Wednesday, October 29, 2014

JOB: Director of School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration - Kent State University

Kent State University

School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

Setting: Kent State University ( is located in Northeast Ohio, a geographic area rich in institutional diversity. Kent, Ohio ( is a mid-sized community on the Cuyahoga River, approximately 10 miles from Akron, 35 miles from Cleveland, and 40 miles from Youngstown. With an enrollment of more than 42,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and off-campus programs, the university is ranked among the nation's 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2013, the Chronicle of Higher Education honored Kent State in its list of "Great Colleges to Work For." The Director of the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration is the chief administrative officer of the School and reports directly to and is accountable to the Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services. The School of FLA ( offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree and houses the programs of Cultural Foundations; Educational Studies; Evaluation & Measurement; Higher Education Administration; Hospitality Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; PreK-12 Educational Administration; Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management; Sport Administration; Sport & Recreation.

The Director of the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration (FLA):

  • maintains shared problem-solving and ongoing intellectual dialogue about teaching, scholarship, programming, and issues related to the evolving educational environment;
  • recommends the reappointment, non-reappointment, tenure, promotion, sanction, and or dismissal of faculty members in the School, as well as appoints and directs the nonacademic staff of the assigns workload to faculty members and facilitates scheduling of courses;
  • engages in fiscally-responsible management of unit resources;
  • advocates for and represents faculty in School, College, and University affairs, forums, and contributes to the scholarly culture and climate of the School;
  • promotes good communication and morale within the School; 
  • develops administrative and educational policies in collaboration with faculty in the School; ensures implementation of School compliance with University, Administrative and operational policies, rules and regulations, and any applicable collective bargaining agreements;
  • performs other tasks and duties as assigned and may include, but are not limited to following the progress of graduates, building and maintaining relationships across Kent State University’s multiple campuses, providing orientation to new faculty, and such.

Qualifications: An earned doctorate in or related to a program area housed in the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration; a research and teaching record appropriate to appointment at the preferred rank of professor; demonstrated leadership experience related to management of academic programs; an ability to recruit, sustain, and retain faculty and staff; a record of commitment to program, student, and faculty success; demonstrated collaborative, inclusive, creative, and entrepreneurial management style; an ability to effectively represent the School within the College and University, to prospective and current students, to alumni, and to external organizations, agencies, and other stakeholders; a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity; experience and/or a clear interest in international activities

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Application and Appointment Dates: Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will begin July 1, 2015. Kent State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Applications: Please apply at Please send a detailed letter of qualifications; curriculum vita; copies of official transcripts; and names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of three references.

For additional information, questions or nominations, interested parties should contact:
Dr. Alexa L. Sandmann, Search Committee Chair
Director, School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Kent State University
Phone: 330-672-2580

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