Department Chair of Educational Studies
Ball State University
TC Deans Office
Department Chair of Educational Studies
Ball State University
The Department of Educational Studies at Ball State University invites applications for Department Chair at the rank of associate or full professor. Our department is seeking an organized, collegial, student-centered, and advocacy-oriented individual to lead an outstanding team of faculty who focus on both undergraduate and graduate teacher education and adult and community education. They will also promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and excellence in this leadership role.
This person needs to collaborate actively within the college and across the university in order to facilitate undergraduate and graduate teacher education.
This nationally-ranked, multi-disciplinary, and culturally diverse department has 18 full-time faculty members serving graduate and undergraduate students through certificate programs, licensure, and degrees at the Masters and Doctoral level. Programs are face-to-face, hybrid, and online in our college (Teachers College).
Preference will be given to candidates who represent content expertise in at least one of these areas: adult and community education, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, multicultural education, qualitative research, secondary education, and social and cultural foundations.
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Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities. We seek faculty members who are strategic thinkers, engaging our dynamic communities. We are committed to student and faculty success, impact, and access, within an environment that prioritizes inclusive excellence. We inspire each other to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, so that we can pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.
Our distinguished faculty, award-winning academic programs, and rich legacy of community collaboration and teacher preparation provide students with an innovative approach to education.
Through immersive learning projects, our students work directly with the community to foster change and put theory into practice. The department offers PhD, EdD, master’s, and undergraduate degrees, as well as specialized certificates, to meet the needs of students at all levels of their academic career. Many of our programs can be completed online, or as a hybrid of both online and main campus courses.
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At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
Position Function: This position offers an opportunity for providing dynamic leadership, encouraging creativity and innovation, and supporting colleagues in furthering the work of the Department. The chairperson plans, directs, and coordinates the academic, operational, personnel, budgetary, and student activities of the department; provides leadership and direction in the development and implementation of academic programs, and in the maintenance of excellence in teaching, scholarly productivity or creative endeavor, and service.
For this twelve-month, full-time tenure-track position, the faculty member is expected to possess expertise within one of the department program areas and be able to teach undergraduate courses in a teacher education preparation program and/or graduate courses in support of the department’s masters and/or doctoral programs and a variety of graduate certificates.
Minimum Qualifications: A doctorate in one of the disciplines within the department of Educational Studies including: adult and community education, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, multicultural education, qualitative research, secondary education, and social and cultural foundations.
Minimum Experience: Record of teaching excellence, research, and service commensurate with the rank of associate, or full professor; successful record of university teaching online and face-to-face; demonstrated success in teaching and advising graduate students; demonstrated commitment to social justice; impactful research agenda documented by recent scholarly publications; a continued commitment to engage in scholarly research publications and presentations; proven leadership ability; proven ability to work with diverse groups.
Preferred Qualifications: Record of grant writing and directing; service as department chair or equivalent leadership role; proficiency with budgets, resource management, and new technologies; knowledge of teacher preparation; skill at hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff; current or previous licensure in teaching; aptitude to learn integrated technology applications; understanding of current issues within the areas represented by Educational Studies programs.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/36586
Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to: Hiring Manager. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.
The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through April 27, 2023.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
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Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.