Department Chair and (Open-Rank) Professor, Early Childhood and Elementary Education

  • National Louis University
  • Chicago, IL
  • May 04, 2021
Full time Education: (i.e. Schools/Colleges of Education)

Job Description

  National Louis University is pleased to announce a full-time Department Chair and (Open-Rank) professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education position. The Department Chair and (Open-Rank) Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education is responsible for the vision, implementation, and student outcomes of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors within the Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU). In this role, the Chair provides leadership to all aspects of the curriculum including revisions to existing coursework along with the development of new courses, minors, and concentrations for the ECE and ELE majors. Using a data-informed approach, the Chair manages the maintenance, revision, and development of courses for the majors to ensure student success and preparation to become next-generation leaders and change agents in the field of education.

This role is responsible for all aspects of hiring, staffing, evaluating, credentialing, and supporting faculty teaching in the majors. The Chair supervises the full-time ECE and ELE faculty teaching in the majors and provides ongoing performance management for full-time and adjunct faculty as well as ongoing professional development to drive instructional excellence. Administrative responsibilities include ensuring ongoing communication between UGC administration and other Department Chairs, faculty, and staff within the Educator Preparation unit. Additionally, the Chair of ECE/ELE engages in administrative planning for the majors, including providing leadership in outreach activities and representing the university/college/department externally. The Department Chair also participates and leads college activities such as major experience days, admit days, and other events designed to recruit new students and support existing students in their exploration of the majors and programming available to them.

The Department Chair supports the Associate Director of Programmatic Operations with the efforts to coordinate assessment, accreditation, and compliance for the majors. This includes ensuring course syllabi, course information sheets, and compliance instruments are up to date and monitored. The Chair also collaborates with the Associate Director of Field Experiences to ensure seamless and successful field experiences for licensure majors in their purview. Collaboration with the online unit and Associate Director of Online Operations is key to the success of this position, as well, to ensure continuity, consistency, and quality across all modalities for the majors.

Excellence in teaching is the cornerstone for this position-this includes demonstrating best practices in teaching and learning with a teaching load across modalities while also helping to develop excellence in the practice of others. The Chair serves as an exemplar for the model of teaching in the UGC: student-focused, culturally relevant, and equity-driven. This includes collaborating with the faculty team to ensure an excellent student experience. Central to this role is also supporting the resolution of student issues. This includes taking the lead to help students transition to support plans and making recommendations to department leadership about policy to support student success. Academic appeals and re-admission to the program are functions of this role, as well.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Demonstrate excellence in teaching: Teach at least 5 courses per year; collaborate with faculty team to develop an effective student experience for students; facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a blended, flipped classroom environment; empower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught; utilize technology-based teaching platforms, including but not limited to an adaptive courseware engine to aid students in the development of competencies; and, communicate professionally and relate well to others.
  • Curricular oversight of ECE/ELE majors, licensure requirements, and regulatory responsibilities: Maintain current and active knowledge in subject matter expertise in the discipline areas. Conduct regular reviews of the curriculum, and make data-informed revisions of the majors and courses offered, with a strong experiential and professional component including continuing maintenance of course syllabi, University Course Outlines (UCO)/Catalog Information Sheets (CIS), Learning Management System (LMS) course shells, etc. Lead subject matter experts in the maintenance, revisions, and new development of courses in blended and online formats designed to support student success and address the changing requirements in the field, compliance, and regulatory environments. Manage alignment of course outcomes to the Program Level Outcomes, ISBE requirements, and accreditation standards that support students' attainment of the Professional Educator's License and endorsements.
  • Administrative Planning and Goal Attainment: Ensure all administrative functions are completed in a professional and timely manner and in alignment with institutional and college timelines and due dates. This encompasses the planning and budgeting for the department, building and deepening external relationships, and operational functions to support students, faculty, and other departments, as well as pertinent items in the Departmental/College Action Plan. This position is also responsible for meeting benchmarks and achievement of department, Educator Prep unit, college and university goals including student outcomes (persistence, retention, and graduation), Content Test and EdTPA pass rates, and PEL attainment.
  • Hiring, Staffing, Evaluation, and Ongoing Professional Development: Collaborate with Human Resources to regularly create and maintain a hiring network in the subject area creating a diverse pool of hiring options for full-time and adjunct faculty positions, reviewing candidates, interview for FT faculty and make recommendations for hire to UGC leadership. Onboard new faculty and provide continuous support through classroom observations, constructive feedback, coaching, and individualized PD. Additionally, align and facilitate departmental professional development with University and College-level initiatives and expected outcomes. Assign and credential faculty to courses in content areas based upon qualifications, experience, and fit for the modality and student population. Conduct annual performance reviews and supervise full-time faculty, and meet with them on a regular basis to ensure progress on their goals and instructional excellence.
  • Data-Driven Course and Major Planning: Review course/major data quarterly and annually, in collaboration with UGC administration and content area faculty team, in order to inform ongoing course and major enhancements and to explore opportunities for course/concentration/major additions. This includes the follow-up on EAB reports, attendance, and grade entry to inform case management and student interventions.
  • Support Resolution of Student Issues: General oversight and development of student support plans. Additionally, support UGC administration in the resolution of student issues in the content areas, such as academic appeals and re-admissions of returning students.
Essential Skills/Experiences:
  • 5 + years track record of teaching excellence and accomplishments in PK-12 teaching.
  • 5 + years experience with teaching in a higher education setting in either full-time or adjunct roles in both online and on-campus settings.
  • Demonstrated leadership in a PK-12 and/or higher education setting with measurable outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with racially, culturally, and economically diverse colleagues and students
  • Commitment to student success, student professional growth, effective professional advising, and experiential education
  • Deep knowledge of the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and a demonstrated understanding of how to apply accreditation and regulatory standards and metrics to coursework and programming.
  • Evidence of effective management of human and fiscal resources.
  • Experience using data for improvement purposes.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Education Requirements:
  • Master's Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education required, Doctorate preferred
  • Current or recent endorsement in ECE, ELE, or another area of PK-8 licensure is required.

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