An Academic Chair at The Chicago School is comprised of two levels: Program Chair and Department Chair. The Department Chair is the primary academic administrator for a given program or group of related programs. When a program or group of related programs reaches sufficient size or complexity a Program Chair is added as an additional layer of leadership to provide delegated support to the Department Chair within the key areas of responsibility required to academically administer the program.
The Program Chair reports directly to the Department or Division Chair. An Academic Chair is a member of the faculty as an Administrative Faculty member and is responsible for the academic and operational success of the programs and locations under their purview.
Responsibilities include student management within the department, program and student review processes, efficient course scheduling across delivery models, outreach and recruitment of faculty, active engagement in community partnership development to support student enrollment. An Academic Chair works closely with the College Dean and Associate Dean, university academic leadership team, and support staff.
In addition to department meetings, the Academic Chair participates in institutional committees, provides academic leadership, and performs duties as assigned by the university academic leadership. As administrative faculty member, the Academic Chair is a member of the Faculty Council.
The department seeks an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness, professional development and scholarship, integrity and ethics, respect for diversity and pluralism, innovation, flexibility, and teamwork and collaboration. Candidates who will advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through their teaching, scholarship, and service are strongly encouraged to apply.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Recruit, hire, and manage qualified and diverse faculty in alignment with budget allowances and university need.
Build and manage a faculty team that is inclusive and welcoming of diverse voices, new perspectives, and innovation.
Develop and apply a structured, data-driven system for mentoring, supervising and evaluating the teaching, advisement, and other duties performed by faculty members to ensure student achievement of program and institutional learning outcomes.
Ensure department faculty remain active in scholarship and service as evidenced by membership in institutional committee work, professional organizations, publications, presentations, and colloquia.
Academic Quality & Innovation
Lead student development efforts (monitoring satisfactory academic progress, supervising Department efforts to support student development through Academic Development Plans and Professional Performance Evaluations and representing the Department(s) at institutional Student Community Standards Committee with the goal of supporting student progress through the curriculum and timely degree completion.
Teach up to 12 credits per academic year, depending upon level of appointment and scope of administrative responsibilities.
Lead, in collaboration with academic affairs leaders, the department with any accreditation, department review, or assessment(s) required of the department including participation in research and writing for any necessary self-study or department-related reports to maintain ongoing accreditation and good status with accreditors.
Ensure student concerns are effectively addressed in a timely and responsive manner in support of student satisfaction and retention.
Actively cultivate opportunities for students to participate in scholarship and community engagement such that students are regularly participating in the production of scholarly work products and/or involved in community activities beyond the campus.
Supervise student research as Thesis or Dissertation Chair and ensure faculty are successfully advising student research to successful completion within or ahead of expected program completion times.
Ensure that department faculty remain current in knowledge and skills regarding emerging instructional technology into classroom instruction to support ongoing innovation and instructional excellence.
Academic Operations & Budget Management
Manage the day-to-day operations of the department(s) to ensure quality student experience and faculty performance expectations are maintained.
Direct course scheduling in a manner that supports the student experience via ensuring adequate class size and assigning faculty who are properly credentialed and trained to deliver assigned course content. Course scheduling should additionally incorporate opportunities for collaborative course offerings between geographic locations and delivery modalities.
Represent the department at meetings, student events, and other related events to facilitate collaborative decision making, student engagement, building program and university awareness in the community.
In collaboration with university academic leadership, lead the development of strategic academic and budget plans for the department, including recommendations from the assessment and department review process to inform student enrollment growth targets and program staffing needs.
In collaboration with the university academic leadership, seek and implement opportunities to integrate emerging instructional technology into the curriculum delivery model/s with consideration given to expanding opportunities for remote synchronous and distance learning.
Collaborate with admissions team to ensure timely review of admissions files and development of materials to support achievement of new student recruiting goals.
In collaboration with university leadership, develop and execute a plan for community engagement in support of expanding awareness and driving new student enrollment at The Chicago School.
Partner with university leaders in mitigating student attrition.
A doctoral degree in discipline.
When available, licensure in the field covered by the program being administered.
Academic administration experience, including teaching at the graduate level, and professional experience are strongly desired.
An optimistic, action-oriented leader who can motivate faculty to embrace a culture of excellence with respect to student engagement and outcomes.
Able to balance institutional priorities with department needs and initiatives.
Applicants should submit a CV and letter of interest.
Compensation & Benefits
This opportunity is budgeted at $100,000 - 115,000 base compensation. Additional compensation factors may impact total compensation. To learn more about our competitive benefits and additional rewards, including generous paid time-off, medical and dental insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, click the link below.
The Chicago School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please note: For the protection of faculty, staff, students, and all who enter our facilities, The Chicago School strongly recommends that all employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per CDC guidance.