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Department Head
Valdosta State Univeristy

  • Oct. 12, 2016
  • Department Head
  • Department of Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Valdosta State Univeristy
    Valdosta, GA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Special Education
    Secondary Education
    Reading/Developmental Education
    Elementary Education
    Educational Psychology
    Childhood/Youth Education
    Education - General
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The Dewar College of Education and Human Services seeks applicants for Head of the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education. This is a twelve-month, administrative faculty position with the rank of Professor. Applicants with the appropriate academic credentials can be eligible for tenure upon appointment.

The College seeks a colleague willing to serve in a dynamic professional community of P-12 educators, faculty within the university, and community partners.

Reporting directly to the Dean, the department head provides creative and collaborative leadership for departmental personnel, programs, initiatives, and service activities. Job duties include:
  • Serves as the direct liaison between the department and the College administration.
  • Facilitates the planning, implementation, and administration of all degree programs offered.
  • Directs the departmental strategic planning, budgeting, and scheduling processes.
  • Manages personnel functions within the department including but not limited to appointment recommendations, annual faculty/staff evaluations, and faculty tenure/promotion recommendations.
  • Collaborates with technical colleges, public schools, off-campus military bases and other
    institutions of higher learning.
  • Promotes scholarly activities within the department.
  • Manages program assessment and accreditation reporting.
  • Teaches during the academic year.
  • Advises majors and addresses student concerns.
  • Engages in scholarly activities including publications, presentations, and external grants/contracts writing.
  • Provides service to the university, college, department, community, and profession.

Required qualifications include the following:
  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in early childhood/elementary education, or special education.
  • Experience in program administration, leadership and budgeting.
  • Familiarity with new models of program delivery (i.e. online, competency-based, etc.)
  • A minimum of five years of successful full-time college-level teaching experience in early childhood/elementary or special education.
  • A minimum of three years of P-12 public school teaching experience in early childhood/elementary or special education.
  • Experience with program approval and accreditation.
  • An extensive record of scholarly publication and presentations as well as documentation of teaching excellence and service to the profession and to the community.

Preferred qualifications include the following:
  • Previous experience as department head or chair.
  • Previous experience as a member of an external accreditation team.
  • Experience with field-based programs.
  • Experience working effectively with culturally diverse students, colleagues, public school personnel, and community members.

The Department of Early Childhood and Special Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study including bachelor degrees, a master degree, and doctorate in education. Departmental faculty are highly qualified in their respective fields and possess both academic and real world experiences.

Deadline for application is January 16, 2017, and should be submitted online at For more information contact Dean Minor, Interim Dean, via email or phone 229-333-5925.

  • Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a nondiscrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Valerie Woodruff
    Academic Keys
    Valdosta, GA
  • 2036931101


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