Department Head, Early Childhood and Special Education
Valdosta State University - Valdosta, GA

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The Dewar College of Education invites applications for Head of the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education. Position is a twelve-month, tenure track, administrative faculty position. Rank is open. Appointment date is July 1, 2013.

Reporting directly to the Dean the department head provides creative and collaborative leadership for personnel, programs, initiatives, and service activities. The department head (1) serves as the direct liaison between the department and the College administration; (2) facilitates the planning/implementation/administration of bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degree programs offered both face to face and online; (3) directs the departmental strategic planning, budgeting, and scheduling processes; (4) manages personnel functions such as appointment recommendations, faculty/staff evaluations, and tenure/promotion recommendations; (5) collaborates with P-12 school/system partners, Regional Educational Service Agencies, community agencies, and other universities; (6) promotes scholarly activities within the department; (7) manages program assessment and accreditation reporting; (8) advises majors; (9) teaches on-campus and online courses; and (10) engages in scholarly activities including publications, presentations, and external grants/contracts writing.

The College is accredited by NCATE and includes seven departments. The department employs 21 full time tenured/tenure-track faculty members. The department includes a blended early childhood and special education undergraduate program, and early childhood undergraduate program, online M.A.T. programs in adapted and general curriculum, an M.Ed. program in Early Childhood, and an online Ed.S. program in Special Education. The College seeks colleagues willing to serve in a dynamic professional community of P-12 educators, faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences, Fine Arts, Business Administration, Nursing, and community agencies. Valdosta State is a regional university with an enrollment of more than 12,500 students; nearly one-third pursuing a degree in the Dewar College of Education. Valdosta is a city within Lowndes County with a population that exceeds 100,000 in the county and is located just north of the Florida state line on Interstate 75. Valdosta is just two hours from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. For more information on the position contact Dr. Donald Leech, Associate Dean, dwleech@valdosta.edu or phone 229-333-5925.

Minimum Qualifications
Required qualifications include an earned doctorate in early childhood or special education or related field, at least three years of full time college level teaching experience, an outstanding record of recent scholarship and service activities, P-12 public school teaching experience, previous academic management and program approval/accreditation experiences. For consideration of the rank of associate or full professor candidate must have an extensive record of scholarly publication and presentation.

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