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Department Head, English

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Department Head, English

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Work Schedule:

Varies according to need.

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :


About the Department:

English is the largest department in the NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department is a diverse group of scholars, teachers, and students covering many areas of specialization. In addition to teaching the first-year and professional writing programs and offering classes that fulfill most General Education Program requirements at NC State, we offer our majors and graduate students small classes that allow a great deal of individual attention.

The department has over 300 undergraduate majors and over 200 minors in six concentrations: Creative Writing; Film Studies; Linguistics; Literature; Rhetoric and Professional Writing; and Teacher Education. All programs offer a great deal of student choice in courses and electives, allowing the pursuit of either a broad educational experience or focused study. We also offer an Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Writing.

In addition, we offer an MFA in Creative Writing, an MS in Technical Communication, and an MA in English with concentrations in Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature, and Rhetoric and Composition. We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. We have approximately 130 total graduate students, with 26 students in the MFA program and approximately 30 students in the MS in Technical Communication and 70 students in the MA degree’s four concentrations. We work with other departments and programs—such as Foreign Languages and Literatures, Women’s and Gender Studies, Communication, and Education—to furnish interdisciplinary opportunities for NC State students. We offer an interdisciplinary PhD in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media in partnership with the Department of Communication. The department has 39 tenure-track faculty, 52 professional faculty, two research associates, and five staff members.

Essential Job Duties:

The English Department is seeking an outstanding individual with a strong commitment to academic and research excellence commensurate with the expectations of a major research university, a proven record of effective leadership, and a visionary approach to administration. The Department Head will assist in promoting research, outreach, graduate training, and undergraduate education in the department.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department Head, serving as the department’s academic leader and administrative officer, will be called upon to provide strategic leadership and vision in:

  • creating an environment that facilitates an effective shared vision; serving as a thought leader and ambassador for the department, college, and university;
  • leading departmental academic, research and engagement activities in the context of a broad vision of the discipline;
  • facilitating an inclusive, equitable, and culturally competent environment with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students;
  • promoting and rewarding excellence in faculty research, teaching and mentoring, department, college, and university service, and community engagement;
  • fostering a culture of high-impact interdisciplinary collaboration within the college; building partnerships and alliances across the university;
  • advancing departmental and college academic excellence within the university as well as relative to peer institutions;
  • linking programs within the department to the broader college and university missions;
  • developing external partnerships, when relevant, in support of the department’s mission and goals;
  • aligning and allocating resources with departmental strategic plans and vision;
  • demonstrating scholarly and professional engagement & excellence.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • performance evaluations for all direct reports, including annual reviews and recommendations for faculty retention, promotion, and tenure;
  • recruitment and hiring of new faculty and staff;
  • recommendations for salaries for faculty and staff hires, including new hires, legislative increases, discretionary increases, and retentions in a fair, equitable, principled, and defensible manner;
  • coordination and management of course scheduling;
  • curriculum assessment and revision;
  • management of the faculty’s committee and service assignments;
  • resolution of student academic problems;
  • allocation of available space to meet departmental needs;
  • comprehensive planning of all funding sources in the department using all available funding sources to meet the needs of the department;
  • management and administration of fiscal resources, including planning, expenditure of funds in accordance with relevant processes and rules, and execution of fiscal year close out in accordance with college standards;
  • assisting, when appropriate, the college’s development staff in fundraising;
  • external relations with alumni and the community;
  • representing the department in college and university-level planning and strategy development.

Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NC State’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives in research/leadership.

The successful candidate will possess an outstanding record of research, teaching, and leadership accomplishments along with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Other Responsibilities:


Minimum Education and Experience:

Requires doctoral degree in English or a related field, or an equivalent degree.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Record of academic and research excellence commensurate with the expectations of a major research university
  • Evidence of successful, collaborative leadership in multidisciplinary educational settings
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism
  • History of administrative experience, including budgetary matters
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both with internal and external audiences (e.g., promoting an inclusive and collaborative environment with faculty, staff, and students; engaging collaboratively with college- and university-level leadership)
  • Demonstrated ability to support a positive, student-centered environment
  • The ability to provide values-driven, inclusive, and transformational leadership
  • Demonstrated commitment to facilitating collaboration among and serving disparate constituencies of English Studies (e.g., tenure track faculty, professional track faculty, staff)
  • Demonstrated commitment to improved working conditions and labor and salary equity for marginalized and contingent faculty

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Rank of Professor or would qualify for rank of Professor in the Department of English at NC State

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Include with Application:

  1. 2-page cover letter
  2. CV
  3. 1-page statement of leadership philosophy including accomplishments in diversity, equity, and inclusion (Please upload to other document 1).
  4. Names/contact information for 3 references
The nomination committee will review applications starting in November and the position will remain open until the position is filled.

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

160201 - English


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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