Department Chair of Educational Leadership

Azusa, USA, California
Apr 04, 2017
Azusa Pacific
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Department Chair and Doctoral Studies Program Director and Faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership
Position Tracking Number: F181
School/College: School of Education
Department: Educational Leadership
Location: Azusa, CA

Description: Azusa Pacific University's School of Education invites applications for the Department Chair and Doctoral Studies Program Director in the Department of Educational Leadership at the associate or full professor level. We seek applicants who have a demonstrated, vibrant Christian faith compatible with the mission of Azusa Pacific University. The department embraces faith integration and encourages students to examine the role their worldview and cultural understanding have in informing their practice in the K-12 classroom.

As chair, this position oversees the EdD in Educational Leadership and the Masters/Credential programs in Educational Leadership. The combined chair and program director roles are slightly more than half of the fulltime position with the remaining duties fulfilled as a faculty member in the EdD program with expertise in school leadership.

The EdD program prepares promising K-12 educators with the theoretical and practical understanding to lead amidst the changing environment of the nation's K-12 schools. The program has recently undergone significant curriculum and design changes and implemented a new 3-year dissertation embedded cohort program in 2015.

We are seeking a creative and collaborative colleague with prior doctoral dissertation committee chair and teaching experience to join us in the third year of our new program launch. With department chair duties, the successful candidate will evidence prior academic administrative experience, including responsibility for faculty supervision, budget oversight, and program marketing. The EdD Program in Educational Leadership is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, which is transitioning to CAEP) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Teaching and Research Specialization: K-12 School Leadership
Teaching may include courses on organizational theory and change, diversity and equity, educational policy, strategic planning, legal issues and crisis management, and/or leadership ethics.

Level: Rank commensurate with qualifications


  • Faculty experience teaching at the graduate level required, with blended format experience (online and face-to-face) preferred.
  • Experience on doctoral dissertation committees required.
  • University academic administrative experience (overseeing faculty and staff, budgets, academic policy implementation, etc.) at program director or chair level required.
  • Significant K-12 experience, preferably including leadership at the district level.
  • Demonstration of collegial teamwork and desire to collaborate with colleagues to meet program and department needs.

Workload: Fulltime faculty contract. The typical workload includes department chair and program director duties, as well as teaching, scholarly activity, service, and School and/or University committee assignments.
Hire Date: Spring or Summer 2017
Additional Information:

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To review the complete description and to apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

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