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Chair of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs

Kansas State University Foundation
Manhattan, KS
Closing date
Apr 27, 2024

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Student Affairs
Position Type
Executive / C-level, Chairman
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University, Non-profit
About This Role:

Rank: Full Professor preferred; Associate Professor with promotion to Full Professor in a timely manner


Appointment: 12-month, full-time tenure track appointment beginning with the 2024-2025 academic year.

Beginning Date: Negotiable

Location: Kansas State University, Department of Special

Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs, College of Education, Manhattan, KS 66506

Kansas State University's College of Education invites nominations and applications for the Manhattan-based position of Chair of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs. The Chair serves as the spokesperson and advocate for the Department both within and outside the University. This position offers an opportunity for providing dynamic leadership, encouraging creativity and innovation, and supporting colleagues in furthering the work of the Department in a Research I university.

We seek a candidate who is a dynamic leader who will continue the Department's reputation. This person should be dedicated to quality teaching and scholarly endeavors, and concerned for the professional development of faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will develop, lead, and support both on-campus and online programs and will be expected to provide key leadership in exploring and creating new programming and establishing new partnerships related to the Department's expertise. The candidate will demonstrate well developed communication and interpersonal, organizational, and management skills.

Description of Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership for the Department to advance its goals in concert and alignment with the College and its vision, mission, and goals;
  • Ensure faculty members are appropriately mentored in their teaching, research, and service responsibilities to enhance their prospects for career success;
  • Manage the academic, administrative, and operational functions of the Department;
  • Facilitate Departmental activities and foster a collegial environment and a commitment to continual improvement;
  • Encourage and expand the Department's participation in seeking grants and contracts;
  • Build strong relationships with constituencies relating to the Department's mission and programs;
  • Enhance programs and develop viable new programs;
  • Collaborate with and assist the Dean in all relevant initiatives;
  • Promote and support excellence of faculty in teaching, research and scholarship, and service;
  • Maintain a record of scholarly accomplishment;
  • Teach graduate level courses in a degree track in the department;
  • Take an active role in professional organizations and university service; and
  • Ensure continued alignment of counseling programs with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards.

Why Join Us:

The vision of the College of Education at Kansas State University is Preparing educators to be knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for a diverse and changing world. This position, like all positions in the College of Education, is directly responsible for advancing this vision and that of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs.

The Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs is one of three departments in the College of Education. The Department provides graduate-level programs in Academic Advising, Counseling, Special Education, and Student Affairs. Online programs are offered in Academic Advising (a graduate certificate, MS, and a PhD in Leadership in Academic Advising), which were developed in collaboration with NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. Online programs are also offered in Counseling Education (EdS in School Counseling and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision) which are CACREP-accredited. The MS and EdD in Special Education are offered both on campus and online. In Student Affairs, an on-campus MS in College Student Development, and ann online PhD in Student Affairs in Higher Education are offered. Additionally, service courses in Special Education are offered through the Department for undergraduates.

Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant university renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students. The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement, and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve. The community of Manhattan provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation. Surrounded by the beautiful Flint Hills and home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), Manhattan is located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City.

For information about the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs, see

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in counselor education, higher education, special education, student affairs or related degree area;
  • Established record of successful leadership experience in graduate programs in higher education;
  • Record of teaching and advising, research and creative endeavors, and service commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor and with the ability to be promoted to Professor in a timely manner;
  • Effective communication, public relations skills, and collaboration with stakeholders;
  • Ability to teach graduate level courses in a degree track in the department;
  • Successful experience in planning and developing programs, including innovative programs, with various partners;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including experience recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students;
  • Effective management and organizational skills related to planning, budgeting, and administration;
  • Ability to engage faculty, staff, and students in professional development;
  • Knowledge of CACREP accreditation;

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in counselor education from a CACREP-accredited program or have a related doctoral degree and been employed as a full-time faculty member in a counselor education program for a minimum of one full academic year before July 1, 2024;
  • Record of teaching and advising, research and creative endeavors, and service commensurate with the rank of Professor;
  • Teach graduate courses in counseling education ( School Counseling and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision) and advise and mentor education specialist's and doctoral students;
  • Affiliation with the American Counseling Association and any of its divisions;
  • Affiliation with the American School Counselor Association and any of its divisions; or affiliation with the American School Counselor Association and any of its divisions; and
  • Current NCC, school counseling license, state counseling license, and/or other counseling credentials

Other Requirements:
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:
  • A cover letter describing how their educational background and professional experience meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Transcripts showing the highest degree earned (unofficial transcripts may be submitted; official transcripts are required prior to an offer);
  • Three letters of reference from individuals who can speak to the specifics of the ; and
  • Contact information for three different professional references.

For questions, email Dr. Royce Ann Collins, Search Committee Chair, at

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Advertised: Feb 02, 2024 Central Standard Time

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