Fort Valley State University
  • 01-Jun-2020 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Fort Valley, GA, USA
  • Other

FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (FVSU), a state and land-grant institution of the University System of Georgia,
invites applications for the position of Department Chair, Counseling for the College of Education and Professional Studies. 



The Department Chair, Counseling for the College of Education & Professional Studies is dedicated to supporting FVSU's commitment to meeting the higher education needs of the state, region, and nation through innovative teaching, selfless service, and applied research. Reporting to the Dean, the Department Chair is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the Department of Counseling.

The work consists of varied management, supervisory and instructional duties requiring good management skills and work within a complex environment. The purpose of this position is to manage the operations of an academic department, consisting of primarily graduate programs of the College of Education & Professional Studies. Success in this position is measured by student and faculty success, student enrollment and the overall success of the programs in the department.



  • Assists the Dean in the development and maintenance of curricula representative of the discipline and supportive of the educational objectives of the College.
  • Has direct supervision over department faculty and may also supervise clerical staff and/or graduate assistants.
  • Evaluates, recruits and recommends the appointment of faculty to the Dean.
  • Manages the quality of education and works to ensure student success.
  • Uses data informed strategies to increase student persistence and retention.
  • Develops course offerings and class schedules in collaboration with faculty.
  • Recommends the development of, and oversees the department budget.
  • Evaluates faculty and staff each year and makes recommendations for personnel actions.
  • Reviews and responds to faculty and student disputes.
  • Teaches courses with a reduced course load (i.e., 12 credits/academic year).
  • Advises students as appropriate in the academic discipline.
  • Actively participates in the recruitment of students.
  • Holds regular departmental meetings as the academic leader of the department.
  • Manages accreditation in all the areas represented in the department.
  • Serves as a voting member of the Graduate Council.
  • Provides support to faculty for professional development and scholarly work.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge and familiarity with the disciplines in the department
  • Knowledge of CACREP accreditation processes and requirements.
  • Experience with managing budgets.
  • Knowledge of innovative teaching practices, the effective use of technology and pedagogical methodologies
  • Proficient in instructional technology, Office 365, and innovative strategies used to deliver effective student learning outcomes in online programming.
  • Skill in the delegation of responsibility and authority in the management of an academic department.
  • Skill to make timely decisions and meet deadlines.
  • Skill in decision-making and data informed problem solving
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in working with various internal and external constituencies.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.



  • Doctorate degree in Counseling or related field with appropriate licenses or certifications.
  • A minimum of seven years of teaching and advising experience in higher education, preferably with management experience at the coordinator or department chair level, and experience with graduate education.
  • Must have the faculty rank of Associate or full Professor.
  • Academic accreditation experience.
  • Academic assessment experience.
  • Experience with online teaching and pedagogy.


Application Process:

1. Application packet must include:

  • A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • At least five references with full contact information including emails. (References will not be contacted without consent from applicants); and
  • Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application.



Fort Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against applicants, students
or employees on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status.

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