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Job Description - Unclassified
Developed for Equal Opportunity 

Chairperson, Academic Department

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To provide academic and administrative leadership for an academic department. Reports to Dean, College.


Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 
Develop, update, implement, and coordinate teaching, research, and service missions of the department.

Oversee budgetary, personnel, and program activities of the department; coordinate faculty promotion, tenure, and reappointment reviews and make recommendations to College Dean.

Oversee development, implementation, and revision of new and existing academic programs; oversee curriculum development; coordinate faculty workloads; develop course schedule.

Represent and promote department within the University and external community.

Oversee student advising; may advise graduate and undergraduate students.

May oversee internship, scholarship, or grant programs.

May serve as building curator.

Serve on various department, division, and University committees.

Provide leadership and oversight of a large/complex department (e.g., department with multiple units).

Perform related duties as assigned.


Doctoral degree in a relevant field; six years relevant experience; faculty rank as tenured associate professor or be qualified for such rank within the department.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications: faculty rank as tenured full professor or be qualified for such rank within the department.

Knowledge Of:

Academic programs; budgeting; personnel matters to include faculty relations and university governance; personal computer applications

Skill In:

Written and interpersonal communication

Ability To:

Provide leadership and direction; analyze situations and develop effective solutions


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which may require assessments. Assessments could take the form of interview questions, a request to provide work samples or a written or practical test to assess job related competencies.

Value Statement

Kent State University is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community. This is a core value of the organization as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation, and our world.
The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.