Assistant/Associate Professor - Program Coordinator, Master of Executive Leadership Studies

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Feb 21, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About the Position Gardner-Webb University School of Education seeks applications and nominations for an experienced leader to serve as an Associate/Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Executive Leadership Studies (MELS) and other K-12 principal preparation programs. Currently the program serves 300+ candidates in graduate programs leading to the Master’s Degree and/or licensure in school administration at the school building level. Courses are delivered in face-to-face, blended and online formats. About the School of Education The School of Education, comprised of sixteen academically well-credentialed and experienced educators and 35+ adjunct instructors, offers multiple degrees to over 800 students at the bachelor’s and master’s and doctoral levels. Bachelor’s degrees lead to teacher licensure at the elementary, middle and secondary levels as well as in multiple subject areas. Additional programs currently being implemented include Birth – Kindergarten, a minor in Exceptional Children and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Masters Degrees include concentrations in Instructional Technology, Teacher Leadership and Educational Leadership. Educational Specialists Degrees lead to licensure at the superintendent level. Doctor of Education Degrees are offered with concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Organizational Leadership. Multiple sites across North Carolina are used for delivery of cohort designed graduate courses. The school embraces a liberal arts general education for its undergraduate programs and values the integration of theory and practical experience at every level of professional education. The School also engages the Christian mission of the University through a vision of service to community and the world in the context of Christian ethics.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Coordinator for MELS reports to the Dean of the School of Education and works collaboratively with other coordinators and faculty. The Coordinator of the MELS Program will exercise leadership by:

  • Managing a highly qualified MELS faculty and encouraging faculty development
  • Coordinating a system of clinical experiences, evidence creation and artifact evaluations that meet state requirements for licensing program completers at the principal level
  • Guiding the program faculty in curriculum development
  • Recruiting, recommending, assigning, and supervising a large cadre of adjunct instructors
  • Engaging in assessment and accreditation efforts to ensure the school is appropriately credentialed
  • Evaluating program adjunct faculty
  • Directing on-going professional development for program faculty
  • Communicating effectively with faculty to ensure program objectives are accomplished
  • Coordinating program deployment and improvement with department leadership
  • Assisting with candidate recruitment
  • Supervising the MELS programs to ensure quality of student outcomes
  • Advancing the School’s network of external relationships in the region Other duties include:
  • Teaching in graduate and/or under graduate programs within the School as assigned
  • Evaluating student portfolios
  • Service as a clinical supervisor
  • Serving on and chairing doctoral dissertation committees
  • Serving on University assigned committees and councils


The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Proven leadership skills in higher education and/or K-12 schools
  • Experience as a K-12 Principal
  • Outstanding communication abilities
  • Experience in higher education, including teaching
  • An appropriate record of scholarship
  • Support for online education and the rapidly evolving world of new educational technologies


Basic expectations include:

  • Graduate degree in a relevant field, doctorate preferred
  • Personal commitment to the Christian faith
  • Collegiality, integrity, good will and a sense of humor
  • Commitment to student learning, particularly leadership preparation


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send a letter of interest, current vita, official college transcripts, and contact information for three references to: Bruce W. Boyles, Ed.D, Interim Gardner-Webb University School of Education P.O. Box 7303 Boiling Springs, NC 28017 Electronic submissions should be sent to [email protected] The School of Education continues to be nationally accredited in good standing with NCATE, which merged with TEAC to become the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP) in 2013. Gardner-Webb looks forward to maintaining our national accreditation status following our first CAEP accreditation review, scheduled for April 2019. Gardner-Webb University is a coeducational, residential, private institution with a strong emphasis in the Liberal Arts, located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina (50 miles southwest of Charlotte) offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 4,000 students. Founded by North Carolina Baptists in 1905, Gardner-Webb University employs individuals who participate in and wholeheartedly support Christian values.