The Office of Academic Affairs
University College

Department of First-Year Programs

Position Title

Chair, Department of First-Year Programs and Professor/Associate Professor

Position Qualifications – Responsibilities:

The Department of First-Year Programs is accepting applications for a 12-month, tenure-track position with responsibilities as Department Chair. In addition to responsibilities in the areas of teaching, scholarship and professional service, the Department Chair must be committed to shared governance, invite and incorporate faculty input, and strive to maintain a collaborative atmosphere. The Chair is responsible for overseeing budgeting and fiscal management; faculty mentoring, workload, performance management, and compensation recommendations; course scheduling; advocating for and representing the department with KSU administration; networking on campus and in the surrounding community; and supervising administrative support personnel. The expected teaching load is one course per year. The Chair is also responsible for building constituencies both on and off campus while directing the development and implementation of a new strategic plan that will address the expanding mission and vision of the department. 

Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications):

The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate and a strong record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated record of leadership in the development and/or implementation of interdisciplinary programs designed specifically for first-year students and/or students in transition; a record of exemplary teaching; and scholarship related to curriculum initiatives, pedagogy, or teaching and learning. He or she must have the ability to multi-task and must have strong interpersonal skills. He or she must demonstrate significant administrative experience at the level of department chair or equivalent; organizational development skills; commitment to diversity, inclusion, and a global perspective; an energetic, collaborative leadership style; and effective communication skills.

Application Procedure:

Applications must be submitted electronically as either Word or PDF documents and will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to guarantee consideration, application materials must be received by October 31, 2012. Candidates should send (as email attachments) a letter of interest (no longer than three pages) addressing their qualifications; a statement describing their leadership philosophy; a current curriculum vitae; names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references; and copies of their graduate transcripts (official copies will be required from the successful applicant) to:

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Questions About Position Opening: For questions about this position opening, contact Ralph J. Rascati, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Advising, Retention & Graduation Initiatives & Dean of University College,
Date Position Available:

July 1, 2013

Departmental/College Overview:
The interdisciplinary Department of First-Year Programs in University College houses nationally recognized first-year seminars, learning communities, and the common reader program. For the tenth consecutive year we have been recognized for our first-year experience program by U.S. News & World Report. The Department of First-Year Programs is distinctive in that it has tenured and tenure-track faculty whose focus is to help students make the difficult transition to the college environment. They are dedicated to the study of the issues that students face as they enter and progress through the college experience and are devoted to aiding those students through the stress of those transitions. A commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarly achievement, and dedication to professional service activities is expected of all faculty members in KSU’s University College.

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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