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Director, School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law - #230945

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
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Director, School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law - #230945


Acct, Fin, Info Sys, Bus Law

Position Summary:

Employees at WCU may be required to submit to campus based COVID 19 vaccination or testing requirements.

The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

Directors of schools within the College of Business at WCU will be faculty members assigned by the dean to oversee the leadership and administrative aspects of the academic programs delivered by the faculty of the constituent disciplines within the school. The twelve-month position is leave earning and constitutes 1.0 FTE.

Rank will be either at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level and will be determined at the point of hire.
Characteristics of Effective School DirectorPer the faculty of the School of AFIB, the following characteristics/skills are needed:· Open communication skills/style to include consultation with faculty, particularly around curriculum sequencing and scheduling;· Transparency;· Inclusiveness;· Advocacy for faculty resources for both the School of AFIB and the College of Business;· Enthusiasm for mentoring faculty, including those who indicate interest in leadership roles
Program LeadershipThe school director will be responsible for providing overall leadership for programs offered by the school, its disciplines, and faculty, which may include the following: conducting periodic meetings of faculty to discuss programmatic, discipline-specific, and/or school issues; ensuring the flow of critical information between the school/college and all program faculty; soliciting and submitting information relative to the school’s resource needs; and allocating resources available to the school in a manner that maximizes the accomplishment of the organizational mission. Strong analytical/data skills are required for the school director.
Curriculum OversightThe school director will be responsible for ensuring periodic curriculum review and regular assurance of learning activities are performed by the faculty for each discipline within the school, and will ensure that modifications to the curriculum initiated by faculty of the constituent disciplines receive appropriate deliberation and consultation with other concerned faculty. This responsibility includes working with the Associate Dean to ensure course/program modifications are entered into the Curriculog system. The school director will be responsible for course sequencing and scheduling; and development and maintenance of each program’s curriculum guides and promotional materials. Normally many of these responsibilities will be delegated to faculty of the school’s constituent disciplines or administrative support staff where appropriate, but the school director will coordinate these efforts and ensure timely completion.
Faculty Recruitment, Development, Mentoring, Load, and EvaluationThe school director will be responsible for managing the school’s faculty, which typically includes: providing input to the dean for the college’s staffing plan and hiring proposals in consultation with the associate dean and other school directors; empaneling committees for faculty searches; eliciting faculty participation in preparing job descriptions and advertising copy; certifying and documenting faculty qualifications and credentials (AA-21 forms, Q-grids, AFE, and faculty activities database); and assigning courses to achieve workload balance and to ensure adequate coverage for course offerings. The school director evaluates faculty annually and has primary responsibility for ensuring that collegial review document (CRD) standards are implemented fairly and impartially, and that faculty contribute to regular review and revision of the CRD. The school director will advise and mentor probationary faculty on tenure, promotion, and reappointment processes, and advise and mentor all faculty on professional development and engagement, promotion and post-tenure review. The school director will ensure faculty service burdens are equitably distributed and add appropriate value in contributing to the university’s educational mission.
Program Planning & EvaluationThe school director will be responsible for ensuring all faculty of the constituent disciplines contribute to all program planning and evaluation activities, assuring faculty representation and contribution to assessment of student learning outcomes including submission of the 5-year Program Assessment Plan and the annual Assessment Report; assuring faculty participation in and contribution to preparation and review of program accreditation materials for SACS-COC and AACSB International.
Student Recruitment and RetentionThe school director will be responsible for developing and maintaining materials and processes that promote student recruitment and retention in all programs provided or supported by the constituent disciplines. Such duties are normally delegated to the faculty with the relevant expertise in specific disciplines or who support specific programs: creating and updating promotional brochures and related literature; maintaining and updating school/disciplinary/program-specific websites or pages within the College of Business website; reviewing and updating catalog copy, degree completion plans, checklists, and other advising materials; providing text for letter generation to prospective students; assigning faculty advisors for all program or discipline-affiliated student organizations and activities such as majors’ clubs, honor societies, recognition events, etc.; and recruiting students by coordinating faculty participation in open houses, new student orientation, alumni outreach activities, student/alumni placement activities, etc.
Outreach and DevelopmentThe school director will be responsible for representing the College of Business, the school, and the academic programs’ interests in both internal and external endeavors and outreach. These activities may be delegated to faculty in specific disciplines directly invested in particular outreach and/or development activities/projects, which may include the following: coordinating program advisory boards; serving as liaison between specific programs and/or disciplines within the school and other campus constituencies and/or off-campus stakeholders; and participating in community events in which the College of Business, the school, or one of its constituent disciplines need representation. The school director will encourage all faculty to participate appropriately to university friend-raising activities and ensure they are appropriately recognized for doing so (e.g., in annual faculty evaluations). The school director will be available to support the Dean in fundraising efforts.
Teaching LoadThe school director will teach three courses (nine credit hours) per academic year. The courses will be divided across funded semesters (currently Fall and Spring) at the discretion of the school director.
School directors will also perform other duties as needed and as assigned by the Dean of the College of Business.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. or Ph.D. in Law
  • Demonstration of continued publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or law reviews
  • 5+ years of university/college level teaching experience

Position Type:

Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered for this position, you must apply online.
Screening of applicants will begin on or about April 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit the following documents online:
1) a cover letter of interest
2) curriculum vita
3) contact information for three professional references, and
4) copies of transcripts from graduate program(s)

For questions or additional information, please contact the Dr. AJ Grube, search chair, at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.


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About Us

Western Carolina University offers a collaborative community of faculty and staff eager to partner together to support the success of our students and our institution. We attract employees who are inspired to work in higher education because of the difference we can make together in the lives of the more than 10,000 students who study at WCU. For a few other reasons WCU is a great place to work:

Do you like being involved in the local community? So do we. We have robust service learning and community outreach efforts that invite students, faculty and staff to serve our local community in an ever-growing number of ways.

Western Carolina University has been named the Top Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our main campus in Cullowhee is situated 15 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have a biking and hiking trail on campus and many more in the area.

We attract students who are eager to excel. WCU has the oldest and largest Honors College in the UNC system and is consistently among the Top 5 institutions nationally for undergraduate research projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

We are a cultural hub for the region. Our College of Fine and Performing Arts produces professional-quality theater under the direction of Broadway star Terrance Mann, and our music programs are recognized as some of the best in the state. Our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been invited to the Macy's parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Our healthcare programs are some of the most competitive in the southeast and are housed in an incredible LEED-certified facility complete with some of the best technology in teaching along with community clinics for applied learning.

For more information, please visit our website at


Western Carolina University (WCU) has been honored in multiple areas demonstrating our commitment to our students, faculty, staff and our community.  Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O’Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards – to name a few.  WCU has been named a Top Green College by Princeton Review, is among the Top 5 for Undergraduate Research in the nation, and has been named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a Best College Value.  Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has named WCU the Number 1 Outdoor Adventure College for three years running.  The WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is a Sudler Trophy recipient, having led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade.  WCU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top 12 Best Online Programs for the Military as well as #27 among institutions in the South for Best Colleges for Veterans.

Faculty and Staff are honored annually with a broad range of Teaching, Scholarship and service honors.  For more information, please visit our website at


Western Carolina University offers a wide array of high quality benefit plans from which to choose. These include comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, a choice between two retirement programs, both of which provide a valuable retirement benefit, as well as optional retirement savings opportunities. Employees also benefit from a generous leave program. For more information please visit our benefits page at UNC Benefits

Diversity and Inclusion

Western Carolina University has a commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse employees who bring to our campus varied perspective and cultural understanding. Our Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs aspires to strengthen diversity as an integral component of excellence at WCU. Among public universities, our institution leads the region in student body diversity, and our diversity metrics are growing.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission (who we are):

To improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities. 

Our Core Values and Guiding Principles (what guides and inspires us):

Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning

Collaboration with and Respect for our Communities

Free and Open Interchange of Ideas

Responsible Stewardship and Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational and Environmental Sustainability

Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Our Vision Statement (who we want to be):

To be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.

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