The Office of Academic Affairs
Bagwell College of Education

Secondary and Middle Grades Education

Position Title

Department Chair and Associate Professor or Professor of Education

Position Description and Responsibilities:    

Reporting to the Dean of the Bagwell College of Education, the chair serves as the academic and administrative leader of the Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education and is the department representative in all official communications.  The chair is expected to collaborate with faculty across the college and with other campus units, school districts, and external agencies.  Typically, the chair teaches two classes per year.  The position is a 12-month, tenure track appointment, and the salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience as a department chair.
  • Experience in managing budgets, supervising personnel, and scheduling classes.
  • Experience with strategic planning, curriculum development, program assessment, and accreditation.
  • Expertise in building and maintaining collaborative relationships and in sustaining effective communities of practice among diverse faculty.
  • Experience with grant procurement.
  • At least five years of teaching at middle grades or secondary levels.
  • Experience with online learning.
Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications):
  • Doctorate in Education or a closely-related field.
  • Credentials appropriate to hold academic rank of associate professor or professor at Kennesaw State University.  Please refer to department, college, and university promotion and tenure guidelines at:
  • Record of progressively more responsible leadership positions in higher education.
  • Sustained record of teaching, supervision, and mentoring; research and creative activity; and professional service to support 21st century learning through technology and innovative practice.
  • Credentials to teach courses in the Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of faculty, students, administrators, and staff to prepare teachers and leaders for diverse PK-12 classrooms.
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal, communication, and technology skills.
  • Teaching experience in grades 4-12.
Application Procedure:

All materials must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word or PDF documents to on or before January 4, 2013 to guarantee consideration. A complete application will include a letter expressing interest and addressing qualifications for the position; copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required before employment at KSU); a curriculum vita; names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five or more professional references, at least three of which should be former or current supervisors.

For a detailed description of the university, college, and department, please visit KSU’s website at

The search will continue until the position is filled.

Questions About Position Opening:

Questions about the position should be directed to:  Dr. Kimberly Gray, Search Committee Chair.  Email:

Date Position Available: July 1, 2013
Departmental/College Overview:

The Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) is one of the largest and strongest teacher preparation units in the University System of Georgia offering bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctor of education degree programs. All educator preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission (PSC). As a member of the Renaissance Group, BCOE continues its advancement toward meeting the challenges of national and state reforms for teacher education as well as program expansion.  The college received an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The BCOE houses the iTeach Center that provides professional learning, consulting, and service for Georgia educators in 11 school systems within metro Atlanta and North Georgia.  Recently, the BCOE launched the Center for Literacy and Learning, a facility where P-12 striving readers are assessed and tutored by graduate students.  In collaboration with the College of Science and Mathematics, the Bagwell College of Education established the Advancing the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (ATOMS) Center.

KSU’s conceptual framework for educator preparation is the Collaborative Development of Expertise in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. This collaboration, including service and support units, is carried out both through the college’s five academic departments (Educational Leadership, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Instructional Technology, and Secondary and Middle Grades Education) and in conjunction with other members of KSU’s Professional Teacher Education Unit (PTEU). PTEU, the university’s umbrella organization for preparing educators, includes fourteen departments from five colleges all of which collaborate on the design, delivery, approval, and accreditation of all educator preparation programs. The PTEU serves as a model of university-wide responsibility for teacher education; field-based collaboration with practicing professionals and partner schools; infusion of technology for enhanced teaching and learning; and best practices for the inclusion of English learners and students with disabilities.

The Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Department offers an undergraduate program in Middle Grades Education and graduate programs (M.A.T., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D.) in various middle and secondary area concentrations.  Service courses are also offered to support secondary, elementary, and PK-12 programs.  The department faculty are committed to the development of expertise in teaching and learning in collaboration with units across campus and local school districts, including professional development schools.  Our programs foster the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of professional learning facilitators who design and implement integrated instructional programs for learners that are developmentally and culturally responsive.

Kennesaw State University Campus and Location:

Kennesaw State University is a growing and progressive university in Georgia’s public system of higher education. Located on an attractive campus in suburban Atlanta, Kennesaw State University currently enrolls more than 24,000 traditional and nontraditional Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral students. The thriving Atlanta metropolitan area has a rich array of museums, theaters, libraries, colleges and universities, and other resources. Kennesaw State University was recognized in 2009 by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of its “Great Colleges to Work For”.

EEO Statement:

Kennesaw State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Georgia is an Open Records State.


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