The Ohio State University — Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning

The Search 

The Ohio State University (Ohio State), a top 20 public research land-grant university and the state’s flagship, invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning (T&L) within the College of Education and Human Ecology. From its prominent and diverse programmatic offerings that include: Adolescent, Post-Secondary and Community Literacies; Foreign, Second and Multilingual Language Education; Literature for Children and Young Adults; Multi-Cultural and Equity Studies in Education; STEM Education and others, the department is uniquely positioned to positively influence the human condition through its boundary-spanning entities and world-class faculty. 

The College of Education and Human Ecology has more than 150 tenure-track faculty, a host of clinical, term, visiting faculty, lecturers and 5,100 students. The College is organized into three departments: Teaching and Learning, Educational Studies, and Human Sciences. In addition, EHE has lecturers across the college. EHE also has several centers and works closely with OSU international offices, to ensure its programs have both local and global impact. EHE has achieved national prominence in numerous fields and presents a unique opportunity for an entrepreneurial and collaborative leader to leverage its distinctive components. The next Chair will benefit from the exceptional resources of Ohio State, as well as the vibrant city of Columbus, Ohio, to contribute to a singular academic enterprise that serves the needs of the entire state of Ohio and beyond. With more than 66,000 students on six campuses, Ohio State is situated in the center of the country and is a national exemplar of how a university can enact positive change in its community locally, nationally, and globally. With its enrollment, OSU is the third largest university in the country. 

The next Chair will arrive at an opportune moment at a college and university with the necessary leadership, resources, and vision to have a dramatic impact on society.

The Role of the Chair

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE), the Chair provides leadership in governance, personnel, and financial matters to the Department of Teaching and Learning (T&L) across the main campus in Columbus and five regional campuses in Mansfield, Lima, Newark, Wooster and Marion within the College of Education and Human Ecology. Congruent with the University’s mission and college goals, the department Chair provides leadership, direction, and continuity for planning and operational execution in research, education, and administrative activities and represents and advocates on behalf of the department. The Chair represents the Department of Teaching and Learning to state & federal agencies and industry constituents. The Chair also maintains effective relationships with the department’s stakeholders and diverse constituency groups. The position supports the academic programs to sustain excellence in research, teaching, and outreach. The Department Chair drives strategic planning, administers departmental budgets, and advocates for and supports the faculty, staff and students. Additionally, the position supports faculty to generate external funding for research, programs, and other activities tied to EHE’s mission.

The College of Education and Human Ecology

Since its founding in 1895, The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology has purposefully leveraged its unique combination of strengths to address social, educational, health and consumer needs in a comprehensive and transformational approach. EHE prepares professionals and leaders for action in the lab, the classroom, in business, and the community. EHE’s mission is to resolve pressing educational, health and wellness, and social needs locally, statewide, and beyond. EHE’s core values include Excellence, Justice, Diversity, Innovation and Internationalization.

The College of Education and Human Ecology has aligned its programs into three areas: the Department of Educational Studies, the Department of Human Sciences, and the Department of Teaching and Learning. With nearly 1,000 faculty and staff, EHE offers 21 undergraduate degree programs, 19 graduate degree programs, and 19 endorsements and license-only programs. The college serves more than 5100 undergraduate and graduate and professional students each year, of whom nearly 300 attend from outside of the US. Eight of EHE’s graduate education programs are ranked among the top 10 in the country according to U.S. News and World Report, with another four in the top 20. The college as a whole is ranked 6th among the Big Fourteen universities. 

Research in EHE brings together theory and practice to extend its impact in the state, nation and world. External funding for scholarly endeavors surpassed $25 million for FY2018. The College of Education and Human Ecology houses five research centers to bring individuals together to work collaboratively on innovative projects that improve quality of life. These centers include:

  • Schoenbaum Family Center (SFC): provides exceptional learning opportunities and resources to families so that all children may enter kindergarten ready to learn and continue on successful educational trajectories. SFC includes the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning, a national model for best practices that delivers high-quality, research-based education and child care to young children with a commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice.
  • Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CCEC): a college-level research center dedicated to conducting high-quality, empirical research on how to improve children’s learning and development in the home, the school, and the community. 
  • Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE): CETE translates research into practices resulting in a prepared and effective workforce and healthy communities that support well-being and economic prosperity.
  • Walter E. Dennis Learning Center (DLC): provides academic learning services and support to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all academic backgrounds that enable them to enter, excel in, and complete postsecondary education programs.
  • Data Access and Analysis Center (DAAC): a fully resourced academic research center charged with advancing the design and conduct of high-quality research in EHE.

In June of 2018, the College of Education and Human Ecology brought on a transformational, innovative leader in Dean Don Pope-Davis. Dean Pope-Davis (PhD, Stanford University) is ranked among the top researchers in the country for his work in psychology and multicultural education. As a part of his strategic vision, Dean Pope-Davis launched affinity groups and major initiatives such as the Urban and Rural Education Initiative; Diversity in teaching and hiring; the Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Program (PFP @ EHE); and the Dean’s Faculty and Staff Fellows to name a few. 

The Department of Teaching and Learning

As one of the leading and top-ranked institutions in education, The Ohio State University’s Department of Teaching and Learning has excellent programs to achieve educational and career goals. Our world-renowned faculty know how to get the best out of their students and prepare them to become leaders. The Department of Teaching and Learning consists of 38 tenure-track faculty and 39 full-time staff members. Additionally, we have a population of talented lecturers and adjunct faculty who contribute to the strong theory and practice bridge in the department. 

Our highly sought after Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral degrees, and related specializations and certifications give students and professionals the opportunity to focus their studies in 42 different academic programs and to add endorsements and specializations to their studies that broaden their prospects as future leaders, practitioners, clinicians, and other professionals. In the Department of Teaching and Learning, the following programs are ranked among the nation’s best by the U.S. News and World Report:  

  • #8 in Curriculum and Instruction
  • #9 in Elementary Teacher Education
  • #9 in Secondary Teacher Education 

In support of our community and the university, the Department of Teaching and Learning’s English as a Second Language (ESL) programs provide extraordinary learning opportunities for international students and non-native speakers of English including the American Language Program, ESL Composition Program, and the Spoken English Program. Additionally, T&L houses the university’s Reading Recovery® Project, a research-based, short-term intervention of one-to-one teaching for the lowest achieving first graders. The project affiliates with 27 teacher-training sites in Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia, and the unit’s International Data Evaluation Center (IDEC) processes evaluation research data for all Reading Recovery® programs in the United States. Other notable efforts are:

  • International/Global Efforts including multiple Study Abroad programs and Fulbright training. 
  • The Martha King Center provides a forum for dialogue across diverse communities about the study of language and literacies. We are particularly committed to disrupting simplistic understandings of literacy. Our world class faculty contribute to research and teaching that uncovers complex ways that humans make meaning of themselves and the world, toward the goal of solving complex problems.
  • The Columbus Area Writing Project (CAWP) is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a collaborative university-school staff development program to improve the teaching of writing education in the nation’s classrooms. To this end, the CAWP hosts an intensive, professional development Summer Institute designed to improve the teaching of writing. It is for teachers at every grade level and in every subject area.
  • Project VIBE (Visual Impairment MED and Applied Behavior Analysis MA in Education) Is a grant funded initiative that trains students to work with students with visual impairments.

Opportunities For The Next Chair

The Department of Teaching and Learning has many distinguishing strengths including a dedicated staff, diverse offering of academic disciplines, strong partnerships across the state, talented and accomplished faculty, a diverse and dedicated student and alumni body, and a commitment to social justice, inclusivity and community engagement. Over the past century, the department and other entities within the college have trained thousands of professionals serving the state of Ohio and beyond. EHE has a platform of a flagship urban land grant university with a President who emphasizes Teaching and Learning, Access and Affordability, Research and Creative Expression, Academic Healthcare, and Operational Excellence and Resource Stewardship (see https://president.osu.edu/strategicplan/). EHE is uniquely positioned to have a profound impact on both individuals and communities. An innovative, culturally responsive and entrepreneurial Chair has an unparalleled opportunity to work with our new dean to enact positive change. To achieve these goals, the Chair will address the following opportunities and challenges:

Build and strengthen a diverse and inclusive community
The Chair will be a key figure in the Dean’s mission to further diversify the EHE community and assure the success of students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds. It is expected that the Chair will embrace students, staff, faculty, and community partners from diverse backgrounds and will clearly demonstrate a personal commitment to equity, community, and inclusiveness. The Chair will publicly encourage an atmosphere that welcomes and celebrates diversity, including differences in social and economic backgrounds, lifestyle, gender, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, and in the promulgation of varying approaches to, and views on, intellectual issues.

Empower faculty and staff to continue providing world-class teaching, scholarship, and service
The Department of Teaching and Learning’s faculty and staff are among the very best in the world. The Chair has the opportunity to enable individuals within the department in a variety of fields to continue producing exemplary teaching, research, and service both in the classroom, the lab, and beyond. To do so, the Chair must create spaces and places to bring people together and incentivize new and innovative processes. The Chair has the opportunity to leverage technologies, governance and collaborative practices, considerable resources, and interdisciplinary efficiencies to lead the department.  

Increase community partnerships and impact
EHE’s programs are vitally linked with professional practitioners in the local community and across the state. The next Chair will leverage existing and create new community-based partnerships such as those with the Columbus City Schools, and OSU regional campuses to connect the department with the greater Columbus and broader Ohio communities and civic agencies.

Identify opportunities and methods for increasing enrollment
OSU operates within a Responsibility Based Budget Model. The Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning will work to identify alternative practices and methods to drive program and course creation and enrollment.

Increase and enhance research and scholarly activity
EHE brings together theory and practice that extends our core work to the state, nation and world. Our award-winning researchers are making new discoveries and creating new knowledge that address critical issues, shape policy and prepare students to serve the world. 

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities:

  • Doctoral degree in a discipline within or related to teacher education and one of the foci of the department. 
  • Extensive record of teaching, scholarly research and service that justifies appointment at the rank of tenured full professor at a Doctoral/Research University and the ability to be tenured. 
  • Previous experience leading complex departments at a research university or commensurate units including personnel management, faculty development, and budgeting. 
  • Demonstrable record of achievement in enhancing diversity, equity and social justice in the mission of the department. 
  • Demonstrable record of change and organizational transformation.

Additional desired qualifications: 

  • Experience managing and supporting large multidisciplinary programmatic areas.  
  • Experience within a Responsibility Based Budget model environment or equivalent experience with enrollment management and budgeting.
  • Ability to facilitate entrepreneurial interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Demonstrable record of leading change.

How to Apply:

Please send updated Curriculum Vitae and a Leadership Statement to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14924 that :

  • Addresses the required qualifications and provides a synopsis of leadership activities. 
  • Provides examples or vision of establishing a positive culture and/or inclusive climate for students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Describes your philosophy of teaching and learning. 
  • Provide 3 references – contact information only

Please send any questions to the Search Committee Administrative Manager at kerr.248@osu.edu.  Application reviews will begin Nov 30, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  

EEO:  The Ohio State University is committed to building and maintaining a diverse community to reflect human diversity and improve opportunities for all. The university embraces human diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and eliminating discrimination. Ohio State does not discriminate against any individual based upon age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment and admission.

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