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Chair, Department of Education, Associate or Full Professor (Internal CESS Search)

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The Department of Education in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair at the rank of full professor or associate professor. We seek applicants who wish to provide collaborative leadership to our socially progressive department and vibrant intellectual community. Knowledgeable and caring faculty, hands-on experience, cutting-edge research, and student-centered, collaborative learning are central tenants of our undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education, reading and language arts, curriculum and instruction, and special education. Degrees at the graduate level are offered in Curriculum and Instruction, Middle-Level Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.


The Chair is the administrator responsible for leading, managing and coordinating the work of the Department. As such the chairperson works closely with the CESS Dean, the various program coordinators, the department Business Manager, and the faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The Department’s academic staff consists of tenure-line faculty and senior lecturers and part-time lecturers, most of whom are covered by the full-time or part-time collective bargaining agreement between the university and United Academics. There are four members of the administrative staff for the department. The chair also works collaboratively with other chairs within CESS and with the directors of the Center for Disability and Community Inclusion, Campus Children’s School and the Tarrant Institute.

Specific Responsibilities: The Chair is responsible to the CESS Dean for the effective management and coordination of the work of the department. This includes specific responsibilities defined by university policy. These responsibilities include making faculty assignments, recommending faculty appointments and reappointments, supporting tenure-line faculty in the promotion and tenure process, supporting the professional development of all faculty, mentoring and conducting annual performance reviews of faculty, attending to courses of instruction, budget preparation and administration, and assessing the effectiveness of departmental instruction and advising. Please see the University Officer’s Manual ( The Chair/Director also is responsible for scholarship and teaching as a member of the DOE faculty.

In adherence with Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation policies and standards, the Chair, directors, program and field education coordinators, and the faculty work collaboratively to design department administrative and leadership processes, develop curriculum, assess program effectiveness, and formulate and implement policies that support the educational mission of the Department. The chairperson also represents the department in the larger education community and its national organizations (AERA, CEC, CAEP, AOE, etc.).

Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership

In collaboration with Dean Thomas, the DOE’s new chair will further strengthen the Department and the College in an era of remarkable change and challenge in education. Our College-wide vision and Strategic Plan serve as important guides for the work ahead. The next Department Chair should be committed to the College’s five core principles of our work. We are 1) student-centered, 2) family-focused, 3) community-based, 4) culturally competent, and 5) collaboratively developed. The next Chair will assume leadership of a strong Department with a successful CAEP accreditation in 2017. Major areas of the Chair’s leadership responsibilities include the following:

Realizing Growth and Coherence in Graduate Programs

This requires possessing (or gaining) an understanding of the current needs of Vermont educators. What pressures and tensions are being presented in our schools? What new opportunities does Act 77 present, particularly in terms of secondary school reform? Have new teacher endorsements arisen in the past five years that create new opportunities? How might we better position the DOE to leverage any or all these to draw more students to opportunities for the high-quality advanced training offered through the Department? What is the role of summer institutes in meeting teacher needs? And how might the DOE use existing Accelerated Master Programs, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and 5th-year programs to boost program enrollment further?

Evolving the DOE into a “future ready” teacher education program

With CAEP behind us, we face an exciting opportunity. What should the DOE look like? How can we as teacher educators define and model effective practice? What does it mean to prepare future ready educators for contemporary schools, in Vermont and beyond? This requires the capacity to bring people together around a common mission. It also requires acknowledging that, in many instances, the DOE needs to continually look outward to learn/adopt the most relevant pedagogies nationally and globally. And it requires acting upon this knowledge to promote curricular and programmatic changes that support the realization of the objectives specified in the CESS Strategic Plan.

Supporting and mentoring faculty

The Department has a rich composition of faculty positions that bring its programming to life. An understanding of the value of the powerful intellectual roles played by lecturers and tenure-line faculty alike is imperative. The Chair must be committed to recruiting and retaining to achieve a diverse faculty and supporting faculty all along their varied career trajectories. This includes support for tenure and promotion for tenure-line faculty and professional development and continued intellectual support for those not on the tenure line. In short, cultivating a departmental culture of ongoing professional and intellectual development at all ranks is imperative.

Creating a data-informed department (and program) culture

The new chair will need to foster a culture in the DOE—and particularly within programs—that actively uses data for ongoing program improvement geared at student success and program impact. This will require collaborating effectively with the Director of Assessment, Data and Accreditation, as well as help faculty and program coordinators understand which data are available and how they can be used to maximize student and program outcomes.

Continuing to strengthen the Department’s student-centered mission

We will continue to create efficient pathways through our programs to enable undergraduate students to complete their work in four-years and to ensure that graduate students complete rigorous programs of study within specified time frames. Our first principle is being student-centered in all of our work, and our academic programs and advising processes should model this. With students’ mental and physical health issues continuing to escalate, the new chair will need to collaborate effectively with the CESS Office of Student Services as well as other student support entities on campus.

Minimum requirements
Candidates must hold the rank of tenured full professor or tenured associate professor within the College of Education and Social Services. Preference will be given to candidates with more than three years in rank at the level of associate professor. An earned doctorate in education or a closely related discipline is required. At least two years of relevant, successful administrative/leadership experience such as program coordinator, department chair, or director is required. Candidates must demonstrate an active record of scholarship and currency in a subfield of education and the ability to balance excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service with strong collegial, communication, and collaborative leadership skills.

Application Process
Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2018.

Preferred starting date is July 1, 2018. Please apply online at Include a current CV and a cover letter with a description of interest and qualifications for this position. This description should include a response to the Specific Responsibilities (see above) as well as the Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership (see above). Applicants should also provide a statement regarding the potential contributions to be made to diversity within the College. For more information about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Professor Kathy Fox at or (802) 656-3166.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Search Committee

Kathy Fox (Chair of Search Committee), Professor of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences
Ellen Baker, Director or Teacher Education, Lecturer, DOE (elected by department for membership)
Shana Haines, Assistant Professor, DOE (elected by department for membership)
Lia Cravedi, Senior Lecturer, DOE
Bernice Garnett, Associate Professor, DOE
Michael Giangreco, Professor, DOE
Cynthia Reyes, Associate Professor, DOE
Susan Roche, Social Work, Associate Professor and Department Chairperson

Job Open Date 01/18/2018
Job Close Date
Job Type Tenured

Position Information

Posting Number F1016PO
Department Education/53010
Advertising/Posting Title Chair, Department of Education, Associate or Full Professor (Internal CESS Search)
FLSA Exempt
Position Number 007899
Employee FTE .75
Employee Term (months) 9

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document (1)