Department Chair, Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus (ERAU-W) seeks a dynamic, nationally recognized academic leader who will serve as chair for the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS). This is an on-site position at Embry-Riddle Worldwide Headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL. This position will include a tenured faculty appointment at the associate professor or professor rank. As a member of the dean's leadership team and a tenured faculty member in the college, the successful candidate will teach one course per year and maintain an exemplary level of research and scholarly activity.
A Ph.D. degree in a behavioral or social sciences discipline clearly connected to the department's programs and courses is required. Applicants should have a demonstrated record that will qualify them for appointment to a tenured faculty position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, preferably with work that emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the behavioral and social sciences.
The ideal candidate will be a well-established scholar in a field relevant to the department with a clear vision for supporting the growth of the Master of Science in Human Factors, the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management, and the Bachelor of Science in Safety Management programs.
The candidate will have demonstrated skills in leadership, project management, development of personnel, strategic planning, and budget management. The position also requires an ability to work collaboratively with internal and external constituents as a member of the department, college, and university. Additionally, candidates should have experience with a broad range of innovative methods of instruction and assessment. While this position will be based at Worldwide Headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL, department faculty are located around the world and work remotely. As such, candidates will be highly adept at digital communication and proficient at motivating and leading virtual teams.
Reporting to the dean, the BSS department chair's responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Represent departmental needs and issues on the dean's leadership team and implement college priorities in the department
- Provide comprehensive leadership to and represent the department under the supervision of the dean
- Guide the development of the department according to the college's Strategic Guidance that connects to the university's Strategic Plan
- Manage faculty workload and travel budgets
- Offer mentorship, guidance, and recommendations in the faculty promotion and tenure process
- Serve as the intermediary between department faculty and college administration
- Evaluate teaching and performance for full-time faculty and a large pool of adjunct faculty
- Hire adjunct faculty
- Work with administrative specialists on course scheduling
- Ensure the quality of curriculum and courses
- Support the development and growth of programs
About the College of Arts & Sciences:
Based on its Strategic Guidance, the College of Arts & Sciences at ERAU-W develops and supports career-ready graduates and advances all students to be lifelong learners and leaders in their professional disciplines. The college's vision is to be a destination for multidisciplinary studies and impactful collaborative research as well as continue to be a national leader in general education, developing opportunities for our diverse student population to fulfill their educational goals and become responsive, responsible global citizens.
The college comprises four departments: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Humanities and Communication; Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and Security and Emergency Services. The college delivers courses online as well as on several sites across the United States and around the world. Currently, four graduate and five undergraduate programs are offered, as well as several undergraduate minors.
The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences serves as the home for the MS in Human Factors and Occupational Safety Management; the BS in Safety Management; Minors in Economics, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Occupational Safety and Health; and provides foundational economics, psychology, and safety courses that support general education requirements and prerequisites to other Worldwide degree programs.
The college also delivers the general education program to all Worldwide Campus students, providing over 2,000 sections annually, with a focus on developing students' capacity in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, communication, scientific literacy, cultural literacy, technological literacy, and collaboration. The Worldwide Campus has an enrollment of more than 23,000 students, delivering courses globally online via Canvas, synchronously via EagleVision to both homes and classrooms, face-to-face at over 130 locations, and in a blended format.
Embry-Riddle's Worldwide Campus has earned a top five ranking during the past nine years for Best Online Bachelor's programs from U.S. News & World Report.
About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:
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An earned doctorate in a Behavioral or Social Sciences discipline clearly connected to the Department's programs and courses.
A demonstrated record that will qualify candidates for appointment to a tenured faculty position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, preferably with work that emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences.
Well-established scholar in a field relevant to the department with a clear vision for supporting the growth of the Master of Science in Human Factors, the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management, and the Bachelor of Science in Safety Management programs.
Demonstrated skills in leadership, project management, development of personnel, strategic planning, and budget management.
Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external constituents as a member of the department, college, and university.
Experience with a broad range of innovative methods of instruction and assessment.
Must be highly adept at digital communication and proficient at motivating and leading virtual teams.
Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled; the expected start date will be no later than August 1, 2024. Applications should include a current CV and a detailed letter discussing experience, academic qualifications, and background that demonstrate a fit with the college and the position. Selected candidates will be required to secure three professional references as part of the review process.
Questions can be directed via email to Dr. David Higgins, Search Committee Chair, at HIGGINSD@erau.edu.