The College of Education & Human Ecology, Human Sciences, The Ohio State University

2191 8847
Position ID:OSU-HS-CHAIRHS [#8847, ChairHS]
Position Title: Chair of the Department of Human Sciences
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Human Sciences
Starting Date:2017/07/01
Appl Deadline:2017/03/31 finished (posted 2017/01/26, finished 2017/03/28, listed until 2017/03/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Ohio State University 
Department of Human Sciences 
College of Education and Human Ecology 

Chair of the Department of Human Sciences 

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications: (a) previous administrative experience in leading a multidisciplinary department or academic unit, (b) an earned doctorate from an accredited institution with a specialty in one of the academic or associated areas represented within the department, (c) a distinguished record of research and teaching that merits appointment at the rank of full professor, (d) excellent interpersonal and communication skills, (e) budget management skills, and (f) a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Reporting directly to the dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology, the chair will be a dynamic and accomplished individual who will provide outstanding leadership for the faculty and staff of the department and to fellow administrators of the college. The chair will lead the administrative, financial, and academic program components of the department, and will work collaboratively across the college to develop a vision for the continued growth of the educational, research, and service missions of the department. The new chair also will play a key role in connecting the department’s faculty, programs and students to partners at the university and the academic and professional associations related to our areas of study. The final candidate must have experience as an administrative leader, strong interpersonal and communication skills, experience with budgeting, evidence of supporting and mentoring faculty, and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

Commensurate with experience and qualification.  

Deadline for Applications 
Confidential review of applications will begin on March 1, 2017 

Effective Date 
July 1, 2017  

The Department 
The Department of Human Sciences is home to four core academic areas, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees: Consumer Sciences, Human Development and Family Science, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and Kinesiology. In addition, the department plays a leadership role in Ohio State’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Nutrition (OSUN), and houses the Sport, Fitness and Health Program, an activity-based academic program providing classes to more than 8,000 Ohio State students each year. A strong partnership with the OSU extension office enhances opportunities for outreach and engagement in the state of Ohio. Another important university partnership exists with Ohio State’s Discovery Themes, with an emphasis in our department on metabolomics. 

The department has a faculty of 51 productive members, with grants from local, state, and federal organizations such as NSF, NIH, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Faculty also have industry-based funding from organizations such as Neptune Technologies and Bioresources and the Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In FY 2016, Human Sciences had the most funded research activity in the college, with $5.6M expenditures from current awards and 18 new awards totaling $7.8M. Ten graduate majors and nine undergraduate majors are housed within the department; students may choose from 36 curricular options. In autumn 2016, 11,841 undergraduate and 614 graduate students were enrolled in departmental course work. In addition to our highly-qualified faculty, we have 70 full-time staff members, 66 lecturers and 86 graduate assistants to support the department’s academic mission. These talented individuals provide instructional and academic assistance that is crucial to the successful operation of such a large unit. The chair manages a comprehensive budget of $5.9M. The funding supports all personnel, as well as all operational costs of the department. 

The College and University 
The College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University is one of the best places to learn and embrace the human experience. We're known for developing Ohio's best educators, researchers, policymakers, exercise scientists, biomedical nutrition researchers, dietitians, financial advisors, event coordinators and other experts who improve society. The US News and World Report college ranking is No. 18 among 376 public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in education, tied with the University of California-Berkeley. The college ranks No. 10 among public universities and No. 5 among Big Ten universities. The Nutrition PhD program is ranked No. 9 among all doctoral programs in Nutrition in the United States according to the National Research Council. The Kinesiology program is ranked No. 6 among 52 similar programs in the United States according to the 2015 rankings by the National Academy of Kinesiology. 

The Ohio State University is one of America's largest and most comprehensive public universities, with over 63,000 students. Ohio State is further recognized as a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio. Home to Buckeye football, the stadium attracts more over 105,000 enthusiastic fans on fall Saturdays. Discover more about The Ohio State University here

Columbus, Ohio 
The city of Columbus is a thriving cosmopolitan hub that has a real passion for the Buckeyes. A recent Gallup survey ranked Columbus the nation’s second strongest metro area for job creation, with research and technology institutions taking the lead. The Columbus metro area continued its steady growth as its population hit 2,021,632 in 2015, up about 1.2 percent from 1,997,308 a year earlier. The city’s corporate base and higher-education system draw people to it. The city is the 15th largest in the country; the metro area is 32nd. Explore the city of Columbus through this link

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae (CV), a statement describing leadership philosophy, and names and contact information of three references. Submission of electronic applications is required; please submit materials to Academic Jobs Online: 
A confidential review of materials will begin Wednesday March 1, 2017 and continue until the appointment is made.  

For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Sandra A. Stroot, Search Committee Chair, at

EEO/AA Employer 
The Ohio State University is located in Columbus, Ohio, the culturally vibrant capital of the state. The university is a center of innovation surrounded by diverse and livable urban, suburban, and rural communities. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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Further Info:
Ohio State University
College of Education & Human Ecology
153 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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