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Associate/Full Professor & Department Head - Educational Leadership

Texas A&M University Commerce
Commerce, TX

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Associate/Full Professor & Department Head - Educational Leadership


Texas A&M University - Commerce


Educational Leadership

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Job Location

Commerce, Texas

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Please provide the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Three professional references with complete contact information (Unsolicited letters of recommendation will not be considered).
  • Transcripts (Unofficial will be accepted with application. Official transcripts are required upon acceptance of verbal offer).
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The Department of Educational Leadership is seeking a Department Head with half-time instructional responsibilities. The position is responsible for developing a productive and collaborative atmosphere, mentoring faculty, developing an effective shared governance system, working effectively with the college dean and senior administration, building excellence in curriculum and coursework, scheduling in collaboration with the department faculty, and initiating and sustaining an externally funded research program.


  • Works collaboratively with faculty to build a positive culture and effective structures, policies, and communications channels;

  • Serves as the chief advocate for advancing the mission of the Department of Educational Leadership, the college, and the institution;

  • Assesses departmental performance and determines critical requirements for program practices and documentation;

  • Leads best practice expectations for recruitment and retention of students, faculty success, alumni relations, securing and managing extramural funding, and other scholarly and fundraising initiatives;

  • Promotes and mentors the professional development of faculty within the department; encourages and supports attendance at professional conferences, grant writing, scholarship, professional consulting, and community engagement; mentors faculty to success in achieving tenure and promotion; maintains professional development and ongoing success of senior faculty;

  • Performs annual evaluations of faculty and staff; develops annual performance plans outlining accomplishments for the coming year; combines results of individual plans to produce an annual performance plan for the academic unit as a whole;

  • Ensures that departmental course offerings optimize resources and are offered in a timely manner with adequate student input to ensure the smooth flow of student progress toward graduation;

  • Exercises fiduciary responsibility on all departmental operating, special, and endowment accounts as well as fixed and consumable assets assigned to departmental programs; monitors dedicated scholarships closely and ensures that awards are made in a timely fashion;

  • Develops and improves departmental plans for curriculum development, review, and revision; utilizes course student assessments and input from faculty, program graduates, and external stakeholders/employers; utilizes results from these assessments to identify and respond to areas of greater demand and to seek out new areas of strength;

  • Oversees, in conjunction with program faculty and departmental staff, an effective and continuous student academic advising program for each academic program of study; monitors graduation rates and ensures compliance with any relevant Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requirements particularly, where appropriate, state-mandated core curriculum learning goals; collaborates with departmental faculty to mentor new graduate students and ensure that any graduate assistants employed by the department, including those supported by extramural funds, receive appropriate training and mentoring to enable them to perform their job assignments professionally;

  • Serves as the primary liaison with the dean, graduate school, the registrar, and institutional effectiveness staff;

  • Oversees the assessment processes used for regional accreditation;

  • Keeps faculty informed of institutional issues in a timely and transparent fashion; manages the following: departmental student issues, the graduation process, and employment of adjunct faculty and graduate assistants; departmental and program marketing, including the departmental website; student internships; alumni records; departmental fund-raising initiatives; orders for equipment and supplies; facility renovations; and the completion of various required reports;

  • Serves on select departmental, college and university committees;

  • Teach master’s and doctoral level courses in educational leadership;

  • Design, conduct, and publish research;

  • Advise students;

  • Prepare syllabi;

  • Update course materials;

  • Develop curriculum;

  • Deliver instruction both online and face-to-face at any of the university’s sites; instructional duties may include teaching during the day, the evening, or Saturday;

  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to implement departmental programs;

  • Provide service to the department, college, university, public schools, and the community;

  • Maintain knowledge and stay abreast of current trends in learning via research, best practices, and technological applications in the classroom that include online instruction; and

  • Chair dissertations to completion.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to promotion of diversity; thus, candidates should facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Candidates should have an understanding and knowledge of multicultural and diversity issues and their potential applications to instruction, programming, and service.


  • Education: doctorate in educational leadership or educational administration from a regionally-accredited U.S. university

  • Experience/Knowledge/Skills: academic background commensurate with the rank of associate professor or higher; proven records of the following: K-12 administrative experience, higher education administrative experience, instruction and dissertation advising, and a commitment to shared governance and quality programs; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a team of professionals; strong written and oral communication skills; commitment to high quality instruction; dedication to high standards and student success

  • Ability to: multitask and work collegially with faculty, staff, and students as well as people from culturally diverse backgrounds; ability to work beyond normal office hours and work on weekends as needed; ability to travel

  • Licensing/Professional Certifications: principal and/or superintendent certification

  • Physical Requirements: not applicable

  • Other Requirements: not applicable

  • 3 years of K-12 teaching experience

  • Experience teaching online in higher education

  • 3 years of experience as an assistant principal, principal, assistant/associate/deputy superintendent, superintendent or any combination thereof


  • Leadership experience at the department head level

  • Extensive teaching and advising experience in educational leadership or related field

  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting; program design and implementation; securing external funding; and distance education particularly online programming

  • Evidence of effective interaction with students, faculty, administration, and the community; active participation in professional organizations

  • Experience teaching in a graduate program

  • Experience chairing dissertations to completion

  • Experience as assistant/associate/deputy superintendent or superintendent

  • Texas principal and/or superintendent certification

  • Bilingual

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


We are Commerce. We are Lions!

Welcome! We are excited that you want to forge your future with a career at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Our main campus is located in Commerce, Texas, at the eastern edge of North Texas with multiple instructional sites as well as a robust online presence.  We are proud to be one of the largest universities in the prestigious Texas A&M University System.

Since 1889 A&M-Commerce has educated the people of Texas and, ever increasingly, points beyond. We remain true to our founder William Leonidas Mayo’s creed of “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others.”

Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to and promotes equal opportunity for all. This commitment includes equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and program accessibility. It is also committed to make its workplaces, campuses, and programs accessible to all, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Furthermore, we encourage and foster a workplace community where individuals are valued for their diverse backgrounds.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to Diversity.

If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact (903) 468-8741 or [email protected].

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