Associate Professor/Professor and Chair of Humanities
Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability; health & lab sciences; business & communication; and the arts & humanities. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of '29), and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."
Chatham University seeks a visionary leader for its Humanities Programs. Chatham’s Humanities program has a significant focus on Creative Writing with an emphasis in Travel writing, Environmental writing and Social Justice. The department offers undergraduate majors in English, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, and Women’s & Gender studies. We also offer an MFA in Creative Writing, Master’s in Professional Writing, and MA in Communication. We are looking for a creative scholar, dedicated teacher, and collaborative administrator committed to interdisciplinary work. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The successful candidate will also share the department’s commitment to an active and intentional diversity and will be able to engage and inspire students of all backgrounds and identities.
The Chair will be responsible for the recruitment, development, and performance management of the department’s faculty. The Chair will provide curricular leadership, oversee programmatic accreditation, and manage all undergraduate Humanities programs and will work with the Program Director of the MFA program. The Chair will work collaboratively with other such as Professional Writing and Immersive Media and will be expected to develop partnerships with area community colleges and other educational institutions. The Chair will also teach courses within her/his/their discipline.
The position is a 12-month appointment beginning July 2019 and has a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition to the administrative functions, the position includes teaching, research, and service responsibilities.
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Leading the Humanities Department
- Ensuring academic integrity in all programs
- Coordinating accreditation activities for all programs
- Teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students in Creative Non-fiction and English
- A Ph.D. in Creative Writing and/or English that would allow for appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level
- Evidence of teaching excellence at the university level
- Evidence of scholarly and creative activity
- Evidence of a strong commitment to mentoring and working with undergraduate and graduate students
- Assist with the preparation of each semester’s schedule
- Update department course rotation as needed
- Assist in the evaluation and improvement of courses and curriculum
- Conduct annual performance reviews of department faculty and adjuncts
- Review and determine faculty members to be forwarded to the Dean for teaching and research awards
- Guide/mentor new faculty
- Serve as a liaison between the department and the Dean
- Represent administration to faculty and faculty to administration
- Identify, recommend, and mentor qualified adjunct instructors
- Advise students and ensure department level availability throughout the year
- Consider faculty input for departmental decisions to ensure all departmental programs are represented
- Engage in, encourage, and assist department faculty with scholarly activities and the development of quality curriculum and instruction
- Lead and assist with accreditation and program reviews
- Prepare department budget for review by the Dean and the Business office.
- Provide recommendations for renewable contracts and promotion.
- Perform other duties as required by the Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and/or President
Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.
Interested candidates should visit www.chatham.edu/careers and follow the instructions to complete the application process. To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Deadline for applications is February 16, 2019.
Chatham University is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diverse employees.