The Department Chair is a full-time academic administrator who reports to the Campus Dean. The Chair supervises faculty and administrative staff, evaluates curriculum, oversees student-oriented activities, and manages the departmental budget. The Department Chair works with the Dean to ensure that departmental programs are aligned with the mission and strategic goals of TCSPP. Strong leadership skills, flexibility, creative problem-solving skills and a strong commitment to the profession are essential requirements for this position.
• Distinguishing the program by providing a vision that directs and motivates faculty to be innovative
• Managing the operations of the program in a complex, fast-paced higher education environment;
• Ensuring the quality of the faculty, curriculum, assessment of student learning, and scholarly activity of faculty and students
• Maintenance of collegial and supportive relationships with relevant accrediting and professional bodies (i.e., APA, NASP, ISBE) and completion of required reporting or documentation.
• Faculty committee and production assignments
• Facilitation of Program Faculty Governance and All Faculty meetings.
• Supervision and development of Program, Affiliate, and Adjunct Faculty to meet quality standards and goals as well as institutional priorities
• Oversight and coordination of the academic program to meet quality, relevance, and currency standards and goals
• Oversight and coordination of Student Affairs within the program.
• Development of viable new curricular offerings in the field.
• Participation in research, writing and ultimate responsibility for any necessary self-study or program-related reports.
• Management of the student learning assessment plan and the program review process for the department to identify needed improvements to student learning
• Development of strategic academic and budget plans for Department, including recommendations from the assessment and program review process.
• Outreach and recruitment of faculty and support of student recruitment.
• Coordination or management of student training.
• Supervision of the teaching, advisement, dissertation activities, and other duties performed by Faculty members to meet department academic goals
• Responsible for responding to and addressing concerns brought forth by both students and faculty through informal and formal institution and department processes
• Serve as a member of the Directors of School Psychology Programs (DUSPP) in Illinois and responsible for ensuring that the program is meeting the most current standards (e.g., attending trainers conferences through APA and NASP)
• Serve as Illinois State Board of Education Officer to approve student graduation and licensure documents
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Candidates with at least 3-4 years of previous administrative experience as an academic department chair or program director are preferred. Candidates should have scholarship or professional experience commensurate with the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
• The ideal candidate will be an experienced practitioner-scholar with strong visionary and leadership skills who will thrive in a diverse, rich, and innovative environment. Time is allotted for professional practice, which is encouraged for all faculty and academic administrators.
• Preferred experience with the accreditation process for APA, NASP, and the state board of education
• Successful candidates must hold an earned doctorate in School Psychology, preferably from an APA or NASP accredited program, and be eligible for licensure as a school psychologist within one year of appointment.
• Licensed clinical psychologist (APA accredited program preferred)
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an Equal Opportunity Employer.