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Department Head

Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research - Position ID: 998176


The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Head of the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research. The successful candidate will be an experienced educator with demonstrated leadership capacity to support the Department's partnerships with WKU and Kentucky's broader educational community.

The Department offers the following degrees/certifications: School Principal – Rank I and certification; Supervisor of Instruction – Rank I and certification; Director of Pupil Personnel – Rank I and certification; Superintendent – certification; Specialist in Education – School Administration; and Master of Arts in Education – Adult Education. The Department consists of 10 full-time faculty and offers programs at two extended campus sites and in on-line, hybrid, and face-to-face formats. The Department has recently revised its principal preparation program, in accordance with guidelines issued by Kentucky's Educational Professionals Standards Board. The new program places a strong emphasis on the partnership between the University and area school districts in the recruiting, training, and development of aspiring administrators and includes a particular focus on rich and meaningful field-based practicum experiences. Additionally, the Department faculty play a key role in two of the four strands within the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program (P-12 Administrative Leadership, Postsecondary Leadership, Teacher Leadership, and Organizational Leadership) housed in the College, approving program revisions, teaching leadership and research courses, and chairing and serving on doctoral dissertation committees.

Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in P-12 educational administration, adult education, educational research, or higher education administration
  • A demonstrated record of success as a P-12 administrator at the school and/or district level, or as an educational leader in higher education, adult education, educational research, or a related area
  • A demonstrated capacity for effective leadership, management, and communication with all stakeholders
  • A demonstrated capacity for professional service and successful teaching in one of the department's core areas
  • A track record of/or capacity for publishing scholarly work and leading the Department's commitment to collaborative efforts with other University representatives and among local school districts
  • A track record of/or capacity for service on and chairship of doctoral committees

Candidates should submit a) a letter of application addressing the qualifications noted above; b) a statement of leadership philosophy; c) an updated curriculum vitae; d) a transcript from the doctoral-granting institute (an official copy will be required prior to an invitation for an on-campus interview; and e) contact information for 3-5 references who can speak authoritatively concerning the applicant's candidacy (including titles and how they are qualified to speak on the candidate's behalf).

All materials should be sent to: Dr. Jacqueline Pope-Tarrence, EALR Department Head Search Committee, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd 61030, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Jacqueline Pope-Tarrence at (270) 745-4661, or jacqueline.pope@wku.edu. The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 31, 2014. The position is open until filled. The preferred starting date for the position is July 1, 2014, but an earlier starting date is negotiable.

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.



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