Education Department Chair

Posted on November 27th, 2018 by Travis Dix

This position is a notable opportunity to join a university experiencing growth, increased retention rates and enrollment. It is ideal for an accomplished educator and change agent committed to the preparation and continued success of professional educators. This is an exciting opportunity to transform the Education Department and set the course for the future.


  • An earned Doctorate in education or related field
  • Proven record of teaching, research and scholarship, service, appropriate for an appointment to the faculty as a tenured professor
  • Teaching and administrative experience in education
  • At least three years leadership and administrative experience
  • Experience working with certification or boards, including VDOE, SACS, and CAEP
  • Demonstrated success in developing internal and external partnerships, with K-12 and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership
  • Experience in selecting, evaluating, promoting and retaining high quality faculty and staff
  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Consensus-building leadership style
  • Ability to support excellence in teaching
  • Commitment to student learning and success
  • Excellent budget management skills
  • Strong record of effective organization and administration
  • Promoting a culture that values diversity
  • Ability to foster strong working relationships with academic, alumni, community, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated understanding of the need for active student recruitment and retention

Primary Responsibilities

The Chair of the Professional Education Department supervises on-campus undergraduate and graduate programs which are on-campus and online. This Department offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the following endorsement areas: Elementary Education PK-6; Special Education General Curriculum PK-12; Administration and Supervision; Computer Science; Curriculum and Instruction; Driver Education, English, Mathematics, and History/Social Science 6-12; Reading Specialist; Health and Physical Education, Theater Arts, and Visual Arts PK-12.

Leadership and Management Responsibilities

The Chair will be responsible for the administration of all instructional programs, budgetary management, faculty development, evaluation and assessment of educational programs, and developing and maintaining high academic standards for the program.

The Chair also oversees student recruitment; evaluation; reappointment, promotion and tenure of education faculty; supports faculty development in teaching, scholarship, and research.

The Chair will supervise, document, and report results of program assessments, as well as work collaboratively with appropriate faculty in implementing and updating the long-range strategic vision and plan for the Department.

ADA & Travel Requirements

This position requires all of the following to be performed, with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Use of telephone, computer keyboard, mouse, screen, software programs such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe Creative Suite and other industry standard software
  • Ability to communicate clearly, orally (listening and speaking) and in writing to express and exchange ideas.
  • Ability to perceive sounds at normal speaking levels and receive detailed information through oral communication.
  • Visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; expansive reading; and operate motor vehicles.
  • Ability to assemble, analyze and present data.
  • Work is typically performed inside with protection from weather, with some temperature change.

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Position involves sitting for extended periods as well as walking to attend meetings and events.

Submit Letter of Interest, Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), and 3 Professional References to:

Selection Committee, Education Dept., c/o Dr. Sue Davis
Averett University
420 West Main St.,
Danville, Virginia 24541

Email address:

Please note:  Review of Applications will begin as of January 18, 2019.  Applications received by this date through January 31, 2019 will have first consideration.

Please note:

  • Background checks are required for all positions.
  • An applicant must have an unrestricted right to work in the U.S.
  • Averett University’s policies, programs and activities, including hiring practices, comply with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression and veteran status.
  • Averett University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.