Overview

General Description: 
This is a full-time, eleven- or 12-month, faculty position responsible for serving as the chief administrator of an academic department while exemplifying those faculty qualities most valued by the academic community: teaching excellence, scholarly and creative activities, and a commitment to university and community service. Responsible for the development and implementation of department, college and university policy; setting the tone of the department through daily interaction with colleagues and departmental staff; and serving as advocate for the department’s needs to the administration and an interpreter of administrative policy to faculty members and students. The chair is an administrator, the quality of whose performance has fundamental impact on the success of the institution in attaining its specific goals. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This is a security-sensitive position. Reports to the dean.

For additional information regarding position requirements, see Specific Job Requirements/Duties below.

Essential Job Functions: 
1. Establishes and maintains a departmental climate conducive to the pursuit of knowledge.
2. Provides leadership in the establishment and maintenance of a visionary direction and standards for the academic unit, consistent with the college and university mission.
3. Serves as an advocate for the department, college and university.
4. Assures program quality through evaluation, modification and development of programs and curriculum.
5. Responds to the needs, responsibilities and requirements of students, faculty members, administrators, the public and other constituencies.
6. Manages fiscal resources by preparing and administering the department budget, maintaining effective and efficient department office procedures, and, where appropriate, coordinating fundraising activities with the college and university.
7. Manages and allocates physical resources.
8. Establishes, maintains and communicates effective personnel procedures and processes, including recruitment and hiring procedures; evaluation of department members for retention/termination, tenure, promotion, and merit raises; and the promotion of faculty development.
9. Promotes the academic unit as a representative to external organizations/activities.
10. Assigns faculty workloads and verifies the accuracy of workload reports for each faculty member in the department.

Non-Essential Job Functions: 
1. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
1. Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, university policies and procedures.
2. Ability to receive a tenure-track appointment in one of the disciplines within the department.
3. Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with university faculty and staff, students, and the general public.
4. Ability to work collaboratively and build strategic relations with colleagues, coworkers and constituents.
5. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
6. Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.
7. Ability to develop objectives, evaluate effectiveness and assess needs.
8. Ability to manage a budget and work within the constraints of that budget.
9. Ability to develop, interpret and evaluate policies and procedures.
10. Ability to supervise and train others.

Education: 
Terminal degree in the field of the academic department, allowing the individual to teach within the department.

Experience and Training: 
Sufficient experience to warrant a tenure-track appointment in one of the disciplines within the department. Strong record of research and other scholarly achievements is required. Experience in academic administration is preferred.

Work Hours: TBD

Special Instructions: To apply: Candidates must complete an on-line application profile at https://careers.sfasu.edu. Candidates must submit: 1.) a letter of application that outlines the applicant’s interest, qualifications, and experience for the position; 2.) a curriculum vitae; 3.) and a list of three references, including their complete contact information. 

Candidates must also submit all official transcripts by mail to:
Dr. Kenneth Farrish, Search Committee Chair, (936-468-3701), Department of Geology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Box 13011 SFA, Nacogdoches, TX 75962. 

Review of applications will begin on January 9 and will continue until the position is filled. EOE; security-sensitive position; criminal history will be checked.

Specific Job Requirements for this Posting: The Department of Geology at Stephen F. Austin State University invites applications for the department chair position. We seek an individual with strong management, communication and interpersonal skills to provide innovative and energetic leadership for the education, research and outreach missions of the department. Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work and service. Through the personal attention of our faculty and staff, we engage our students in a learner-centered environment and offer opportunities to prepare for the challenges of living in the global community. The University has an enrollment of about 13,000 students, with 633 full- and part-time faculty members (http://www.sfasu.edu). SFA is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, approximately 145 miles north of Houston and 150 miles southeast of Dallas. Nacogdoches (http://www.visitnacogdoches.org) is a community of about 30,000 located in the East Texas Forest Country. The Department of Geology offers the Bachelor of Science in geology, with options in general geology and environmental geology, and the Master of Science in geology. The department has approximately 75 undergraduate students and 25 graduate students, six tenure-track faculty positions, one instructor, one lecturer/lab coordinator and an administrative assistant. 

The chair will have the following general responsibilities:
Managing curricula, budgets, student enrollment, personnel, program and unit assessment
Developing strong, mutually beneficial relationships with industry and alumni
Teaching a reduced load of courses and developing a research program in his/her area of expertise
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must possess the credentials, experience and documented achievements in teaching, research and service appropriate for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, including:

Earned doctorate in geology or closely related field from an accredited institution;
Effective communication and organizational skills;
Effective leadership skills;
Experience in developing external funding opportunities

Contact Name(s): Dr. Kenneth Farrish
Contact Phone/Extension: 936-468-3701
Contact Email: kfarrish@sfasu.edu
Contact Fax: 936-468-2437

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