Chairperson, Academic Department - INTERNAL APPLICANTS ONLY

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Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: History - Kent Campus [100148]

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 History at Kent State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the rank of Associate or Full Professor starting July 2024.


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:




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 submit their application using, including (i) a statement of management style, (ii) a statement of goals as the Chairperson, and an up to date curriculum vitae.  Any questions about this position please contact Chair Professor Elaine Parsons.


Candidates in all areas of management will be considered. The preferred start date is July 1, 2024, with a possible negotiated start date in early January 2024. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and level of appointment.


For inquiries about the position please contact the Interim Department Chair Dr. Steven Dennis at

Additional Information:



Must pass a security check.

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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