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Chair of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs

Kansas State University

College of Education

Rank:  Full Professor preferred; Associate Professor with promotion to Full Professor in a timely manner required.

Appointment:  12-month, full-time tenure track appointment beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

Beginning Date:  Negotiable

Location:  Kansas State University, Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs, College of Education, Manhattan, KS 66506

The Position

Kansas State University’s College of Education invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs.  The Chair serves as the spokesperson and advocate for the Department both within and outside the University.  This position offers an opportunity for providing dynamic leadership, encouraging creativity and innovation, and supporting colleagues in furthering the work of the Department in a Research I university.

We seek a candidate who is a dynamic leader who will continue the Department’s reputation.  This person should be dedicated to quality teaching and scholarly endeavors, and concerned for the professional development of faculty, staff, and students.  The successful candidate will develop, lead, and support both on-campus and online programs and will be expected to provide key leadership in exploring and creating new programming and establishing new partnerships related to the Department’s expertise.  The candidate will demonstrate well developed communication and interpersonal, organizational, and management skills.

The vision of the College of Education at Kansas State University is Preparing educators to be knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for a diverse and changing world.  This position, along with all positions in the College of Education, is directly responsible for advancing this vision and that of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs.

The Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs is one of three departments in the College of Education.  The Department provides graduate-level programs in Academic Advising, Counseling, Special Education, and Student Affairs.  In Academic Advising, a graduate certificate and master’s degree, both developed in collaboration with NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, are offered online.  A PhD in Leadership in Academic Advising, developed collaboratively with NACADA, will begin with its first cohort in Summer 2020. CACREP-accredited programs are offered in School Counseling (MS) and Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD).  In addition, the counseling courses are offered concurrently at the Olathe campus.  In Special Education, a master’s degree and EdD are offered, and in Student Affairs, a master’s degree in College Student Development, and a PhD in Student Affairs in Higher Education are offered.  Service courses in Special Education and Educational Psychology are offered through the Department for undergraduates in Education.

Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant university 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 approximately 21,000 students.  The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve.  Manhattan is a community that 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.  Surrounded by the beautiful Flint Hills and future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), Manhattan is located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City.

For information about the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs, see

Description of Responsibilities

·   Provide leadership for the Department in order to advance its goals in concert and alignment with the College and its vision, mission, and goals.

·   Ensure that faculty members are appropriately mentored in their teaching, research, and service responsibilities to enhance their prospects for career success.

·   Manage the academic, administrative, and operational functions of the Department.

·   Facilitate Departmental activities, and foster a collegial environment and a commitment to continual improvement.

·   Encourage and expand the Department’s participation in seeking grants and contracts.

·   Build strong relationships with constituencies relating to the Department’s mission and programs.

·   Enhance programs and develop viable new programs.

·   Collaborate with and assist the Dean in all relevant initiatives.

·   Promote and support excellence of faculty in teaching, research and scholarship, and service.

·   Maintain a record of scholarly accomplishment.

·   Teach graduate courses in school counseling (MS) and counselor education (PhD) and advise and mentor master’s and doctoral students.

·   Take an active role in professional organizations and university service.

·   Ensure continued alignment of counseling programs with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards.

Required Qualifications

·   Earned doctorate in Counselor Education from a CACREP-accredited program, or have a related doctoral degree and been employed as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2013.

·   Established record of successful leadership experience in counseling graduate programs in higher education.

·   Record of teaching and advising, research and creative endeavors, and service commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor and with the ability to be promoted to Professor in a timely manner.

·   Effective communication, public relations skills, and collaboration with stakeholders.

·   Ability to teach in the school counseling master’s program and the counselor education and supervision doctoral program.

·   Successful experience in planning and developing programs, including innovative programs, with various partners.

·   Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including experience recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students.

·   Effective management and organizational skills related to planning, budgeting, and administration.

·   Ability to engage faculty, staff, and students in professional development.

·   Demonstrated knowledge of CACREP accreditation.

·   Affiliation with the American Counseling Association and any of its divisions.

·   Affiliation with the American School Counselor Association and any of its divisions.

·   NCC, school counseling license, state counseling license, and/or other counseling credentials.

Preferred Qualifications

·   Record of teaching and advising, research and creative endeavors, and service commensurate with the rank of Professor.

·   Active involvement in the American Counseling Association and any of its divisions.

Application Procedure

Please apply through K-State Jobs at  Applicants should upload a single PDF file that includes the following:


1.    A cover letter describing how their educational background and professional experience meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position;

2.    A curriculum vitae;

3.    Transcripts showing the highest degree earned (unofficial transcripts may be submitted; official transcripts are required prior to an offer);

4.    Three letters of reference from individuals who can speak to the specifics of the job description; and

5.    Contact information for three different professional references.

For questions, email Dr. David Thompson, Search Committee Chair, at or Dr. Judy Hughey,

Screening of Applications Begins

November 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Institution Information

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.  Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment  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.

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