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Department Head (Associate/Full Professor) for Sociology and Criminal Justice

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Professor & Department Head
Posting Title Department Head (Associate/Full Professor) for Sociology and Criminal Justice
System Member Institution/Agency TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - COMMERCE (TAMUC)
Department SOCIOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE / 21-120190
Posting Number F00001FY18
Salary Commensurate
Pay Basis Annually
Job Close Date
Geographic Location Commerce
Budget Type Budgeted/Benefits - Full-Time
Is this position restricted by the Patriot Act? No
Is this position D.O.T. regulated? No
EEO AA Statement

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Position Summary Information

Job Summary

The Department Head will provide creative and dynamic leadership for our interdisciplinary department that includes the following programs: B.A./B.S. and MA/MS in Sociology; BSCJ in Criminal Justice and a 100% online MS in Applied Criminology. The Department Head serves as the chief advocate for advancing the mission and goals of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. The head will ensure program assessment and documentation of departmental performance and will be expected to lead by example to ensure recruitment and retention of students, faculty success, alumni relations, securing and managing extramural funding and other scholarly and fundraising initiatives.

Major/Essential Duties of Job

• Academic program responsibilities of the Department Head include reviewing existing programs for relevancy, initiating curriculum development when needed, developing new programs as the market requirements change, and maintaining program quality at all levels with assistance from faculty.
• Update course schedules and rotations annually.
• Accountable for efforts to achieve a diverse faculty and staff, faculty development and faulty evaluations.
• Promote an academic climate within the department that is conducive to intellectual inquiry.
• Teaches, performs research, scholarly and creative activity, and services commensurate with appointment.
• Plays a leadership role in matters pertaining to student body.
• Assists with and ensures recruitment and retention of a diverse student body.
• Monitor effective student academic advising. Monitors graduation rates and ensures compliane with university, system and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requirements.
• Practices share governance with faculty.
• Maintains compliance with university rules about hiring of graduate assistants, promoting proper training and mentoring to enable them to perform their job assignments professionally.
• Represent the department through collegial interaction within the department, college, university and community.
• Facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds, having an appreciation for multicultural and diversity issues (connecting them to pedagogy, programming and service).
• Plans, organizes and leads effective department meetings.
• Oversees department budget.
• Develops face-to-face and online courses.

Occasional Duties

This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned. Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to promotion of diversity and thus all employees are expected to facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. The University has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Required Education and Experience

PhD. From an accredited university in criminology, criminal justice, sociology or a related field.

Seven years of effective teaching at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Budget oversight or management experience.
Significant evidence of academic administrative ability and effectiveness. Demonstrated teaching, research and scholarly activities, and service to department, college, university, profession, and community. Experience building effective class schedules. Experience teaching face-to-face, as well as, online courses. Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) for programs and individual classes, while also creating instruments for assessment / achievement of SLO’s.

Preferred Education and Experience
Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations
Preferred Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations
Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Strong interpersonal, leadership, and management skills. Evidence of ability to work with faculty and staff in terms of professional improvement, assessment, responsiveness to university/college policies and procedures. Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues from a variety of disciplines. Demonstrated ability with elevating, promoting, and mentoring faculty.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Other Requirements or Other Factors
Preferred Other Requirements or Other Factors

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you see this position advertised?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • HigherEd Jobs
    • Workplace Diversity
    • Work in Texas
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Job Fair
    • This Website
    • Other
  2. If you selected Other, please let us know where you saw the position advertised.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a PhD. from an accredited university in criminology, criminal justice, sociology or a related field along with seven years of effective teaching at the undergraduate or graduate levels?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have demonstrated ability with elevating, promoting, and mentoring faculty?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * This position is located @ Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas not at College Station in Bryan, Texas. Please indicate you are interested in working in Commerce, Texas.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcript
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Other Document 2
  3. Other Document 3