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Department Chair - Urban Ed (Undergrad Level)

Davenport University
Job Location:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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TITLE: Department Chair-Urban Ed (Undergrad Level)

WORK LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit or Warren

DEPARTMENT: Academic-College of Urban Ed

COMPENSATION RANGE: $80,000- $85,000 - Actual pay offered will be commensurate with academic rank, candidate qualifications and experience, and pay equity both internal and external.


The Department Chair for Urban Education Undergraduate Programs is responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum and courses within the department. This position is also responsible for the management and course assignments of all faculty and adjunct faculty within the department. Additionally the department chair will manage and oversee training of observation/coaching instructors that coach students in service-learning practicums within BS Urban STEM Education programs. This will include weekly debriefing/training meetings with the observation team and regularly scheduled site visits to schools and service learning sites where students and observation/coaches are assigned. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University’s mission, vision, and values which include diversity, equity and inclusion. 


  • Hires, supervises, mentors, evaluates, and trains full-time and adjunct faculty, observation/coaches within the department. 
  • Develops, implements, and assesses programs, curriculum, service learning site protocols and courses approved by the College Dean or applicable academic leader. 
  • Assesses academic programs annually and leads the Program Review Process, adhering to university policies and procedures. 
  • In collaboration with the scheduling committee, develop year long course schedules and assignment of faculty to courses. 
  • Review of course syllabi to ensure compliance with University requirements and guidelines. 
  • Teaches between 3-12 credit hours annually. 
  • Prepared to teach in all locations and modalities including online (synchronous and asynchronous), in-seat, and off-campus sites including dual/middle college.
  • Ensures that courses within the department are delivered consistently and with quality, including internships and externships.
  • Facilitates the ordering of textbooks and software for all departmental courses. 
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships and productive partnerships with school districts and administrators and community partners. Work collaboratively with faculty/staff in all areas to increase enrollment, diversify revenue and enhance opportunities for students and the University. 
  • Develops appropriate measures of program effectiveness and performs periodic assessments as appropriate. 
  • Facilitates training, in conjunction with the Office for Professional Excellence, for faculty on curriculum and related technology changes within the program. 
  • Secures appropriate resources and technology to deliver quality programs. 
  • Assists marketing and admissions departments in the promotion of department programs. 
  • Participates in internal and external events to promote the University and its programs. 
  • Provides resolution to student issues and concerns according to University policy and procedure. 
  • Participates in appropriate professional organizations and continues professional development to maintain and to develop subject matter expertise and pedagogy. 
  • Reviews and approves curriculum substitutions according to department guidelines. 
  • Submits faculty credential report to the Associate Dean each semester. 
  • Holds regular departmental meetings.
  • Participate in appropriate committees. 
  • Provides GREAT customer service, anticipating and exceeding the needs of our customers.
  • Understand and abide by all external and internal regulations and policies. This includes NCAA, GLIAC and national affiliations associated within athletics or other role specific regulations.
  • Demonstrate and promote the University Cultural Values. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in field related to STEM Education required. Doctoral Degree in related field preferred. 
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in a related field. 
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills. 
  • Teaching experience (preferably in higher education) along with work experience in area of specialization. 
  • Experience in planning and developing courses. 
  • Professional manner and attire. 
  • Must be able to critically think, analyze data, read and process detail information in written form. 
  • Commitment to life-long learning and professional development.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach classes in multiple formats including in-seat and online.
  • Ability to work accurately and effectively with computerized data systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working environment, spirit of cooperation and positive reactions to change and conflict resolution.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, both written and oral which transcend diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and relate well to students, parents, faculty, staff, and others while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated motivational and problem solving capabilities with a high degree of integrity, ethics, and dedication to the mission of the University. 
  • Business office environment. Prolonged sitting and standing. Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain).
  • Some travel between locations required (own transportation). No regular lifting requirements, occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to work an irregular schedule, evenings or Saturday as needed, additional hours during peak times or as required.


As a full-time team member, you will be eligible for a robust array of benefits that include medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with 10% employer contribution, tuition remission, generous paid-time-off, life insurance, disability, flexible work arrangements, professional development opportunities and more!

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