The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University actively seeks a dynamic academic and administrative leader who is able to promote an environment of shared inquiry and mutual respect. The Department consists of a vibrant community of scholars composed of 20 tenure system faculty, and 21 fixed-term, specialist, adjunct, and emeriti faculty. The Department offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. To serve our research, teaching, and outreach missions, HDFS operates the Child Development Laboratories educating children ages six weeks to five years in inclusive settings and the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic which serves patients from the University and greater Lansing community. More information about the Department can be found at https://hdfs.msu.edu.
The Chairperson functions as the chief administrative officer of the Department and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Social Science. The Chairperson serves as the primary voice and advocate for the Department at the College and University levels, and actively nurtures relationships with alumnae and donors, with whom the department retains close ties. The Chairperson also must foster collaboration within the department, and between the department and College, University, and external systems, including funding agencies, private foundations, and community organizations. A commitment to the land-grant mission of the University and to strengthening the capacity of HDFS to lead in this mission will facilitate this work. The Chairperson should contribute to the department’s vision of excellence in research, teaching, and outreach, and facilitate the implementation of the vision with a commitment to equitable treatment of all members of the Department. The Chairperson must actively foster a research culture within the department, and facilitate grant-seeking, entrepreneurial, and fundraising activities. The Chairperson must maintain and build diversity among HDFS faculty, students, and staff.
Specific responsibilities of the Chairperson include but are not limited to:
Provide facilitative leadership to advance the diverse portfolio of the Department; Oversee all Departmental degree programs; Coordinate and manage Departmental hiring of exceptional candidates; Conduct equitable performance evaluations of faculty and staff and utilize a strengths-based approach to faculty development; Facilitate the mentoring of tenure-system and fixed-term faculty; Foster a culture of collaboration, creativity, and mentorship; Facilitate and support a culture of extramural grant-seeking; Work cooperatively within the governance structure of the Department; Represent the Department and work cooperatively within the larger governance structure of the College and University; Foster and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; Manage and administer Department budget and provide oversight in the procurement of financial and other resources; Lead long- and short-term strategic planning initiatives; Advance the Department’s national and international reputation; Assist in determining academic program priorities; Serve on the College leadership team of chairs and directors; Work with the College to implement the College’s strategic plan; Build an advisory board to support future development efforts
Doctorate -Human Development and Family Studies or equivalent in HDFS or a related discipline
Tenured faculty member with Ph.D. degree or equivalent in HDFS or a related discipline; Strong record of peer-reviewed publications and external funding relevant to HDFS; A thorough understanding of the university’s research, teaching, and outreach enterprises; Demonstrated capacity to foster collaboration among faculty and engage in participatory decision-making process within the Department; Exhibit skills that promote fair and ethical treatment of all Department members
Professor or qualified for appointment as Professor; Leadership experience in an academic environment
Required Application Materials
Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae with a letter describing their administrative philosophy and vision, qualifications and interest in the position, research background and scholarship, a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity/inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and contact information for four references. Applications should be submitted at ebs.msu.edu under the My Career & Training menu and the Careers@MSU link.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Review of applications will begin January 25, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. This position will start August 1, 2019. Inquiries can be directed to the Search Committee Chair Dr. Hope Gerde (firstname.lastname@example.org, 765-426-8625).
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