North Carolina State University, College of Education — Department Head, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences

Title: Department Head, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences
Position Number: 00065685
Job City/State: Raleigh, NC

About the College/Department: The NC State College of Education leads the way in North Carolina in preparing professionals, conducting research, and engaging communities to improve educational outcomes for all learners across the state and beyond. With 70% of its faculty grant active and over 120 funded research projects totaling over $84-plus million, the college is the most productive in terms of research activity in North Carolina and among the Top 5% of colleges of education in the nation. Research expenditures exceeded $17.2 million in 2020-21. The college’s faculty and researchers are widely-recognized thought-leaders who use their research to transform the practice of teaching, learning and leading, with particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching in STEM education and literacy; increasing diversity, equity, and access in education; and innovating leadership development, educational policy and evaluation.

The college has over 1,900 students across five graduate certificates, seven undergraduate majors, two undergraduate minors, 13 master’s degrees, three Ph.D. and two Ed.D. programs housed in three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. The college has approximately 130 tenure-track and professional-track faculty, 90 support and professional staff, and about 160 graduate and teaching assistants. It is also home to the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. The entire college is actively engaged in a transformative process to become an anti-racist college of education.

The Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences (TELS) comprises over 40 full-time faculty members, 300 undergraduate students, and 200 graduate students. TELS advances education through scholarship, leadership, and advocacy. Faculty in TELS prepare professionals who are committed to equity and social justice, have deep content knowledge, demonstrate a strong working knowledge of effective pedagogies, and realize the potential of digital technologies to enhance learning. The department offers a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences with areas of specializations in Educational Equity; Educational Psychology; Elementary Education in Mathematics and Science; Learning Design and Technology; Literacy and English Language Arts Education; and Social Studies Education. Additional areas in the Master’s programs include Curriculum Development and Supervision, Special Education, and the Arts of Teaching. TELS also offers undergraduate programs in Elementary Education (emphasizing mathematics and science), and Middle Grades English Language Arts and Social Studies Education. Through the bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., and certificate programs, the department exemplifies an innovative merging of teacher education and the learning sciences that results in new pathways for teaching, scholarship, leadership, and service. 

Position Description/General Scope of Duties: The Department Head for Teacher Education and Learning Sciences (TELS) is a thought leader who sets the strategic direction for the department, in support of the vision and mission of the college and the university. The Department Head provides leadership to faculty and staff in the department by supporting and building community, and also by providing a vision for programming growth and improvement. The Department Head is responsible for departmental budgeting, budget control, and all staffing. The Department Head also oversees all administrative matters and departmental processes, which may include, and is not limited to, faculty recruitment and professional development, faculty evaluation, faculty mentoring, promotion and tenure, program development, program review, curriculum development, student advisement and development, class schedule planning, and general supervision of the teaching, research, and service and related scholarly activities of the department. The Department Head promotes the department through representation in college, university, and external strategic initiatives and may also engage in research, teaching, doctoral education, publication, externally funded projects, and other professorial activities.

A Department Head reports to the Dean of the College and exercises supervision of the faculty and staff of the department. The Head also participates in the college leadership team.

Required Minimum Education and Experience: Requires doctorate degree in an area that aligns with those of the faculty and programs in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. A distinguished record of scholarship sufficient for appointment as a full professor at NC State. 

Required Skills: Demonstrated success in significant faculty leadership roles and university administration, demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, diversity, social justice, interdisciplinary work, educational innovations, and collegial leadership, demonstrated capacity for creative problem solving and community building, experience in managing budgets, aligning budgets with strategic priorities, and proactive resource development, outstanding, transparent, and inclusive communication practices, and outstanding interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:  A successful record of grant pursuits is preferred and experience with outreach, funding agencies, and university administration are desirable. A record of visionary program development is also preferred.

Application Materials: To apply, visit: Application materials should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin on April 1, 2022.