Department Chair (BIOC)
Morehead State University - United States

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Job Summary
The chair is directly responsible for the administration of programs in his or her academic department in concert with the departmental faculty and under the supervision of the Dean of the College. The role of the department chair at Morehead State University includes being first in the administrative chain of command between the faculty and Dean regarding the duties and responsibilities listed and defined below.

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Chair, Department of Biology and Chemistry

The Department of Biology and Chemistry at Morehead State University invites applications for the position of Chair. The Department has 26 full-time faculty members who embrace a diversity of programmatic interests and engage in mentor-student research collaborations, including basic and applied research activities as well as regional engagement. Currently, the Department has over 500 undergraduate Biology and Chemistry majors and grants Master’s degrees in Biology and Secondary Life Science Teaching. The Department is characterized by having an outstanding record of student success in admission into professional programs. You can learn more about the Department by visiting

Responsibilities: The Chair maintains academic standards, recommends budget allocations, develops strategic plans, recruits and advises students, oversees faculty/staff hires, evaluates faculty, and makes recommendations for promotion and tenure. Additionally, the Chair serves as a liaison between the faculty and the upper administration. Standard teaching load is 2/2 but may be negotiable.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate in biology or chemistry, area of specialization is open, and a record of excellence in teaching, research, and service commensurate with the rank of full professor. A strong publication record, evidence of external grant funding, administrative experience, strong oral and written communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills are expected. The Chair is expected to be a progressive leader with the ability to support faculty and staff, facilitate interactions with and among faculty to achieve common goals, obtain resources, demonstrate a broad appreciation and commitment to quality education in biology and chemistry, and advance the Department in the areas of teaching and service.

The effective starting date is July 1, 2013 (starting date may be negotiable) and is a 12- month appointment. To apply, submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of administrative philosophy, and contact information for five professional references to

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities
In keeping with the philosophy of shared governance, departmental faculty input shall be considered in chairs’ decisions concerning the areas listed under these duties and responsibilities.

The chair is responsible for:
Departmental Governance
o Conducts departmental meetings and ensures for effective communication
o Establishes departmental committees and uses committees effectively
o Assigns unit coordinators if appropriate
o Develops, implements and evaluates long-range department programs, plans and goals
o Develops, implements and evaluates service offerings the department provides to the university, community and state
o Leads the department through accreditation and evaluation processes
o Serves as an advocate for the department
o Encourages faculty to communicate ideas for improving the department as part of the strategic planning process
o Maintains essential department records

o Effectively communicates the vision, mission and perspective of the institution to faculty, staff , students and other constituents as appropriate
o Effectively communicates the needs and strategic directions of the department to the College Dean, Provost and other constituents as appropriate
o Ensures that accurate and current information about departmental programs is available on the website

Budget and Resource Management
o Administers the department budget
o Recommends budget allocations
o Ensures effective us of all departmental resources including facilities and equipment Encourages faculty to submit proposals for grants and contracts
o Seeks outside funding to support the department and university strategic plans
o Sets priorities for the use of travel funds
o Prepares annual reports seeking input/feedback from faculty and staff as appropriate

Faculty and Staff.
o Recruits and selects faculty members including the selection of a search committee, initiation of search procedures, identification of a pool of well-qualified/diverse applicants, and recommendation of candidates
o Promotes affirmative action
o Responsible for the evaluation of individual faculty and staff as well as ensuring that each faculty develop and pursue a professional development plan and that all components of a personnel evaluation procedure are followed.
o Encourages faculty and student involvement in appropriate research, scholarly activities, and creative productions as well as encouraging participation in professional societies and organizations
o Fosters the development of each faculty member’s special talents and interests
o Encourages faculty and student involvement in activities that are of service to the university, region, state, and nation
o Evaluates faculty and staff performance

o Assumes a major role in maintaining academic standards
o Fosters excellent teaching in the department
o Prepares class schedules
o Assigns faculty responsibilities including teaching, research, service considering the needs of the department and the needs of the university (i.e regional campus instruction, general education, Honors, interdisciplinary programs)
o Provides leadership that ensures periodic curriculum review and development to assure instructional effectiveness and currency of programs
o Assures that the department follows the plan for the assessment of student learning outcomes and makes effective use of the results
o Monitors progress on institutionally identified data points to support the quality of the instructional programs.

Student Recruitment and Retention
o Oversees departmental student recruiting activities in conjunction with the Office of Enrollment Services
o Assumes a major role in student advising regarding academic or other matters in conjunction with faculty and professional advisors and the Office of Retention
o Assures faculty and staff participation in recruitment and retention efforts identified as part of the university-wide strategic plan
o Represents the College and University in recruiting efforts and attends various academic and social functions both on and off campus
o Advises and counsels students

Quality of Work Life
o Responsible for assuming a major role in the promotion of a positive work environment to include faculty participation in decision making, respect for academic freedom, and positive interpersonal relationships with and between faculty and staff within the department and the campus community

Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
o Demonstrates support for the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunity and associated CPE goals and the actions set forth in the University’s affirmative action and diversity plans.

Other Duties and Responsibilities
o Responds to directives sent forth from the Dean of the College and other administration offices on campus that require action, confirmation, or information.
o Demonstrates an interest in, a respect for, and sensitivity to the similarities and differences among the various academic disciplines
o Improve and maintain the department’s image and reputation
o Coordinate activities with outside groups
o Other duties as assigned

Organizational Relationships
The chair reports directly to the appropriate college dean. This position interacts with faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, and other University constituencies.

Evaluation of Chair. The department chair shall be evaluated yearly by all departmental faculty in conjunction with the College Dean, according to established procedures.

Term of Service for Chair. The appointment as Department Chair is subject to the right and authority of the President and Board of Regents of Morehead State University to reassign or transfer the appointee, and/or change or modify duties, services, functions or title during the period of the contract.

Minimum Requirements
• A doctoral degree from an accredited university with a specialty in one of the teaching areas represented within the department,
• A distinguished record of scholarship and teaching that merits appointment as a tenured full professor in an area represented within the college,
• Administrative experience in an academic unit,
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with both internal constituents as well as external partners,
• Experience teaching and evaluating a variety of instructional delivery models including face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online,
• Demonstrated commitment to educational and cultural needs of diverse populations, and
• Experience with externally funded projects.

Additional Desirable Qualifications
• Demonstrated commitment to and success in a shared governance model,
• Success with interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach activities,
• Success in program evaluation, revision, development, and implementation,
• Experience in an accreditation process,
• Experience teaching, administering, or providing extensive consultation in the PreK – 12 setting,
• Success as a principal investigator or co-investigator on a federally funded project and,
• Experience working with students including advising, teaching, and mentoring.

Physical Requirements

Working Conditions
Routine office setting and work week with additional work hours required as circumstances necessitate.

Special Information/Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin April 8, 2013 and will continue until position is filled. Morehead State University is an EO/AA educator and employer with a strong commitment to community engagement.

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