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Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy

Kennesaw State University
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Kennesaw, Georgia
Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy

Job ID: 234716
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
The mission of the KSU Department of History and Philosophy is to provide the highest quality in teaching for each of our majors and general education students. Beyond careful conveyance of salient content, departmental instruction aims to develop higher-order thinking, meaningful self-reflection, and understanding. Students should emerge from History and Philosophy courses with a deepened understanding of their own culture, as well as the culture and world views of others. They should embrace the importance of life-long learning, possess enhanced written and oral communication skills, and be prepared to serve as able advocates for the betterment of society.

We encourage and value research that enhances teaching, expands the boundaries of scholarly understanding, and serves our communities and the public interest. We aim to foster student-faculty and interdepartmental dialogue and scholarship in the pursuit of both individual projects and collective knowledge, and we strive to be a community of mutually supportive scholars whose members share ideas and expertise with one another.

Job Summary
Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a twelve-month, tenured faculty position as Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy, beginning July 2022. The position includes supervising more than seventy-five full-time and part-time faculty in History, Philosophy, and History Education.

The chair is responsible for providing department leadership and oversees the department's academic programs and budgets. The successful candidate should be an accomplished scholar with demonstrated administrative leadership skills and the ability to create an environment for collaboration, transparency, and shared governance. The chair will have the responsibility to promote and contribute to diversity, inclusion and equity. Working in collaboration with department faculty, department staff and the dean's office the chair will support and enhance teaching effectiveness, scholarship and research, student success and community outreach.

Other responsibilities include:
  • Serves as a member of the Dean's Leadership Team
  • Assures the academic integrity of undergraduate and graduate programs and courses in the unit
  • Collaborates with the advising, admissions and unit faculty to advise students and review transfer, credit by exam and other policies related to recruitment, student success and academic integrity; approve course substitutions as needed
  • Responsible for recruiting, hiring, onboarding, mentoring and retaining unit faculty and staff in keeping with university policies and procedures
  • Responsible for assigning faculty and staff workload, course scheduling, faculty and staff development
  • Collaborates with the College Director of Development and Marketing in identifying community partners, development opportunities and charitable gifts
  • Collaborates with the dean's office and offices across campus to manage enrollments, schedule classes, recruit students, develop new programs, assess programs and the unit, collect and report data, manage resources, and effectively communicate and implement policies and procedures
  • Supervises program coordinators, graduate program directors, assistant/associate chairs and the internship coordinator
  • Completes annual performance review for tenured/tenure track faculty and staff in the unit. Oversees annual performance review for lecturers and senior lecturers. Manages systematic review of part-time faculty
  • Oversees part-time faculty payroll each semester and faculty payroll for summer including non-instructional pay
  • Makes recommendations on promotion/tenure/merit and oversees multiyear faculty reviews
  • Collaborates with offices across campus to assure that policies and procedures are communicated and implemented including but not limited to Faculty Affairs, Legal Affairs, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Student Success, Human Resources, Career Services and the Registrar's office
  • Leads in the development and implementation of unit Bylaws and Promotion and Tenure Guidelines in keeping with the principles of shared governance and college and university policies and procedures
  • Manages grievance and appeal policies related to all unit employees and students enrolled in courses/programs
  • Responsible for budget management of the unit; proposes budget, plans spending, and approves spending in various online systems adhering to state and university policies
  • Responsible for daily administrative tasks including management of the unit's office, assigned space, and technology
  • Facilitates training in course development and effective teaching to include training and approval of online courses taught by full and part time faculty in the unit
  • Oversees the development and updating of the curriculum for academic programs in the unit and general education as necessary
  • Models research and creative activity through regular conference presentation and publication in appropriate national and international professional academic venues
  • Facilitates and supports research and scholarly activity, professional service and outreach
  • Maintains appropriate files, records, and data pertaining to unit operations as required by the Dean and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs with due concern for confidentiality
  • Participates in college/university/USG governance committees and task forces, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean
Required Qualifications
  • An earned doctorate degree (or its foreign equivalent) in History, Philosophy, or related field
  • A successful record of administrative experience in a department, college, or university setting
  • Achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service warranting appointment at the rank of full professor in the department
  • Ability to lead in a fast-paced, complex environment
  • Experience advocating successfully for faculty
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with, and commitment to, shared governance
  • Accomplishments related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in developing and/or leading curriculum development, including graduate curricula
  • Experience in building relationships external to the university
  • A record of cultivating external and internal sources of funding
  • Ability to provide support for online course development
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise personnel
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty in building a strategic vision for the department
Required Documents to Attach
  • Current curriculum vitae with contact information
  • Letter of application that addresses the candidate's qualifications, and which might also include comments on leadership, teaching, research, and diversity
  • List of 3 references with contact information
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required for finalists)
  • Teaching evaluations (most recent: 2 years)
Optional Attachments:
  • Sample publications
  • Leadership philosophy statement
  • Other
Apply Before Date
For full consideration, please apply by November 15, 2021. This position is open until filled.

Contact Information
For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Dr. Olaf Berwald,, 470-578-6366.

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007.

Participant ID: 61415

Background Check
Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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