Professor & Department Chair

Position Information

General Information

Position Number 004874
Working Title Professor & Department Chair
Classification Title Department Chair/ Director
College College of Education (Col)
Department Special Education and Child Development
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per year 12
Primary Purpose of Department

The mission of the Department of Special Education and Child Development is to prepare highly effective and ethical professionals who have a positive impact on children, youth, families, community, and schools and who are successful in urban and other diverse settings. This mission is accomplished through teaching, research, and community engagement that lead to improved practice and by working in partnership with schools, communities, and university colleagues.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work

Responsible for the daily operation of the department and the department programs. The Department Chair/ Director will promote excellence in department programs within the University. Chair/ Director responsibilities are classified as professional duties requiring leadership and mentoring of faculty, administrative expertise to include vision, long term and short-term planning, decision-making and coordination of instruction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a growing research university, seeks a Department Chair for the Department of Special Education and Child Development. This is a 12-month position and will begin on July 1, 2018. For this growing and highly successful department, we seek a leader who shares our values of creating equitable and high quality educational and human service opportunities and our strong commitment to the teaching profession. We need an individual with the research maturity and vision to create an environment in which our growing research endeavors can be supported. We seek a leader who can mentor as well as evaluate faculty in research, teaching, and service and one who will build on our commitment to diversity and multicultural and inclusive education in an urban environment.

Minimum Experience/Education

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

Qualifications include: a doctoral degree at the current rank of Associate or Full Professor from an accredited institution with expertise in special education, child and family development, or gifted education; B-12 teaching and/or administrative experience; a strong record of teaching and advising; evidence of scholarly contributions to the field; and a continued record of effective professional service. Consideration also will be given to having a demonstrated commitment to leadership in diversity, experience in grant management with deep understanding of federal funding, performance review of faculty and staff, outreach to schools and communities, visionary organizational leadership, and national contributions to the field. The chair is appointed by the Provost on the recommendation of the Dean of the Cato College of Education, subject to approval of the Chancellor and Board of Trustees of the University.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications
Special Notes to Applicants

Please upload the following documents with your electronic submission:

1) A cover letter addressed to Dr. Fred Spooner, Chair of the search committee, indicating interest in position and highlighting achievements related to qualifications for position
2) A current vita
3) The names, addresses, email, and telephone numbers of four references

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017. This is a 12-month position and will begin on July 1, 2018.

For additional information or informal inquiries about the position, contact Dr. Fred Spooner, Chair of Search Committee at 704-687-8851 or

Any additional supporting materials should be sent to Micki Crowder (, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.

The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

Job Open Date 10/05/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 12/01/2017
Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2018
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents