Chair and Full Professor, Department of Education
The Department of Education in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair at the rank of full professor. We seek applicants who wish to provide collaborative leadership to our socially progressive department and vibrant intellectual community. Knowledgeable and caring faculty, hands-on experience, cutting-edge research, and student-centered, collaborative learning are central tenants of our undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education (early childhood through secondary), curriculum and instruction, and special education. Postgraduate degrees at the masters level are offered in Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Special Education, Middle-Level Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. There are approximately 500 undergraduates majoring in the Department’s baccalaureate programs and 75 graduate students enrolled at the masters level. Faculty from the Department are instrumental in the College’s Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
The Chair is the administrator responsible for leading, managing and coordinating the work of the Department. As such the chairperson works closely with the CESS Dean, the director of Teacher Education, the various program coordinators in the Department, the Department Business Manager, and the faculty, students, and alumni. The Department’s academic staff consists of 23 tenure-line faculty and12 lecturers, most of whom are covered by the full-time or part-time collective bargaining agreement between the university and United Academics. There are three administrative staff within the department. The chair also works collaboratively with other chairs within CESS (the Department of Social Work and the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences); with the directors of the Center for Disability and Community Inclusion, Campus Children’s School and the Tarrant Institute; and chairs and directors in allied programs across the UVM campus.
Specific Responsibilities: The Chair is responsible to the Dean for the effective management and coordination of the work of the department. This includes specific responsibilities defined by university policy. These responsibilities include making faculty assignments, recommending faculty appointments and reappointments, supporting tenure-line faculty in the promotion and tenure process, supporting professional development of all faculty, mentoring and conducting annual performance reviews of faculty, attending to courses of instruction, budget preparation and administration, and assessing the effectiveness of departmental instruction and advising. As a tenured member of the DOE faculty, the Chair is expected to model scholarly engagement through published scholarship and leadership in mainline professional associations.
In adherence with Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation policies and standards, the Chair, directors, program and field education coordinators, and the faculty work collaboratively to design department administrative and leadership processes, develop curriculum, assess program effectiveness, and formulate and implement policies that support the educational mission of the Department. The chairperson also represents the department in the larger education community and its national organizations (AERA, HECSE, CAEP, AOE, etc.).
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
In collaboration with the Dean, the DOE’s new chair will further strengthen the Department and the College in an era of remarkable change and challenge in education. Our College-wide vision and Strategic Plan serve as important guides for the work ahead. The next Department Chair should be committed to the College’s five core principles of our work being 1) student-centered, 2) family-focused, 3) community-based, 4) culturally competent, and 5) collaboratively developed. Substantive areas of College-wide emphasis and growth potential include disability and transition, place-based/experiential education, technology and education, and educational policy and analysis. The next Chair will assume leadership of a strong Department with a successful CAEP accreditation in 2017. Major areas of the Chair’s leadership responsibilities include the following:
Realizing Growth and Coherence in Graduate Programs
This requires possessing (or gaining) an understanding of the current needs of Vermont educators and the license provided by Vermont’s nationally progressive stance toward education. What new opportunities does Vermont’s education policy and legislation present, particularly in terms of education reform? What pressures and tensions are being presented in our schools? What new teacher endorsements have arisen in the past five years? How might we better position the DOE to leverage any or all of these to draw more students to opportunities for the high-quality advanced training offered through the Department? What is the role of summer institutes in meeting teacher needs? And how might the DOE use existing Accelerated Master Programs, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and 5th-year programs to boost program enrollment further?
Furthering Innovation in our Educator Preparation Programs
Through our recent national accreditation, we revealed important questions that shape our future. How can we as teacher educators define and model effective practice? What does it mean to prepare future-ready educators for contemporary schools, in Vermont and beyond? This requires the capacity to bring people together around a set of problem areas that the department is uniquely positioned to solve. And it requires identifying and acting on opportunities to promote curricular and programmatic changes that support the realization of the objectives specified in the CESS Strategic Plan.
Supporting and mentoring faculty
The Department has a rich composition of faculty positions that bring its programming to life. An understanding of the value of the powerful intellectual roles played by lecturers and tenure-line faculty alike is imperative. The Chair must be committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and supporting faculty all along their varied career trajectories. This includes support for tenure and promotion for tenure-line faculty, and professional development and continued intellectual support for those not on the tenure line. In short, cultivating a departmental culture of ongoing professional and intellectual development at all ranks is imperative.
Creating a data-informed department (and program) culture
The new chair will need to foster a culture in the DOE—and particularly within programs—that actively uses data for ongoing program improvement geared at student success and program impact. This will require collaborating effectively with the Director of Assessment, Data and Accreditation, as well as helping faculty and program coordinators understand which data are available and how they can be used to maximize student and program outcomes. The chair must be committed to working with the Dean and other chairs to create a transparent, data-based culture across the college.
Continuing to strengthen the Department’s student-centered mission
We will continue to create efficient pathways through our programs to enable undergraduate students to complete their work in four-years and to ensure that graduate students complete rigorous programs of study within specified time frames. Our first principle is being student-centered in all of our work, and our academic programs and advising processes should model this. With students’ mental and physical health issues continuing to escalate, the new chair will need to collaborate effectively with the CESS Office of Student Services as well as other student support entities on campus.
Candidates must be eligible for successful consideration for appointment at the rank of full professor within the College of Education and Social Services. An earned doctorate in education or a closely related discipline is required. At least two years of relevant, successful administrative/leadership experience such as program coordinator, department chair, or director is required. Candidates must demonstrate an active record of scholarship and currency in a subfield of education, and the ability to balance excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service with strong collegial, communication, and collaborative leadership skills.
Review of applications will begin on September 21, 2018.
The University of Vermont and the Department of Education are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
Preferred starting date is July 1, 2019. Please apply online at https://www.uvmjobs.com/postings/31198. Include a cover letter with a brief description of interest in and qualifications for this position and a statement regarding the potential contributions to be made to diversity at the University of Vermont; a current curriculum vitae; a representative example of scholarly writing; and a statement of teaching philosophy. For more information about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair: Associate Professor Emeritus Bud Meyers, (email@example.com; (802) 656-4751).
The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.