Department’s communications liaison in an effective, transparent, and timely manner to and from the Dean’s office, and other departments and units.
- Function as the chief Department representative and spokesperson in all forums.
- Collaborate with and assist the Dean in all relevant initiatives.
- Promote and support excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
- Maintain a record of scholarly accomplishment, including publication in leading journals.
- Teach graduate courses and advise and mentor master’s and doctoral students.
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
- Earned doctorate in educational leadership, adult education, or related field from a regionally accredited university.
- Established record of successful leadership experience in higher education or school district.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams in various contexts.
- Record of teaching and advising, research and creative endeavors, and service commensurate with the rank of associate professor and with the ability to be promoted to professor in a timely manner.
- Effective communication, public relations skills, and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
- Successful experience in planning and developing programs, including innovative programs, with various partners.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including experience recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students.
- Effective management skills related to planning, budgeting, and administration.
- Ability to resolve challenges at the interpersonal, group, and cross-organizational level.
- Ability to engage faculty, staff, and students in professional development.
- Record of teaching and advising, research and creative endeavors, and service commensurate with the rank of professor.
- Established record of successful academic leadership experience in higher education or school district.
- Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment