Winthrop University is seeking a Department Chair, Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies

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Chair, Department of Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies

The College of Education at Winthrop University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies (full-time, 10.5-month tenure-track appointment). The desired candidate is an innovative, visionary leader for a department that serves approximately 300 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students. The undergraduate programs housed in the department include Human Development and Family Studies, Middle Level Education, and Special Education. At the graduate level the department houses Counseling and Development, Educational Leadership, Learning Design and Technology, and Special Education Intervention.

The Richard W. Riley College of Education enjoys a strong reputation in the preparation and advancement of quality educators for South Carolina and across the country. As an NCATE-accredited institution and a member of the National Network for Educational Renewal, Winthrop University maintains close working relationships with area schools as well as a number of state and community agencies. The university enjoys close proximity to Charlotte, NC, high quality local schools, and an affordable cost of living. The college is committed to building a diverse educational environment. Individuals from under-represented groups or with experience working with under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Major Responsibilities:
• Provide effective academic leadership and developmental coaching to faculty and students in the department.
• Recruit and evaluate faculty and staff.
• Invest in and support faculty and staff professional growth.
• Manage departmental activities and programs while promoting innovation.
• Coordinate assessment and accreditation efforts of all programs areas.
• Supervise fiscal and physical operations of the department.
• Facilitate student recruitment, retention, and advising programs for majors.
• Oversee the continuing review of curricula to ensure relevance, rigor, and compliance with current accreditation requirements.
• Teach in the area of expertise as appropriate.
• Be a productive faculty member in all areas of university expectations – student intellectual development, scholarly activity, professional stewardship, and academic responsibility.
• Serve as an advocate for the department and its programs at the college and university levels.
• Foster cooperative efforts with other departments and programs in the college and university.
• Promote collaboration among faculty and with P-12 school and agency partners.
• Serve as a team member on the College Dean’s Council.

About Winthrop University
Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 18 Division I men’s and women’s sports.

Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Required Qualifications:
• Doctorate in a field closely related to one of the department’s programs or core areas.
• Evidence of successful teaching, scholarship, and service consistent with the rank of associate or full professor.
• Evidence of strong leadership skills and experience consistent with the expectations of a department chair (experience as college department chair preferred).
• Knowledge of and experience with curriculum development, assessment, and accreditation processes.
• A minimum of three years successful work experience in a discipline represented by the department.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students and colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds.
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at the departmental, college, university, public school, and agency levels.
• Commitment to distributive leadership with departmental faculty and staff.
• Proven success working in a team-oriented environment.

Employment Conditions: A full-time, 10.5-month tenure-track position

Application Procedures:
Application review will begin on March 1, 2019
• Letter of application including statements of the candidate’s interest in the position, qualifications, and administrative philosophy;
• Current curriculum vita;
• Names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least five professional references;
• Transcript copies for all graduate degrees (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for consideration. If chosen as a finalist, original transcript(s) of highest degree earned will be required.)
• Additional materials may be requested during the review process that document the candidate’s success in the areas of administrative or leadership experience, teaching, and/or scholarship.

Position Availability: August 1, 2019

Application Review: Application review begins March 1, 2019, and may continue until the position is filled. Materials received after the deadline may be considered if an acceptable candidate has not been selected.

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Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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