Department Chair of English

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Apr 21, 2017
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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of English, located in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Fayetteville State University, offers two undergraduate degrees and three graduate certificate programs, including a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature with a Teaching/Licensure concentration, a graduate certificate in Professional Writing, Teaching of Writing and English as a Second Language. The department incorporates high-impact practices, such as service learning, internships in marketing and publishing, and a senior culminating experience. Building on the legacy of Charles W. Chesnutt, the first great African American novelist and former FSU leader, the program exposes students to diverse literatures along with cutting-edge trends such as digital humanities, preparing English majors for careers in education, law, business, communications, and the non-profit sector while contributing to liberal arts enrichment within the wider communities of Cumberland County, the state of North Carolina and beyond.

The Department Chair serves as the chief representative of the department, the leader of the department in its internal affairs, and the liaison between the departmental faculty and the university administration. The Chair is the administrative and instructional leader of the department. The duties of the Chair involves collaboration and interaction with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators.


The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and he/she is a member of the CAS leadership team. The duties of the Chair are instructional and administrative. The specific duties and responsibilities of the Chair include:
1. Provide visionary leadership and strategic vision to advance the Department.
2. Recruit, supervise, mentor, and evaluate faculty.
3. Recruit students and promote the growth of both the undergraduate and graduate certificate programs.
4. Manage department budget and resources.
5. Continue to develop a large, successful, and diverse faculty and staff and foster a collaborative and collegial work environment.
6. Guide curriculum development.
7. Provide leadership to complete the annual assessment of program and student learning outcomes.