Academic Department Head (Leadership & Counseling)

Job description

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job_Type: Full Time
Job_Number: 01877
Closing: Continuous
Location: Main Campus
Division: ACE

General Summary

The Department of Leadership and Counseling is seeking applicants for a Department Head. The Department Head provides leadership for the unit by administering and directing the developmental, personnel, financial, and operational activities of the academic department in collaboration with faculty.

Eastern Michigan University is one of the largest producers of educators in the United States. Located in Ypsilanti, adjacent to Ann Arbor, and 45 minutes from downtown Detroit, the Leadership and Counseling Department within the College of Education offers master's, specialist, and a doctoral programs (PhD) in educational leadership and CACREP accredited master's programs in clinical mental health, college, and school counseling. The Department of Leadership and Counseling has a vibrant and diverse faculty with a long tradition of excellence and innovation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and monitor departmental budget for personnel services, supplies, maintenance and equipment and other grants and contracts.
  • Ensure alignment of departmental goals with college and university goals. Provide departmental leadership in the development of new initiatives and programs and revision of existing ones.
  • Evaluate faculty performance for tenure, promotion and supplemental salary adjustment recommendations to the Dean of the College.
  • Plan, develop and schedule departmental course offerings.
  • Support students and faculty regarding such matters as curricular requirements, transfer of courses, availability of classes and academic problems and/or grievances.
  • Recruit and interview prospective faculty.
  • Advise and assist College Deans in program and policy development.
  • Administer and manage department resources.
  • Participate in local, national and professional associations to continue personal academic development and promote the University.
  • Establish and maintain public relations activities with governmental, educational, civic and community agencies.
  • Cultivate alumni and other donor connections to and financial support for departmental projects and programs.
  • Approve departmental listings in graduate and undergraduate catalogs.
  • Consult with department faculty at periodic staff meetings.
  • Administer collective bargaining master agreements.
  • Teach a department course or equivalent during one or more semesters. Perform related Departmental duties as required.


  • An earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, Counselor Education & Supervision, or closely related field from an accredited institution.
  • An outstanding record of teaching, scholarship, and service that would merit appointment and subsequent tenure as full professor
  • Experience (at least two years) in a leadership role aligned with academic administration included but not limited to program director, associate department chair/head, department chair/head, or related experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent skills in budget and personnel management
  • Experience working and administering across interdisciplinary contexts
  • Experience in online education, including both synchronous and asynchronous platforms
  • Commitment to achieving excellence through diversity and inclusion, and experience with diverse populations and underrepresented students
  • Ability to address the challenges of both Leadership and Counseling programs

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in administration of a Doctoral program
  • Evidence of success in developing constructive relations with entities external to the university
  • Experience (at least two years) aligning with department programs and degree offerings (K12 Administration, Higher Education Administrator / Counseling Professional Services)
  • Success chairing dissertation work
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing, fundraising, donor cultivation, and/or stewardship
  • Demonstrated success with both advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience mentoring both new and developing faculty members.
  • Experience interacting with special education administrators, educators, support staff, families, and/or students.

Supplemental Information

The successful candidate will serve a twelve month appointment. A competitive salary will be based on qualifications and prior experience with a tenure track appointment at the full professor rank.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, detailed vitae, leadership statement, research statement including two samples of recent scholarship, graduate transcripts, and names/telephone numbers of at least three references.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a finalist is identified. For more information contact Dr. Micheal Sayler, Dean, College of Education, at 734.487.0255 or msay[email protected]

If contacted, you will be asked to present official transcripts of your highest degree earned at the time of interview.


Multicultural experience is desired. Women and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. EMU is an equal opportunity employer.

Eastern Michigan University offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance; a TIAA-CREF retirement plan with employer contributions; an outstanding vacation and time off policy; a tuition waiver program and much more.

Click here to view highlights of the University's total rewards program.

For specific information by employment classification, click here to review the Benefits in Brief information.





Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 12/4/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
Work Type: