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Department Chair, Educational Leadership and Policies

The College of Education at the University of South Carolina is seeking applications for a dynamic leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies with a start date of August 2017.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policies focuses on two areas: CD-12 educational administration and higher education and student affairs. The instructional programs prepare administrators and professionals to provide educational leadership in both public and private sectors in the areas of educational administration and higher education and student affairs.

The department chair provides academic and administrative leadership and conducts regular departmental and program coordinators’ meetings. The department chair represents the interests of the department at appropriate meetings, assists with data collection for self-studies as well as departmental, college, and university reports, encourages faculty to pursue a rigorous research agenda including external funding, prepares course schedules, coordinates course schedules, oversees graduate programs, manages student concerns, becomes knowledgeable about and manages the department in accordance to these policies, participates in professional development activities and professional organizations and performs other duties as assigned.  The successful candidate will have a doctorate in educational administration or a related field and must have a record that qualifies for the rank of full professor at the University of South Carolina. The ideal candidate is a scholar/leader who displays high energy, research excellence and a commitment to diversity and program improvement.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution doctorate in educational administration or a related field;
  • A demonstrated record of scholarship that merits a tenured faculty appointment as a full professor;
  • Evidence of an established record of mentorship and a desire to build a collaborative spirit within the department and college;
  • Knowledge and appreciation of multiple types of research/creative activity (including multiple paradigms);
  • Experience and success in obtaining external funding;
  • A commitment to serving diverse constituencies in a shared governance environment;
  • A record of professorial excellence;
  • Successful supervisory experience;
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills;
  • A desire to work in a team-based, dynamic environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in designing and leading new initiatives or programs to advance the mission the department and college;
  • Experience including budget management, mentoring faculty and supervising professional staff;
  • Evidence of being a creative thinker, and an appreciation of interdisciplinary research.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The College of Education application process is conducted online at; please reference Requisition Number 011118, or visit this link

Application materials accepted online include: (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vita, (3) list of at least three professional references to include e-mail addresses and phone numbers, (4) a copy of unofficial academic transcript for all degrees earned (official copies will be required of finalists), and (5) two sample publications or pieces of scholarly work. Review of completed applications will begin December 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Erik Drasgow, Search Committee Chair,


The University of South Carolina has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career families.