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Department Head, Department of Applied Human Sciences

Company: Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

About This Role:

Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Head, Department of Applied Human Sciences, in the College of Health and Human Sciences. We seek a candidate who will provide collaborative leadership to a department that consists of 10 academic programs: Conflict Resolution, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Couple and Family Therapy, Early Childhood Education, Family and Community Services, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Integrative Human Sciences, Human Development and Family Science, Life Span Human Development, and Prevention Science. In addition, the department participates in the Great Plains Interactive Education Alliance (GPIDEA) and has three Extension Specialists through Kansas State Research and Extension (KSRE). The successful candidate must be a broad thinker, a strong advocate for the units, College, and University, a deliberate decision-maker, visionary, and responsible fiscal manager. The position reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide department leadership to promote excellence in academics, distance education programs, clinical instruction, basic and applied research, Extension, engagement, outreach, service, and extramural funding
  • Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, and the public to advance the mission of the department
  • Manage and evaluate the department's human, fiscal, and physical resources
  • Provide innovative leadership in strategic planning and securing resources
  • Recruit and support mentoring of diverse faculty
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with constituent groups, agencies, professional societies, university units, and the public
  • Provide leadership for the department's strategic plan
  • Coordinate with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) programs, staffing, funding, revenue development, and collaborate with peers from other member institutions
  • Enhance alumni relations and development activities
    This full-time, 12-month position at the rank of associate or full professor has a proposed starting date of August 2023, with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays). To see what benefits are available, please visit https://www.k-state.edu/hsc/benefits .

    Why Join Us:

    The Department of Applied Human Sciences (AHS) consists of 10 academic programs as well as Cooperative Extension and related grant programs. The department also supports the Family Center, Center for Child Development, and Speech and Hearing Center. The department employs about 80 faculty and staff members and 30 graduate assistants. We are home to over 400 undergraduates, 135 graduate students, and 300 minor and certificate students. The department currently has over $5.1 million in external funding. The department is committed to conducting comprehensive research with a focus on mental, physical, and relational health and well-being through multidisciplinary collaborations; providing transformational educational experiences to students; and enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through engaged and collaborative research, teaching, and service that addresses human needs and improves societal conditions.

    The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology) and three academic units (Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology; Physician Assistant Program; Nursing partnership with Wichita State University). The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions ( https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/ ).

    Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant institution renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 19,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. K-State was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America's best colleges and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S. The mission of K-State is to foster excellent teaching, research, extension, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community.

    K-State is centered on a 664-acre campus in Manhattan located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills. Manhattan provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation, and is the home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).

    Manhattan rates among the best classic college towns in the country - it's big enough (nearly 55,000 permanent residents) to offer opportunities and adventures, but small enough to maintain a strong sense of community. Forbes magazine ranked Manhattan #3 in the nation for best small places for businesses and careers ( https://www.k-state.edu/admissions/life/manhattan.html ).

    We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

    Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

    Worksite Options:

    This position is required to be on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment locations.

    What You'll Need to Succeed:

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Currently hold the rank of associate professor or professor in one of the, or closely related, disciplines represented in the Department of Applied Human Sciences
    • Evidence of a cooperative and accountable administrative style
    • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Evidence of an open, collaborative approach to decision-making
    • Evidence of commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging
    • Successful experience in fiscal management and coordination of human resources, academic, and service programs
      Preferred Qualifications:
      • Prior experience as a program chair or unit coordinator
      • Evidence of commitment to the land-grant philosophy
      • Demonstrated commitment to involvement with national, state, and local/regional service, professional, and scientific communities
      • Experience with the Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) model of budgeting
      • Knowledge of professional accreditation processes
      • Experience conducting and/or supporting interdisciplinary projects
        Other Requirements:
        • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
          How to Apply:

          Please submit the following documents:
        • Cover letter addressing the qualifications and expectations described above
        • Curriculum vitae (CV)
        • Contact information for three professional references
          Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Brad Behnke, Ph.D. ( bjbehnke@ksu.edu ), with the subject line: AHS Department Head Search.

          Screening of Applications Begins:

          The initial review of applications will begin on December 19, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

          Equal Employment Opportunity:

          Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

          Background Screening Statement:

          In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

          Advertised: Nov 08, 2022 Central Standard Time
          Applications close:

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