Chairperson, Academic Department

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Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Info Systems and Business Analytics - Kent Campus [101194]

Job Title:

Chairperson, Academic Department

Physical Location:

 Kent Campus - Kent, OH



Basic Function:

To provide academic and administrative leadership for an academic department. Reports to Dean, College.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


The Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics in the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the rank of Associate or Full Professor starting July 2023.


The successful candidate will be the inaugural chairperson of the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA). Beginning in Fall 2023, the ISBA department will operate as an independent unit separate from the existing Department of Management and Information Systems, In addition to the chairperson, the Department of ISBA is home to twelve tenure-track faculty and three full-time non-tenure track faculty, including three faculty members with appointment on regional campuses. The department offers the BBA degree with majors in Business Analytics and in Computer Information Systems, a MS in Business Analytics, multiple courses in the MBA programs (in-person, online and Executive MBA), and a PhD concentration in Information Systems. In addition, the college operates a Center for Information Systems. The department chair reports to the Dean, Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Develop, update, implement, and coordinate teaching, research, and service missions of the department.

Oversee budgetary, personnel, and program activities of the department; coordinate faculty promotion, tenure, and reappointment reviews and make recommendations to College Dean.

Oversee development, implementation, and revision of new and existing academic programs; oversee curriculum development; coordinate faculty workloads; develop course schedule.

Represent and promote department within the University and external community.

Oversee student advising; may advise graduate and undergraduate students.

May oversee internship, scholarship, or grant programs.

May serve as building curator.

Serve on various department, division, and University committees.

Provide leadership and oversight of a large/complex department (e.g., department with multiple units).

Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree in a relevant field; six years relevant experience; faculty rank as tenured associate professor or be qualified for such rank within the department.



Knowledge Of:

Academic programs; budgeting; personnel matters to include faculty relations and university governance; personal computer applications

Skill In:

Written and interpersonal communication

Ability To:

Provide leadership and direction; analyze situations and develop effective solutions

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Preferred Qualifications: faculty rank as tenured full professor or be qualified for such rank within the department.

Candidates will have (i) faculty rank as a tenured, full professor or be qualified for such rank within the department and (ii) leadership experience, consistent with rank, in internal service roles where high-quality research and teaching are the focus or significant contributions to the profession.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which may require assessments. Assessments could take the form of interview questions, a request to provide work samples or a written or practical test to assess job related competencies.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:


Special Instructions Summary:

 To be considered for the position, candidates must complete an online application, including (i) a letter of interest, (ii) an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and (iii) a list of three references.

The search committee will begin to review applications on January 16, 2023. The deadline to submit all materials is January 30, 2023 at 11:55 pm EST.

Candidates in all areas of information systems, business analytics and closely related fields will be considered. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and level of appointment.

For inquiries about the position, please contact the search committee chair Dr. Pratim Datta at (

Additional Information:


Kent State University is the largest university in Northern Ohio and is recognized as a Very High Research Activity (R1) institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Kent State University serves approximately 33,000 students across eight campuses, with 25,000 students on the Kent campus. In addition, the university operates an academic center in Florence, Italy. With enrollment of 3,500 students, the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and graduate programs including the PhD degree. The college maintains dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting, as it pursues its mission to generate societal impact through top-tier research, innovative education, and meaningful engagement with the business community. In Summer 2024, the college will move to Crawford Hall, a new state-of-the art facility currently under construction. Crawford Hall will contain several specialty labs including a dedicated Business Analytics Lab and a Behavioral Research Hub.

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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