Department Chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Department Chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Employer

Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 336-723-0371

Salary/Grade

Commensurate with experience

Benefits

Yes

Job Category

  • Instructional (Faculty)

Application Period

Opens: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Closes: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Target Start Date

Monday, April 1, 2019

Expected Work Hours

Varies

Employment Type

Full-time (12-month)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Hold an earned Master’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, History or closely related area teaching discipline. * Note: Degrees and hours must be from a college accredited by a US Dept of Education accepted accrediting agency such as SACSCOC. *
  • Two years teaching experience in higher education.
  • Two years leadership or supervisory experience.
  • Understanding of distance learning technologies.
  • Understanding of assessment for continuous improvement.
  • Willingness to travel to multiple campuses as necessary

Preferred Qualifications

• Doctoral degree in Psychology, Sociology, History or closely related teaching area discipline
• At least three years of teaching experience in a community college.
• Experience teaching hybrid, online and/or ITV courses.
• Experience in assessment and planning for continuous improvement.
• Understand and be committed to the unique nature and role of Forsyth Tech.

Position Description

In addition to performing the duties of an instructor and program coordinator, a department chair provides coordination, oversight, leadership and day-to-day supervision and operation of the department. This individual is also responsible for planning and budgeting, course scheduling, evaluation of instructors, student evaluation of instruction, recruiting and employment of full- and part-time faculty, and student appeals as outlined below. The chair will teach a reduced class load. The successful candidate will be a dynamic faculty leader and an excellent departmental manager, who will help the college improve and expand student learning in Social behavioral sciences discipline. In addition to performing the duties of an instructor and program coordinator, a department chair provides coordination, oversight, leadership and day-to-day supervision and operation of the department. This individual is also responsible for planning and budgeting, course scheduling, evaluation of instructors, student evaluation of instruction, recruiting and employment of full- and part-time faculty, and student appeals. This is a 12 month position.

*A cover letter will be required upon application submission

 

Teaching and Learning:
• Assume responsibility for teaching assignments as recommended by the department chairperson and approved by the dean.
• Facilitate the learning process by designing and implementing instructional activities that are appropriate and meaningful.
• Adhere to the departmental course guidelines and ensure that content covers SACS-approved competencies.
• Order supplies and materials for labs supervised and prepare lab activities and assignments as needed.
• Fulfill the duties of clinical or lab instructor in supervision of students as applicable.
• Assume responsibility for maintaining all required college records including attendance and grade reports, roll books, etc. 
• Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments where applicable.
• Evaluate student performance using methods appropriate to the course.

Curriculum Development:
• Maintain, review, and update course descriptions, objectives, and outlines for courses of instruction and develops new courses of study as necessary.
• Consult with program coordinators and faculty regarding the selection of supplies, equipment, equipment repairs, textbooks for courses of study, and the scheduling of classroom and laboratory facilities.

• Participate in departmental activities relative to revising and updating the program(s) in the area of expertise.
• Assist with the development of new programs in the area of expertise.

Advising:
• Assist with the coordination of advising procedures and processes.
• Provide assistance to advisees.
• Participate in department, division and college-wide advising activities.
• Learn and maintain proficiency with program requirements of assigned advisees.
• Use the computer and the college’s student information system to assist advisees.
• Follow up on all assigned advisees.
• Attend training sessions relative to advising.

Professional Development:
• Develop a professional development plan that is approved by the dean and participate in those activities that achieve approved professional development activities.
• Maintain current licensure, certification, or other professional credentials required for position.
• Maintain membership and participation in professional organizations.
• Read professional literature.
• Keep abreast of current technology.
• Attend workshops, conferences, and professional meetings.
• Participate in on-campus professional development activities.

Institutional Service:
• Adhere to all institutional policies and procedures.
• Attend all required department, division, and college-wide meetings.
• Serve on committees as required.
• Participate in college-wide activities.

Community Relations:
• Maintain contact with specialized vocations where applicable.
• Be alert to public relations opportunities and use these to promote the college and the department.
• Plan and conduct advisory committee meetings.
• Provide administration with information for institutional publications.

Personnel:
• Recommend teaching assignments for approval by the dean.
• Recruit credentialed and qualified full- and part-time faculty for teaching assignments.
• Participate in interviews and recommend employment of full and part-time faculty.
• Orient new instructors to the job’s responsibilities and to the College’s operations and policies.

• Evaluate instructors as assigned by the dean and make recommendations regarding continuation or termination of employment.
• Assume responsibility for informing all program faculty about institutional policies.

Finance, Facilities and Equipment:
• Assess and plan the departmental budget as part of the division’s budget proposal to the vice president.
• Assist the dean in supervision of department’s budget.
• Approve requests for supplies, equipment and instructional materials as appropriate.
• Maintain an equipment inventory.
• Maintain equipment and facilities according to acceptable standards.
• Assure the availability to program faculty of supplies, equipment and instructional materials.

Program Development:
• Assess, prepare, and implement annual tactical goals in consultation with program coordinators and other departmental faculty for approval by the dean.
• Recommend to the dean textbooks for adoption and supplementary materials for acquisition.
• Oversee the development of course descriptions and outlines.
• Prepare materials for recommended curriculum changes.
• Prepare annual curriculum course schedules in consultation with other departments and divisions for approval by the dean.
• Recommend individuals to serve on curriculum advisory committee.

Other:
• Make decisions regarding course caps and overriding filled courses.
• Hear informal student appeals and settle disputes between students and instructors.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the department chairperson and dean.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• The employee will regularly use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk or hear.
• The employee may frequently stand, walk, and sit.
• The employee may occasionally reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
• The employee may lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Encounters low to moderate noise levels in the work environment.

How to Apply

Interested candidates please apply to the Forsyth Tech applicant portal at https://careers.forsythtech.edu/

Job Post Contact

Forsyth Technical Community College
Main Campus - Allman Building
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
Phone: 336-734-7302
Fax: 336-761-2309
Email:  forsythtechhr@forsythtech.edu