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Department Chair of Advanced Studies and Innovation
Augusta University

Date Posted Oct. 31, 2019
Title Department Chair of Advanced Studies and Innovation
University Augusta University
Augusta, GA, United States
Department Advanced Studies and Innovation
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Education - General

The College of Education seeks an accomplished leader to serve as the Chair for the Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation. The department is a unique combination of programs serving primarily graduate students. The department offers a M.Ed. degree in Counselor Education (School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling), an Ed.S in Advanced Educational Studies, a Doctorate of Education in Educational Innovation (Ed.D.), in addition to, graduate research and undergraduate foundations courses that serve the entire College of Education. The department prides itself on excellence in teaching, close interaction with students through advising, mentoring of graduate researchers, cross-disciplinary interaction with faculty from other departments and peer-peer support/collaboration.

Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Education, the Chair will be a dynamic and
accomplished leader who will offer outstanding governance in departmental administrative, financial, and program components while defining an innovative vision for the continued growth of the educational, research, and service missions of the department.

Reporting Relationships
Reports to: Dean, College of Education
Partners with: Campus Researchers and University Leaders
Direct Reports: Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Foundations, and
Research Faculty and Staff Members
Relates to: College of Education Department Chairs


  • An earned doctorate in Research, Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Foundations, or related discipline.
  • Associate or Full Professor.
  • Proven success in a comprehensive research university setting.
  • Significant academic administrative experience.
  • Experience with doctoral programs and advising doctoral students.
  • Experience in program and curricular development, budget and personnel management, student recruitment and retention, grant writing, and assessment.
  • Demonstrated record of respect for and interest in working with people from all backgrounds.
  • Ability to build and lead a productive team.
  • Proven track record as a problem solver and the ability to implement innovative solutions to contemporary challenges.
  • Outstanding communication skills which include written, oral, listening, and public speaking ability.
  • Ability to forge and reinforce effective relationships with internal/external constituencies.
  • Experience in working with an executive leadership team and a board in effective and efficient legal relations strategy and management.
  • A proven leader of people who is able to recruit, develop and mentor a top-notch team capable of supporting future growth.
  • Comprehensive and broad understanding of current trends in higher education.
  • Successful experience with the supervision of staff in a complex organization and the management of a multi-faceted program.

The ideal candidate will be someone who is:

  • Creative
  • A holistic and analytical thinker
  • Passionate
  • A risk-taker
  • Ethical
  • An advocate
  • An innovator

Preferred Qualification:

  • Knowledge of and understanding of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) framework.

The Department Chair should be a strategic thinker, a visionary leader who thrives in a challenging environment and is clearly aligned with the Augusta University values of:

  • Collegiality – reflected in collaboration, partnership, sense of community, and teamwork.
  • Compassion – reflected in caring, empathy, and social responsibility.
  • Excellence – reflected in distinction, effectiveness, efficiency, enthusiasm, passion, and quality.
  • Inclusivity – reflected in diversity, equality, fairness, impartiality, and respect.
  • Integrity – reflected in accountability, ethical behavior, honesty, and reliability.
    Leadership – reflected in courage, honor, professionalism, transparency, and vision.


  • Oversees all departmental activities, consults with faculty in outlining and promoting departmental policies, and ensures compliance with departmental, college, university and Board of Regents (BOR) policies.
  • Assumes responsibility for the quality of the instruction, research and service programs conducted in the department and presents an annual report to the Dean of the College outlining both targeted and accomplished teaching, research, and service activities of the department.
  • Provides mentoring and support to promote career advancement of department faculty, conducts annual assessments of progress toward identified goals, and assists in identifying resources to foster continued growth and development.
  • Serves as a liaison to other officers of the university and represents the department in all official communications with senior leaders and students.
  • Oversees the assignment of teaching and other duties within the department and maintains an equitable and mutually agreeable distribution of assignments.
  • In accordance with University and Board of Regents policies, participates in the recommendation of appointment and reappointment, promotion and tenure, and dismissal or non-renewal of members of the faculty.
  • Administers the annual budget in consultation with the administrative team and business office staff. Upon approval, reviews the budget with departmental faculty.
  • Initiates and maintains standards which ensure the appropriate expenditure of departmental funds and appropriate care and use of departmental property.
  • Collaborates with other members of the COE Administrative Team in leadership and management of College operations, strategic assessment, planning and resource allocation, design and execution of faculty support systems, and implementation of continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Promotes the development of interdisciplinary programs of research, and actively recruits new faculty in nascent or under-represented areas of research.

How to Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.
Applicants should upload a letter of interest and a comprehensive curriculum vitae as one PDF document. Nominations or questions may be directed to

All candidates are required to pass successfully a Background Check review. For specific positions, the final candidate may be subject to a (pre-employment) physical, drug screen, and/or credit check.

The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree in the form of an original transcript. Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

  • Augusta University takes pride in being an equal opportunity and equal access employer. We actively recruit and hire the very best employees without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability or other protected characteristic.

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