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Department Head, Political Science

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Background Check

When required this offer of employment is contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Valdosta State University, as determined by Valdosta State University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check.

Position Details

All Valdosta State University faculty share the responsibility of teaching courses at multiple levels as needed in their respective disciplines. To carry out our comprehensive mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to successfully engage students as they launch or continue their intellectual journey.

Classification Information

Regular/Temp Regular
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time

Position Information

Position Title Department Head, Political Science
Job Search Identifier Faculty
Proposed Salary Commensurate with credentials and experience.
General Summary of Responsibilities

Valdosta State University seeks qualified applicants for a fiscal (12-month) administrative faculty position in the Department of Political Science to serve as the department head. Position is tenure earning and rank is dependent upon credentials.

Reporting directly to the Dean of the College, the department head is responsible for the overall day to day functions of the Political Science Department. This includes, but is not limited to:

•Hiring, managing and evaluating faculty members within the department.

•Conducting periodic Departmental meetings.

•Scheduling classes and sections for each faculty member in each academic semester.
•Advising, scheduling, overseeing internships and providing overrides, where appropriate, for students during the academic year.

•Teaching required courses during the academic year.
•Conducting required research during the academic year.
•Attending required conferences, including those associated with academic presentations during the academic year.
•Participating in Executive Committee meetings during the academic year.
•Attending monthly University Department Head meetings.

•Serves as Budget Manager for the departmental budget.

For more information on the position contact Dr. Ross, Search Chair, via email

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Poliltical Science or a closely related field.

Demonstrated leadership abilities in managing personnel, budgets, and administrative duties.

Meets qualifications for tenure and appointment as associate professor or professor.

Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong leadership skills.

Administrative experience.

Ability to interact effectively with community

Physical Requirements

Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodation.

Ability to communicate with reasonable accommodation.

Position Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time, fully benefited (30+ hours)
Standard Hours 40

Essential Duties of the Position

The duties below reflect 90% of the employee's responsibilities. There is an additional 10% reserved for professional development and any other duties that may be assigned.

Job Duty


Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty


Percentage Of Time 25
Job Duty

Service and research

Percentage Of Time 15

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number F00281
Desired Start Date 07/01/2018
Open Date 12/01/2017
Close Date 02/01/2018

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. What is your highest level of completed education?
    • High School/GED
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • ABD
    • Doctorate Degree

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts
  6. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
Optional Documents