University of Tennessee at Martin — Chair, Department of Educational Studies

The Position
The Department of Educational Studies seeks applicants for the Department Chair and Associate Professor/Professor. This is a full-time, tenure-track position.

The University
Named “Best College in the Southeast” for 14 consecutive years by the Princeton Review, the University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus in the University of Tennessee System. The University of Tennessee at Martin provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs to West Tennessee and beyond. From the founding in 1900 of Hall-Moody Institute, through the establishment in 1927 of UT Junior College, to today’s status as a comprehensive public university, UT Martin is committed to preparing students for success in the global economy.

UT Martin’s investment in its faculty and instructional technology is helping to ensure that the university’s graduates are prepared to meet the challenges in an international economy. The state-of-the-art Instructional Technology Center, located in the Paul Meek Library, brings instructional technology capacity to all university faculty members. Accolades range from being ranked first among Tennessee public institutions for students’ satisfaction with their entire educational experience, one of 183 schools in the world to earn the All-Steinway School designation, to being listed 17th in the Washington Monthly’s 2016 College Rankings in the “Best Bang for the Buck Southern Colleges” category.  We provide a high quality, affordable 4-year experience for students from rural Tennessee, across the United States and Globally.

The campus is located in Northwest Tennessee approximately 125 miles north of Memphis and 150 miles west of Nashville. The University of Tennessee at Martin has a combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of approximately 8,100 students. The emphasis is solidly on excellence in teaching, research and outreach. We seek candidates who demonstrate the same commitment and expectation.

UT Martin enjoys a low ratio of instructor to student, with 86% of classes with 30 students or fewer. Our retention for the 2015 freshman class boasts over 72% returning for their sophomore year. Our student population is diverse and broad: 42 states and 34 countries are represented among our campus. Our campus facilities include 48 buildings on a 250-acre main campus and 680 acres of teaching and research lands. Our students are who we are and in 2015-16 academic year, the community benefited from their involvement in community and academic service learning, contributing more than 20,000 volunteer hours.

The Department
The Department of Educational Studies has as its primary mission the preparation of P-12 classroom teachers, administrators, and school service personnel for the public schools in Tennessee as well as the nation. Some options exist for students desiring to obtain the skills and strategies of the education professional for use in nonpublic school situations.

The Department of Educational Studies offers graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as licensure programs in a variety of educational and counseling fields.  The first Call Me MiSTER® program in the state of Tennessee is located at UT Martin.

Additional information about the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Department of Educational Studies can be found at: http://www.utm.edu/departments/educate.

Duties of the Position
The successful applicant will assume a leadership role in the administration of the department, including implementing the curricula, supervision of faculty, employment and supervision of clerical and supporting personnel, management of department physical facilities and equipment, and the department budget. The successful candidate must be able to administer CAEP accredited and undergraduate programs in early childhood, elementary and secondary education, special education and graduate programs with majors in teaching, education leadership, and clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, service to the department and the university, and other scholarly activities normally associated with the department. A typical teaching load is 6 credit hours per semester.  The Chair reports to the Dean of the college.

Professional Qualifications
Candidates must have an earned doctorate from an accredited college or university in an academic discipline included in the department; demonstrated teaching ability, scholarly productivity and service to merit an appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor.  This individual must demonstrate effective leadership, communication, and administrative skills.  Candidates will possess experience and knowledge related to the CAEP (previously NCATE) process, teacher licensure state regulatory agencies, online instruction, and P-12 teaching.

Rank & Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply
Interested persons must submit an online application at:
http://www.utm.edu/departments/personnel/employment.php or www.utm.edu and click “Employment” at the bottom of the page.  Applicants must attach the following items:

  • Letter of application
  • Current vita
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of leadership philosophy
  • Official transcripts for the terminal degree
  • Three original, current letters of reference

Application Deadline
The Search Committee will begin evaluating complete applications Summer of 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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