Chair of the Department of English

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Academic Home Department:EnglishPosting Job Title:Chair of the Department of EnglishRecruitment Type:Administrative Faculty Position Details

Full Time Faculty Rank:Associate Professor or Professor - TBDArea of Specialty-Discipline:EnglishAdministrative/Distinguished Title - Working Title if applicable:Chair of the Department of EnglishPosition Status:Regular FacultyTenure Track Status:Tenure TrackTerms of Employment:12-MonthContract Type:Full-timeDate Position Available:07/01/2020 Position Qualifications/Responsibilities

Position Qualifications - Responsibilities:

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University seeks a visionary and effective leader to become the next Chair of the Department of English. The Chair holds a 12-month position with the possibility of tenure upon appointment and reports to the Dean.

The ideal candidate will have a distinguished record of leadership in a field related to the Department’s research and academic programs and a clearly demonstrated commitment to shared governance and the values of inquiry, fairness, and collegiality. The candidate should be responsive to and advocate for the interests of a large department comprised of a dedicated and diverse faculty serving a vibrant student body. Key responsibilities of the position include (1) facilitating growth and development of the department’s English programs: literature, English education, film studies, professional writing, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, linguistics, literary and rhetorical theory, cultural studies, and graduate programs in writing and English education; (2) promoting and inspiring scholarship and creative activity; (3) championing pedagogy that enhances students’ critical thinking and writing abilities; (4) promoting and honoring diversity and inclusion across the department’s programs and among students, faculty, and staff; (5) cultivating external funding opportunities; (6) advocating for the department as integral to the missions of the college and the university; (7) administering performance evaluations; and (8) working collaboratively with faculty, the leadership team, and administrative staff to manage the operations of the department. The Chair is expected to teach one course per year and maintain an active research agenda. Experience with hybrid and online courses is a plus.

Required Education - Experience - Skills (Minimum Qualifications):

The successful candidate must have the following:

•An earned doctorate in one of the disciplines that comprise English Studies;
•A strong record of successful faculty leadership, including faculty and student mentoring, program and curriculum innovation, and the cultivation and promotion of a shared vision among colleagues;
•A successful record of administrative experience in a department, college, or university setting;
•An extensive record demonstrating excellence in personnel management, budgeting, communication, and faculty advocacy;
•A record of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity;
•A record of excellence in teaching, reflective of current and best practices;
•Experience working collaboratively with colleagues in multiple specialties or disciplines;
•A record of excellence in scholarly and creative activity;
•A record of professional service and community engagement at department, college, university, discipline, and/or community levels;
•A record of cultivating external and internal sources of funding;
•A record of academic excellence commensurate with tenure at the rank of associate or full professor.

Application Procedure

Application Deadline Date:12/01/2019Questions About Position Opening:

For questions about this position opening, please contact Dr. Joseph Bock at [email protected]

Additional Information for Applicants

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English promote diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and has given them the confidence to engage audiences in higher education from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Application Instructions

A complete application requires a cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including teaching philosophy, administrative philosophy, and scholarship activity; evidence of teaching effectiveness; a current curriculum vitae; contact information for three references; and unofficial graduate transcripts (official graduate transcripts are required before employment at KSU).

Applications must be electronically submitted to Employment Opportunities Website:

Priority will be given to applications received by December 1, 2019. It is our intent to hire individuals with intercultural competence and an ability to work with diverse students, colleagues, and community partners. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, especially those from members of historically underrepresented groups.

Posting Details

KSU Faculty Posting Number:000824USG Applicant Clearing House Position ID:44518Departmental/College Overview:

The Department of English offers a B.A. in English; a B.S. in English Education; minors in Film Studies, Language and Literary Studies, Linguistics, and Professional Writing; an M.A. in Professional Writing; and M.A., specialist, and doctoral degrees in Secondary English Education. With eighty-four full-time and over sixty part-time faculty members, the department serves approximately 10,840 students each year, including some four hundred majors, three hundred minors, 140 graduate students, and ten thousand general education students. Our faculty includes specialists in fifteen areas: American literature, British literature, postcolonial and African literature, African American literature, Native American literature, popular culture, gender studies, creative writing, professional writing, composition and rhetoric, English education, film studies, linguistics, theory, and digital humanities.

With more than 350 full-time faculty and seven thousand degree seeking students, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest college at the university, prepares the next generation of leaders to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and become contributing citizens in a global society. The home of three Schools and eight Departments, the College offers more than eighty graduate and undergraduate programs of study in both traditional and interdisciplinary fields. CHSS provides students experiential learning opportunities to enable them to develop leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility through community and global engagement.

Kennesaw State University Campus and Location:

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities. As Georgia’s third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs. Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

EEO Statement:

Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. Georgia is an Open Records state.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Letter of Application
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Academic Transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire)
  4. List of Names and Contact Information of Three References
  5. Summary of Teaching Evaluations
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    Posted: 10/16/2019
    Application Due: 12/10/2019
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