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Chair, Department of Special and Early Education - College of Education (6589) EXTENSION
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Dec. 8, 2022
Title Chair, Department of Special and Early Education - College of Education (6589) EXTENSION
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Special and Early Education
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Special Education
    Education - General
Position Summary
The Department of Special and Early Education at Northern Illinois University seeks an innovative leader to serve as the next department chair. As the chief administrative officer for the academic unit, the department chair provides leadership and direction in the planning, development, and delivery of academic programs and in the promotion of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service activities.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The Department Chair is expected to
  • Articulate the department’s actions in pursuit of these aims.
  • Maintain a climate that is hospitable to faculty, staff, and student success,
  • Operationalize the vision, mission, and strategic planning framework of the College of Education.
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Oversight of the department’s fiscal operations.
  • Coordination of hiring and performance evaluations of faculty, instructors, staff, and graduate students.
  • Collaboration with faculty in determining instructional assignments.
  • Work to advance the accessibility of programs for individuals in the region.
  • Engagement with alumni and community partners.
  • Participation on important committees at the department, college, and university levels.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Eligible applicants will have:
  • An earned doctorate in special education, early childhood education or related field;
  • Eligible for tenure at the rank of associate professor or higher;
  • Leadership experience in higher education,
  • Experience in budgeting and fiscal management of resources

Additional Requirements

  • A commitment to advancing the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills;
  • Ability to advocate for faculty, staff, and students;
  • Commitment to cultivate a collegial climate;
  • Capacity to operationalize the College’s strategic action planning framework.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Eligible for tenure at the rank of professor;
  • Ability to lead/mentor faculty in scholarship and grants acquisition;
  • Ability to create and maintain innovative programs;
  • A commitment and record of attracting and retaining diverse and productive faculty and students;
  • Experience with school, community and university collaboration and outreach programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising, developing, and evaluating faculty and staff;
  • Capacity to promote departmental programs to external audiences;
  • Understanding of appropriate technology integration in administration and instruction; and experience with developing and maintaining relations with alumni and donors.

Application Procedure


For full consideration, please visit to create an application profile and upload all required documents by November 15, 2022. All applications will then be reviewed by the position search committee.

Applications received after this date are welcome, but will be considered as needed.

Required Materials:
  • Current CV
  • Cover Letter
  • List of (3 to 5) References
  • Unofficial Transcripts (official required upon hire)

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