The Office of Academic Affairs
College: Humanities and Social Sciences
Foreign Languages
Position Title:
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Professor/Associate Professor
Position Qualifications – Responsibilities: The department seeks a dynamic and innovative Chair who has worked in a shared governance environment and who values collaboration and collegiality. The ideal candidate will articulate a clear and compelling vision for the department’s future and will be capable of leading a diverse team of faculty and staff in a collegiate environment that is experiencing rapid growth and programmatic expansion. The Chair is expected to facilitate collaboration among the various Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) programs, help strengthen the DFL’s ties with the professional community, promote research, build and maintain successful teams, and cultivate external support for departmental activities. In addition to departmental administration, the Chair carries limited teaching responsibilities and is expected to maintain a research agenda. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position with possibility of tenure upon appointment.
Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications):

The successful candidate must have the following:

  • An earned doctorate in one of the disciplines that contribute to the programs housed in the Department;
  • Native or near-native fluency in one of the languages currently offered in the DFL as a Major or Minor;
  • A record of excellence in teaching, reflective of current and best practices;
  • A record of successful administrative and/or leadership experience in a department, college, or university setting;
  • A record of significant scholarship;
  • A record of international experience and community engagement;
  • A record of excellence in scholarship and professional service commensurate with tenure at the rank of associate or full professor; and,
  • A commitment to promoting diversity.
Application Procedure:

A complete application requires a letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including administrative philosophy, scholarship activity, and teaching philosophy; evidence of teaching effectiveness; a current curriculum vitae; a list of five professional references; and unofficial graduate transcripts (official graduate transcripts are required before employment at KSU). Send application materials electronically to:

Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2012. It is our policy to hire individuals with a strong commitment to intercultural competence to work in a global environment with a diverse student body. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, especially those from members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Questions About Position Opening: For questions about this position opening, please contact Dr. Thierry Léger at
Date Position Available:

July 2013
This position is contingent upon budgetary allocation.

Departmental/College Overview: With 28 full-time and approximately 30 part-time faculty members, the DFL houses a B.A. degree program in Modern Language and Culture in three languages (French, German, Spanish) and four concentrations (Second language and culture, Teacher certification in foreign languages, Applied business, and Cross-disciplinary perspectives). In addition to offering Minors in the primary languages of the Modern Language and Culture major, we also offer Minors in Chinese Studies, Classical Studies, and Italian Studies, and we offer regular instruction in Hebrew, Latin, and Portuguese, and instruction in five other languages via the Critical Languages Program. Recently, the DFL launched an M.A.T. program in Chinese and Spanish, and the DFL offers a non-degree Alternative Teacher Preparation Program leading to certification in Chinese, French, German, Latin, Japanese, and Spanish. Furthermore, as a distinctive characteristic, DFL faculty and students are engaged in the community and beyond including initiatives related to teaching-learning, service, and research, which are often facilitated via service-learning, internships, and study abroad opportunities.

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