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Department Head - Computer Science

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First date of consideration will be December 1, 2017, and will continue until the search is completed. Apply online at Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3-5 professional references to the electronic employment application.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Department Head - Computer Science
Work Location Springfield Campus
Department College of Natural & Applied Sciences Administration
Pay Grade Unclassified
Position only available to current, regular, full-time Missouri State University employees? No, Position is available to all applicants.
Faculty Appointment Type Tenure Track
Term (if applicable) 12 month
Begin Date of Appointment 07/01/2018
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
General Function

The Department Head is responsible for administering an academic department within a college which may include and is not limited to, faculty recruitment and development, faculty evaluation, program development, program review, curriculum development, student advisement, departmental budgeting and budget control, class schedule planning, and general supervision of the teaching, research, and service and related scholarly activities of the department.

Description of Primary Duties

The Department Head works on a 12-month basis, with an initial 5-year term with annual review and the potential for re-appointment to additional terms.
Lead the Department in support of all programs (undergraduate and master’s-level) in the department. Ensure high standards of achievement, integrity and ethics for students, faculty and staff
Promote faculty/student research, grants, and publication activity. Ensure an active commitment to diversity. Facilitate effective communication; lead recruitment/retention of students; recruit, evaluate and recommend faculty for retention, tenure and promotion. Administer academic programs of the Department including scheduling, program review, assessment and accreditation; teach in the discipline.
Maintain ties with alumni and community
Supervise support personnel and manage departmental space and facilities
Plan and administer departmental budgets
Promote fundraising for the department in consultation with the Dean. Other duties as needed.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

The minimum acceptable qualifications for the position of Department Head are prescribed by the College Dean in concert with guidance from the Provost. A demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment is required.

Additional Qualifications

Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field. Record of excellence in teaching and scholarly achievements commensurate with appointment at the rank of Full Professor. Capacity for administration and leadership in all the activities of an academic department, including curricular development, teaching, scholarly productivity, faculty development and external relations. Familiarity with ABET accreditation is preferred. Success in balancing multiple job duties of teaching, research, and service. Familiarity with grant writing and administration. Experience developing student learning outcomes and comprehensive assessment plans. History of establishing and maintaining connections with community. Highly organized. Demonstrated knowledge working with diverse faculty, staff and students.

Link to Job Description
Open Date 09/29/2017
Close Date (If Close Date is blank then the posting is considered open until filled)
Special Instructions to Applicants

First date of consideration will be December 1, 2017, and will continue until the search is completed.

Apply online at

Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3-5 professional references to the electronic employment application.

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Background Check Statement

Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense.

Posting Detail

Posting Number 20170066FTF
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcripts - 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation-1 (Non-confidential)
  3. Letter of Recommendation-2 (Non-confidential)
  4. Letter of Recommendation-3 (Non-confidential)
  5. Other Documents -1
  6. Unofficial Transcripts -2
  7. Unofficial Transcripts -3