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Director for the Division of Education, Health, Leadership and Languages

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Southern Oregon University
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Director for the Division of Education, Health, Leadership and Languages

Southern Oregon University


Position Number: A00486

Rate: $109,000 - $116,000 (@1.0 FTE, non-reduced)


Position Summary:
Director for the newly constituted division representing Education, English, Health and Exercise Science, Military Science, Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Spanish and American Sign Language programs reports to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and works closely with the Associate Vice President for Curricular Management. The Director provides leadership for the development and implementation of the Division's mission within the scope of the larger University mission, and is responsible for the Division's effective operation.

The Division includes the following programs: Education, English, Health and Exercise Science, Military Science, Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Spanish and American Sign Language and is represented by approximately 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students, 40 ongoing faculty, 10 staff, and approximately 50 contingent faculty. The Division also houses the Community Preschool at SOU, the Center for Holistic Education and the Oregon Writing Project. The Director participates in setting the direction for the Division that reflects a wide range of academic programs and their contributions to the institution as well as allocating resources to support the goals of the Division and evaluating progress towards those goals. The Director provides leadership and oversight in securing resources, consults with the Program Chairs, faculty and University-wide administrative bodies. The Director actively engages in community relations and represents the Division to both internal and external constituents.

Participates in the Provost's Advisory Council (PAC).

This is a 1.0 FTE position; encouraged to teach one course per year.

The successful candidate will have the ability to effectively represent divisional programs to the external stakeholders and community partners including, but not limited to, professional licensure and program accreditation bodies.

Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing.

Generous university benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to recreational and cultural activities; and more.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • An earned PhD or appropriate terminal degree and academic credentials that qualify for appointment as Associate Professor or Professor within a program represented in the division.
  • At least two years of experience as Department Chair or higher, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively represent divisional programs to the external stakeholders and community partners including, but not limited to, professional licensure and program accreditation bodies.



Preferred Qualification:
  • At least three years of experience as Department Chair or higher, or equivalent
  • Familiar with enrollment management, enrollment practices and procedures.
  • Tenure or Tenure eligible.





Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Demonstrated excellence in written, verbal, and technical communication skills and with
a high degree of personal integrity and standards
•Ability to facilitate an innovative, transformative curriculum and pedagogy to enable students to be prepared for the future
•Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing
•Demonstrated experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism
to effectively handle a broad range of sensitive interpersonal situations
•Demonstrated ability to interpret and consistently apply a wide variety of complex
policies and procedures where specific guidelines may not always exist
•Demonstrated ability to work with frequent changes in policies and procedures,
sometimes under pressure and a fast-paced environment
•Strong analytical and research skills; demonstrated ability to gather, evaluate, and to develop well-reasoned conclusions and recommendations
•Demonstrated ability to proactively assess work operations and anticipate potential
problems; ability to develop and implement strategies for preventing/resolving
problems
•Ability to independently analyze software functionality and design and document
efficient/effective work processes
•Excellent organizational and time management skills with the demonstrated ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines
•Demonstrated ability to effectively perform work of a highly sensitive and confidential
nature that requires access to information.
•Must be able to exercise sound judgment
and discretion, tact, and diplomacy
•Ability to take initiative in independently planning, organizing, and performing work
assignments within broadly defined parameters
•Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of productivity and accuracy/attention to detail
•Proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing,
spreadsheets, databases, internet/online systems (e.g., calendaring and email), social
media platforms, Learning Management Systems, etc.
•Demonstrated ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by
maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere internally and
externally, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) cover letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) teaching philosophy; and (4) The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references should be included in the application or as an attachment. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resource Services for assistance.

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at [email protected] or by phone at (541)552-8553.

To view SOU’s offers very generous benefits and pension programs available to eligible positions, please visit: https://inside.sou.edu/assets/hrs/Benefits/2021_Employee_Benefits_Overview.pdf
Our benefits package is an important complement to the offered salary and our Total Compensation Calculator, https://inside.sou.edu/hrs/comp-calc.html, demonstrates our value and commitment to our employees. Generous university benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to recreational and cultural activities; and more.

Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing.


Special Conditions
•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
•Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
•Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
•Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
-Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime
-Position classifications defined as “non exempt” are *subject to overtime
•The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees*
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link:
https://inside.sou.edu/assets/security/AnnualCrimeReportFinal.pdf. A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email [email protected]

All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.sou.edu/postings/10086.

Diversity Statement
Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.






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Organization

Welcome to SOU

The University
Southern Oregon University (SOU) is a contemporary, public liberal arts and sciences university with selected professional programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. One of seven institutions in the Oregon University System (OUS), SOU is an inclusive campus community dedicated to student success, intellectual growth, and responsible global citizenship. Last year, The New York Times named Southern Oregon University as a “hidden gem” of higher education.

Southern Oregon University is committed to providing its 5,000 students a challenging and practical liberal arts education centered on student learning and civic engagement. SOU offers more than 100 areas of study with 34 majors, as well as partnerships, public service, outreach, sustainable practices, and economic development activities that address regional needs. SOU’s outstanding programs draw on and enrich our unique arts community and bioregion.

SOU serves the whole of southern Oregon and the northernmost counties of California. The University is a major partner in the economic, cultural, and environmental developments of this vast area, offering students valuable opportunities to find their place within our unique bioregion with its diverse community. An OUS-designated Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts, SOU has also gained recognition for its outstanding education and research in science fields and technology.

SOU’s culture of close faculty-student mentoring relationships is ideal for undergraduate instruction (21:1). Classes are taught by faculty, who are experts in their fields—93 percent hold terminal degrees—in a friendly, service-oriented environment.

Pursue Your Passions—Students engage in hands-on research and community projects that complement classroom, laboratory, and studio learning. SOU also offers numerous postbaccalaureate certificates and the Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program, which allows students to graduate with their four-year degree in three years.

SOU, committed to student success, offers the Ronald E. McNair Achievement program. The McNair program provides undergraduate students assistance in locating, applying for, and being accepted into doctoral programs. With state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, the SOU Biotechnology Center enhances undergraduate research in the emerging interdisciplinary fields of biotechnology.

The University’s Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) hosts major art exhibitions and youth programs, and the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) features artwork by faculty, students, and visiting artists. SOU is home to the Southern Oregon Singers, the Rogue Valley Symphony, and the Chamber Music Concert Series (CMC). Its Music Department also provides frequent concerts and recitals by exceptional faculty and students.

Become a Global Citizen—Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2007, Southern Oregon University emphasizes worldwide citizenship through international student enrollment, exchange programs, and longstanding sister university alliances—the most notable alliance is the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico. SOU students are globally engaged with international internships in 45 different countries on six continents.

The University’s rising national reputation is based on its faculty’s notable research and creative talents, as well as its practical liberal learning. Southern is one of 24 institutions across the nation to be selected for membership in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

SOU is environmental progressive as one of the first universities in the nation to offset 100 percent of its electric and natural gas use with clean, renewable power. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized SOU’s commitment to sustainability by naming the University the 2007-2008 Individual Conference Green Power Challenge Champion.

Find Your Place—Southern Oregon University’s main campus in Ashland is largely residential, where students live on campus or in Ashland’s student-friendly neighborhoods. On-campus housing includes three complexes with residence halls and superb dining, as well as apartments for upper-class students, family housing in Old Mill Village with childcare service, and a facility for groups participating in SOU’s educational enrichment offerings. SOU serves a growing number of students who commute from as far away as Grants Pass, Oregon, and Redding, California, as well as providing many educational programs and services at the Medford Campus. SOU has fruitful and growing partnerships with community colleges such as Rogue Community College (RCC) and the College of the Siskiyous, and with universities such as Oregon Health & Science University.

SOU and the community are focal points for rich cultural activities and organizations. Created in 1935 by SOU’s Theatre Professor Angus Bowmer, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is now one of the top five regional theatres in the nation and one of the top three rotating repertory theaters with Shakespeare at their core worldwide. The festival draws more than 380,000 patrons annually.

Distinguished Alumni include:
Michael Geisen (Master’s of Arts in Teaching, 2001) was named 2007 National Teacher of the Year.

Tyler Burrell (Bachelor’s of Arts in Theater Arts, 1993) stars in the CBS comedy, “Back to You,” as well as appearing in The Incredible Hulk (2008), National Treasure II: Book of Secrets (2007) Friends with Money (2006), In Good Company (2004), Black Hawk Down (2001).

José Luis Romero Hicks (Master’s in Social Science, 1979) serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Guanajuato, the managing partner of the law firm RomeroHicks & Galindo, and a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs

Ashland Campus
Southern Oregon University occupies a 175-acre campus with fourteen academic buildings, thirteen residence halls, family housing, a student union, and multi-use facilities. All classrooms on campus are accessible to disabled students. Beautifully landscaped grounds and architecturally pleasing buildings provide a pleasant environment for academic endeavors, student club activities, and opportunities to think and study together with peers and faculty. Among the newer facilities are the Computing Services Center, the ACCESS Center for Student Services, the Schneider Museum of Art addition, and the Center for the Visual Arts.

SOU recently dedicated the Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library following a major renovation and expansion. The project nearly doubled the size of the existing library and yielded a new learning center with contemporary services and technologies, ample study spaces, seminar rooms, reading areas with fireplaces, and a coffee shop. The academic and student services are exceptional. Hannon Library won the 2004 Federal Depository Library of the Year award from the U.S. Government Printing Office.

Ashland and SOU are home to many unique facilities and services, such as the nation’s only Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory and the nationally recognized Jefferson Public Radio (JPR). Southern Oregon University hosts one of the largest Native American powwows and a popular Hawaiian luau, both of which are coordinated by student multicultural groups. SOU offers the only Native American studies certificate and minor programs in Oregon, in addition to providing a popular education camp for Native American youth in the summer. Among its extensive array of youth programs is the award-winning Academia Latina for middle school Hispanic and Latino children. SOU also has an established reputation for the size and scope of its extended programs for senior citizens.

Medford Campus
Established in 1984, the Medford Campus provides many of the courses and services available on the main campus in Ashland. The Medford Campus includes degree completion and graduate programs, classrooms, computer labs, registration, academic advising, a bookstore, and distance-learning capabilities.

The Medford Campus is part of the Higher Education Center (HEC), which represents a one-of-a-kind partnership in Oregon. The HEC strengthens the shared commitment SOU and Rogue Community College (RCC) have had for years. Their collective efforts better serve students at both institutions through more efficient class scheduling, increased communication, and centralized services.

The HEC also serves as the hub for professional development in the Rogue Valley. The business community benefits from seminars, customized training, a business communication institute, mentorship and internship programs, and networking opportunities.

Accreditation
Southern Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Department of Chemistry programs have earned the approval of the American Chemical Society. The programs of the School of Education are accredited by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. The Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Region
In 2003, Outside Magazine ranked Southern Oregon University twentieth in the nation on their list of coolest places to study, live, and work. The region is a uniquely diverse geographic, geological, and ecological area. It is distinguished by the Rogue, Umpqua, and Klamath Rivers; Crater Lake National Park; many lakes; and the convergence of three mountain ranges: the Cascades, the Siskiyous, and the Coast Range. Such qualities give rise to the University’s distinctions in environmental studies, as well as its tremendous recreational opportunities, ranging from golf, rafting, fishing, and sailing to hiking, skiing, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

Arts and culture, recreation, tourism, retail sales, natural resources, and burgeoning health care services are the driving forces of the region’s economy. Technology industries are diversifying the economy as new companies move into the area, start-up firms emerge, and technology advances locally. There are three medical centers that offer world-class health care services.

The region hosts five fairs and thirteen festivals, in addition to nearly thirty art galleries and more than two dozen cultural and art museums. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and Britt Music Festivals in Jacksonville are the most notable festivals. Theatre venues include Oregon Cabaret Theatre and Medford’s Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. Recreational facilities include 151 public and 110 commercial campgrounds, seventeen golf courses, three racetracks, two ski areas, two ice-skating rinks, and four horse stables. There are sixty-four registered guided tours in southern Oregon.

Ashland and SOU
Southern is located in Ashland at the base of the Siskiyou Mountains in the Rogue Valley. It is a five-hour drive or a one-hour flight from Portland to the north or from San Francisco to the south. With a population of 20,000, this charming town boasts eighty-five restaurants and ninety-three lodging facilities, sixty-six of which are bed and breakfasts. Its restaurants, delis, bakeries, banks, bookstores, ice-cream parlors, vintage movie theatre, specialty shops, and clothing stores are within easy walking distance of campus. The annual Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) is a popular attraction. A bicycle path leads from SOU to downtown Ashland and beyond. The city offers an ideal setting for picnics and strolls in its beautiful Lithia Park with its duck ponds, paths, arboretum, and creek.

Ashland is surrounded by forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers that provide spectacular areas for outdoor sports and ecological studies. Benefiting from a mild four-season climate, Ashland’s average rainfall is twenty inches, less than half that of Portland or Eugene. Although the valley floor is generally free of snow, winter recreational facilities are just a thirty-minute drive away at Mt. Ashland Ski and Snowboard Resort. Cross-country ski opportunities are available in the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains. Just minutes away, Emigrant Lake offers waterslides, sailing, and a park. Lake of the Woods, located at the base of Mount McLaughlin, is less than an hour’s drive from campus.

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