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College of Education

Open Positions

Department Chair, Instruction and Teacher Education

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 Instruction and Teacher Education with a start date of August 2017.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in teacher education, curriculum or related field;
  • An established national record of scholarship that merits a tenured faculty appointment at the level of full/associate professor in a discipline represented in the department;
  • An established record and passion for leading a department that prepares educators to work effectively with those who have been traditionally discriminated against, excluded, or marginalized locally, nationally, and internationally;
  • Willingness to establish partnerships with government agencies, professional organizations, schools, and other stakeholders to advocate for high quality education and social justice for all learners;
  • An established record of mentorship and a desire to build a collaborated spirit within the department and college
  • Knowledge and appreciation of multiple types of research/creative activity (including multiple paradigms);
  • Successful supervisory experience;
  • Experience with doctoral level programs;
  • Excellence in written and oral skills;
  • A desire to work in a dynamic environment.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in designing and leading new initiatives/programs (including online programs) to advance the mission and goals of the department and college
  • Administrative experience including budget management, course scheduling, mentoring/evaluating faculty and supervising/evaluating professional staff
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and working with diverse populations and
  • Appreciation for interdisciplinary research.  

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The College of Education application process is conducted online at; please reference Requisition Number 011464, 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 April 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Linda Nilges, 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 embraces family-friendly policies that provide a flexible work environment and an academic culture supportive of faculty members and their families. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career families.