Professor & Department Head Psychology & Special Education
Texas A & M University - Commerce
January 6, 2018
Position will serve as a full-time, 9-month, tenured position, at the Associate or Full Professor rank, as well as, serve as Department Head for Psychology and Special Education with half-time teaching responsibilities. Position is responsible for developing a productive and collaborative atmosphere, mentoring faculty, developing an effective shared governance system, working effectively with the college dean and senior administration, building excellence in curriculum and coursework scheduling in collaboration with the department faculty, and initiating and sustaining an externally funded research program. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works collaboratively with faculty to build a positive culture and effective structures, policies and communications channels.
Serves as the chief advocate for advancing the mission of the college and the institution.
Assesses departmental performance and determines critical requirements for program practices and documentation.
Leads best practice expectations for recruitment and retention of students, faculty success, alumni relations, securing and managing extramural funding, and other scholarly and fundraising initiatives.
Promote and mentor the professional development of faculty within the academic department. Encourages and supports attendance at professional conferences, grant writing, academic and research publications, professional consulting, mentoring, and community engagement. Mentorâ™s faculty to success in achieving tenure and advancing through ranks. Maintains professional development and ongoing success of seasoned faculty.
Performs annual evaluations of faculty and staff. Develop annual performance plans outlining what each faculty or staff member will accomplish in the coming year. Combine results of individual plans to produce an annual performance plan for the academic unit as a whole.
Ensures that departmental course offerings optimize resources and are offered in a timely manner with adequate student input to ensure the smooth flow of student progress toward graduation.
Exercises fiduciary responsibility on all departmental operating, special, and endowment accounts as well as fixed and consumable assets assigned to departmental programs.
Monitors dedicated scholarships closely and ensures that awards are made in a timely fashion.
Develops and improves departmental plan for curriculum development, review and revision.
Utilizes course student assessments and input from faculty, program graduates, and external stakeholders / employers. Utilizes results from these assessments to identify and respond to areas of greater demand and to seek out new areas of strength.
Oversee, in conjunction with program faculty and departmental staff, an effective and continuous student academic advising program for each academic program of study in the department. Monitors graduation rates, and ensures compliance with any relevant Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requirements, particularly, where appropriate, state mandated core curriculum learning goals. Collaborates with departmental faculty to mentor new graduate students and ensure that any graduate assistants employed by the department, including those supported by extramural funds, receive appropriate training and mentoring to enable them to perform their job assignments professionally.
Serves as the primary liaison with the dean, graduate school, the registrar, and institutional effectiveness.
Oversees the assessment processes used for regional accreditation.
Keeps faculty informed of institutional issues in a timely and transparent fashion and manages departmental student issues; the graduation process; employment of adjunct faculty and GAs; departmental and program marketing, including the departmental website; student internships; alumni records; departmental fund-raising initiatives; ordering of equipment and/or supplies; facility renovations; and the completion of various required reports.
Serves on selected departmental, college and university committees
Texas A&M University-Commerce provides a personal educational experience for a diverse community of life-long learners. Our purpose is to discover and disseminate knowledge for leadership and service in an interconnected and dynamic world. Our challenge is to nurture partnerships for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic vitality of Texas and beyond.