Department of Education Chair
The University of Alabama in Huntsville - Huntsville, AL

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a growing "very high research activity" institution in the new Carnegie classification, one of 73 public universities in the U.S. to reach that designation. Located within one of the largest research parks in the United States, UAHuntsville offers 66 academic programs (bachelor's, master's and Ph.D.'s) that prepare students for demanding positions in Engineering, the Sciences, Business, Nursing, and the Liberal Arts. UAHuntsville is a Tier 1 national university, according to US News and World Report. Enrollment is approximately 7,700 students. During the past five years, the University has completed almost $100 million of new construction, and construction began August 21, 2012 on a $25 million student life center. To learn more about UAHuntsville, visit our website at

Located in the Tennessee Valley of Northern Alabama, Huntsville is the home of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, where the first rockets to take Americans to the moon were designed and built. Huntsville has an international reputation as a high tech center with ties to NASA, the Army's Redstone Arsenal, and major government and private research organizations. UAHuntsville is the anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park, the second largest research park in the United States, and home to 285 companies, including many of the nation's top aerospace and defense and engineering-related companies. Huntsville was recently included in the "Top 25 Best Performing Cities" by the Milken Institute. Recognized by Forbes Magazine as the sixth best city in the United States for business and careers, Huntsville has a substantial number of diversified industries and is rich in cultural and recreational activities, and has often been identified as one of the nation's top 10 places to work and live, and one of America's most affordable cities. The population of the metropolitan area is approximately 368,000, and the public schools are among the best in the nation. For more information on the Greater Huntsville Community, visit


The Department of Education is one of eleven departments housed in the College of Liberal Arts. The Department has been identified as a strategic growth area for the University. Our department offers bachelor's and master's certification programs in elementary, secondary, special education, and P-12 areas. Certification programs represent the strong collaboration with faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. The department has established several unique partnerships with our high tech community and local school systems. The department has ten full time faculty, two lecturers, and several highly qualified adjunct instructors. We are expanding our program options and plan to offer graduate programs in elementary and special education-autism and ESL during the 2013-2014 academic year. The successful candidate will join a young, vibrant community of dedicated teacher/scholars who are engaged in interdisciplinary work across campus, the state and nation, various professional development initiatives, rigorous research (some funded by federal grants) and advocacy for children. For additional information on the department, visit

Position Description

Chair of Education, Tenured


Full Professor. Senior Associate Professors will be considered for appointment at the Full Professor level based on qualifications and experience.

Primary Responsibilities

Lead in the development of a more autonomous unit on campus; serve as visionary in creating a more public image for education; build on existing strengths while exploring new program options; serve as an advocate for faculty and programs at the college and university level; teach graduate and undergraduate courses (elementary curriculum, reading, language arts), advise undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates, engage in research and service; work collaboratively with the local community and P-12 schools.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications

Earned doctorate (Ed. D. or Ph. D.) in Education or Curriculum and Instruction;

Specialization in elementary education

Established university record as associate or full professor, including successful teaching, strong record of scholarly work; commitment to service and professional development;

Teaching experience in Grades K-6;

Knowledge and experience with NCATE accreditation standards and practices;

Strong organizational, mentoring, and interpersonal skills;

Commitment to quality education for all students

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated skills in leading a program;

Knowledge and experience with accreditation standards and practices for the State of Alabama;

Additional background in reading/literacy desired


The application should consist of a cover letter, current vitae, statement of administrative and teaching philosophies, transcripts, and contact information (including name, address, email address, and phone numbers) for at least three references. Send materials to:

Mary L. Piersma

Department of Education

Morton Hall 243

College of Liberal Arts

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, AL 35899

Phone: 256-824-2325; Fax: 256-824-6818



Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Starting Date for Employment

Summer 2013