Chair of the Department of English

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Chair of the Department of English

Job ID: 221936
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
The Department of English at Kennesaw State University is committed to excellent teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and the community. With a diverse faculty engaged in a variety of research approaches, the department models and promotes scholarship that honors humanistic traditions while making a range of contributions to university and civic life.

With more than 400 full-time faculty and 8000 degree-seeking students, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest college at the university, prepares the next generation of leaders in a wide array of fields 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 80 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.

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

Job Summary
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, collaborative decision-making, 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 & 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, program directors, and administrative staff to manage the operations of a large, diverse department offering courses on two campuses. 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 Qualifications
An earned doctorate, or its foreign equivalent, in one of the disciplines that compromise English Studies is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.

    Required Documents to Attach
    1. CV
    2. Cover Letter addressing the candidate's qualifications for the position, including leadership style and research agenda
    3. Unofficial Transcripts (Official transcripts due upon hire)
    4. Summary of teaching evaluations
    5. Names and addresses of three references

    Apply Before Date
    To guarantee full consideration, applications must be received by February 1, 2021.

    Contact Information
    For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Dr. Joseph Bock, Director, School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding & Development, 470-578-4942, [email protected].

    For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at [email protected]. For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at [email protected].

    Equal Employment Opportunity
    Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/11/2021
    Application Due: 2/11/2033
    Work Type: Full Time