Howard University, English

Position ID:Howard University-English-CHAIR [#20048]
Position Title: Chair, Department of English
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Washington DC, District of Columbia 20059, United States [map]
Subject Area: English / African American Literature
Appl Deadline:2022/01/24 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/10/13)
Position Description:    

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Howard University (HU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of English.

The Department of English seeks a dynamic, energetic leader with the ability to effectively engage faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies in a collegial and collaborative manner. The Chair will have a strong record of excellence in collegial academic leadership, faculty development, fundraising, and financial management. This is an outstanding opportunity for a creative leader at an exciting time in the continued growth of the Department, College, and University.

The Chair represents the Department as part of the College’s leadership team and is responsible for the Department’s faculty and staff recruiting, development, retention, resource attainment, financial management, and stakeholder relationship management. The Chair manages a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and leads the Department in strong scholarship, teaching capacity, and outreach.

The Chair must be an active intellectual leader, adept at building and supporting multi-disciplinary partnerships within a diverse community, knowledgeable in higher education issues, collaborative in developing team-focused, data-driven approaches to problem solving, willing to advocate for the Department’s faculty and uphold a diverse and inclusive climate through shared governance, and in possession of strong people skills. Additionally, the Chair must possess and demonstrate an understanding of the special and historic mission of HBCUs in general and Howard University in particular.

Working in partnership with the senior administration of the College of Arts & Science, the successful candidate will be expected to embrace and contribute to the mission of the University.

Required Qualifications

*Earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution; PhD in English with a specialization in African American literature preferred, but allied disciplines will be considered; *Record of professional accomplishments and scholarship that meet the qualifications for appointment at the rank of full professor in the college; *Strong and sustained record of teaching excellence and interdisciplinary initiatives; *Strong and sustained record of research and publications in African-American literature; *Administrative, personnel and budgetary experience at the department level; *Evidence of a commitment to and success securing external funding and fundraising; *Evidence of a strong commitment to helping students obtain a broad-based education; *Evidence in curriculum development including a commitment to collaboration and innovative pedagogies; *Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members; *Demonstrated ability to manage a complex academic organization and work effectively with colleagues across divisions; *Evidence of effective community involvement, outreach, leadership, and demonstrated ability to forge partnerships and build productive relationships with both campus and external constituencies including alumni; *Evidence of recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and staff, as well as teambuilding, supervision, and staff support for professional development; and *Demonstrated commitment to student centeredness and optimization of student learning.

Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral/research extensive university located in Washington, D.C., and is widely recognized as one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. This renowned urban research university offers a world-class curriculum that includes undergraduate degrees in 80 subject areas, master's degrees in 75 majors, doctoral degrees in 31 disciplines and professional certification in 5 fields. The only comprehensive American university with a predominantly African American constituency, Howard University is committed to preparing its students to not only be respected leaders in the national and global communities, but to also promote social justice and democracy the world over. Howard has historically educated more African American PhDs than any other university. It has a track record, for more than a century as the home to the single, largest concentration of Black scholars in the world.

Procedure for Candidacy Applications should include the following: 1.Cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above; 2.Current curriculum vitae; 3.Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans; 4.Two-page statement of administrative philosophy, goals, and future plans. 5.Names of four references who will be prepared to write letters as requested.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 16, 2022.

Contact Information: Dr. Jacoby Carter

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
(202) 806-5472
Department of English, 248 Locke Hall
College of Arts and Sciences
Howard University
2400 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059