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Job ID: 116786

Department Head Leadership and Counseling
Eastern Michigan University

Date Posted Dec. 10, 2018
Title Department Head Leadership and Counseling
University Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI, United States
Department Department of Leadership & Counseling
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date August 29, 2019
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Higher Education Administration
    Counseling/Human Services

General Summary

The Department of Leadership and Counseling is seeking applicants for a Department Head. The Department Head provides leadership for the unit by administering and directing the developmental, personnel, financial, and operational activities of the academic department in collaboration with faculty.

Eastern Michigan University is one of the largest producers of educators in the United States. Located in Ypsilanti, adjacent to Ann Arbor, and 45 minutes from downtown Detroit, the Leadership and Counseling Department within the College of Education offers master’s, specialist, and a doctoral programs (PhD) in educational leadership and CACREP accredited master’s programs in clinical mental health, college, and school counseling. The Department of Leadership and Counseling has a vibrant and diverse faculty with a long tradition of excellence and innovation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

● Prepare and monitor departmental budget for personnel services, supplies, maintenance and equipment and other grants and contracts.
● Ensure alignment of departmental goals with college and university goals. Provide departmental leadership in the development of new initiatives and programs and revision of existing ones.
● Evaluate faculty performance for tenure, promotion and supplemental salary adjustment recommendations to the Dean of the College.
● Plan, develop and schedule departmental course offerings.
● Support students and faculty regarding such matters as curricular requirements, transfer of courses, availability of classes and academic problems and/or grievances.
● Recruit and interview prospective faculty.
● Advise and assist College Deans in program and policy development.
● Administer and manage department resources.
● Participate in local, national and professional associations to continue personal academic development and promote the University.
● Establish and maintain public relations activities with governmental, educational, civic and community agencies.
● Cultivate alumni and other donor connections to and financial support for departmental projects and programs.
● Approve departmental listings in graduate and undergraduate catalogs.
● Consult with department faculty at periodic staff meetings.
● Administer collective bargaining master agreements.
● Teach a department course or equivalent during one or more semesters. Perform related Departmental duties as required.

Required Qualifications:
- An earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, Counselor Education & Supervision, or closely related field from an accredited institution.
- An outstanding record of teaching, scholarship, and service that would merit appointment and subsequent tenure as full professor
- Experience (at least two years) in a leadership role aligned with academic administration included but not limited to program director, associate department chair/head, department chair/head, or related experience.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Excellent skills in budget and personnel management
- Experience working and administering across interdisciplinary contexts
- Experience in online education, including both synchronous and asynchronous platforms
- Commitment to achieving excellence through diversity and inclusion, and experience with diverse populations and underrepresented students
- Ability to address the challenges of both Leadership and Counseling programs

Desired Qualifications:
- Experience in administration of a Doctoral program
- Evidence of success in developing constructive relations with entities external to the university
- Experience (at least two years) aligning with department programs and degree offerings (K12 Administration, Higher Education Administrator / Counseling Professional Services)
- Success chairing dissertation work
- Demonstrated success in grant writing, fundraising, donor cultivation, and/or stewardship
- Demonstrated success with both advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Experience mentoring both new and developing faculty members.
- Experience interacting with special education administrators, educators, support staff, families, and/or students.

The successful candidate will serve a twelve month appointment. A competitive salary will be based on qualifications and prior experience with a tenure track appointment at the full professor rank. Starting date should be no later than August 29, 2019.

Supplemental Information:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, detailed vitae, leadership statement, research statement including two samples of recent scholarship, graduate transcripts, and names/telephone numbers of at least three references. Application review will begin December 1, 2018. Review of applications will continue until a finalist is identified. For more information contact Dr. Michael Sayler, Dean, College of Education, at 734.487.0255 or

If contacted, you will be asked to present official transcripts of your highest degree earned at the time of interview.


  • Multicultural experience is desired. Women and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. EMU is an equal opportunity employer.

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Contact Information

  • Mike Sayler
    Dean, College of Education
    Eastern Michigan University
    John W. Porter Bldg, Suite 304
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • 7344870255


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