Chair of the Department of English

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The College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University is searching for a Chair of the Department of English who is ready to lead a large, innovative department into new opportunities. The successful candidate must be able to articulate a vision for a land-grant Department of English at an R1 university.

The Chair of the Department of English provides leadership in the largest department in the College of Liberal Arts, is responsible for the curriculum, administration of the budget, and hiring of faculty and staff; represents the department on the college’s Council of Chairs; is responsible for long-range planning and growth in line with the departmental vision; and is responsible for acquiring outside funding to help advance research and teaching within the department. We seek a colleague with the ability to articulate and implement a visionary leadership strategy; foster academic excellence and innovation; further strengthen flourishing graduate programs; encourage interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship; and promote collegiality and cooperation within the department. The successful candidate will be well-versed in social, cultural, and linguistic diversity and in approaches that emphasize the transformative power of literacy to promote equity and access and to enact social change.

This is a tenure-track faculty position. The Chair holds a 12-month appointment expected to start January 1, 2025, with an initial term of five years (available for renewal). Should the Chair position end, assuming satisfactory performance, the successful candidate would return to a 9-month tenured faculty appointment in the Department of English at a 9-month salary.

Required Job Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree in an English discipline, or closely related field at the time of the appointment;
  • Tenured advanced Associate (4 or more years in rank), or Full Professor with tenure at the time of the appointment;
  • Demonstrated excellence in scholarship/creative activity and teaching, with the ability to contribute to one or more of the department’s five programs (Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric/Composition, English Education, (Applied) Linguistics/ TESOL);
  • Demonstrated administrative leadership experience in areas such as managing a budget, strategic planning, hiring, curriculum, personnel and policy decisions, etc.;
  • Demonstrated commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting shared governance, equity, and transparency as a leader.
  • Experience advocating for the value of the humanities among stakeholders with diverse backgrounds across multiple levels of university leadership; and
  • Demonstrated skills in teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students.

Preferred Job Qualificaitons:

  • A deep commitment to the collegiality and interdisciplinarity of the Department of English;
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing and supporting contract, continuing, and adjunct faculty;
  • Evidence of effective team building, facilitation, and management skills appropriate to a large faculty;
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal as well as written communication and public speaking skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare, administer, and adhere to departmental budgets;
  • Evidence of both ideas and skills necessary to move the department forward on a path that is consistent with the strategic plans of the University and the College;
  • Ability to promote departmental and college advancement and development activities, including contact with alumni and potential donors;
  • Commitment to support faculty scholarship and creative activity, including grant development and other avenues of professional development;
  • Ability to effectively communicate the value and necessity of English programs to students, administrators, and donors.

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