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Academic Affairs, Academic Program Director for Communications, English, and Literature

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Company: Columbia Southern University

Location: Orange Beach, AL

Date Posted: June 25, 2014

Source: Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University
Job Description
Job Title: Academic Program Director for Communications, English, and Literature
Department: Academic Affairs
Reports To: Assistant Provost Arts and Sciences
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: On Campus, Orange Beach, AL
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (extended hours when requested)
Summary
The Academic Program Director for Communications, English, and Literature is responsible for leading and coordinating program strategic planning, program maintenance and assessment, and curriculum development. The Academic Program Director for Communications, English, and Literature works with faculty to resolve academic issues and builds a community among faculty and staff. Position reports to the Assistant Provost Arts and Sciences.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
Provides coordination for assigned programs, concentrations and certificates to include:
  • Recruits and hires Lead Faculty, full-time, and part-time faculty with oversight by ...

Columbia Southern University
Job Description
Job Title: Academic Program Director for Communications, English, and Literature
Department: Academic Affairs
Reports To: Assistant Provost Arts and Sciences
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: On Campus, Orange Beach, AL
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (extended hours when requested)
Summary
The Academic Program Director for Communications, English, and Literature is responsible for leading and coordinating program strategic planning, program maintenance and assessment, and curriculum development. The Academic Program Director for Communications, English, and Literature works with faculty to resolve academic issues and builds a community among faculty and staff. Position reports to the Assistant Provost Arts and Sciences.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
Provides coordination for assigned programs, concentrations and certificates to include:
  • Recruits and hires Lead Faculty, full-time, and part-time faculty with oversight by VPAA.
  • Evaluate, mentor, and supervise faculty within their areas of responsibility.
  • Coordinates disciplinary actions, as necessary, with Human Resources.
  • Coordinates all strategic planning activities in assigned areas.
  • Leads the development, review, and assessment of all Course Learning Outcomes and Program Learning Outcomes in area(s) of responsibility.
  • Conducts annual Academic Program Review(s).
  • Establishes and maintains membership of Advisory Board(s) and leads Board review of all aspects of academic program(s) for relevancy in the profession in which students are preparing to enter.
  • Guides curriculum review and development by identifying courses in need of revision and working with Curriculum Development on selecting course writers, evaluating and giving final approval of new and revised courses along with clock hour reviews.
  • Teaches assigned courses within the qualified discipline and maintains a minimum student load as defined by University guidelines for College of Arts and Sciences Academic Program Directors.
  • Attends and actively participates in at least one program-related major conference each year to promote CSU by working with Outreach and Marketing through the VPAA.
  • Attends Academic Program Directors meeting at CSU three times a year and/or as requested.
  • Attends weekly Leadership Briefings and Academic Program Directors meetings via Adobe Connect. Attends other meetings as scheduled.
  • Resolves academic issues presented by students, staff, or CSU administration by working with faculty to resolve issues including, but not limited to, Academic Integrity Violations, Academic Grievances, and Grade Inflation.
  • Adheres to and enforces CSU policies and procedures. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Leads monthly faculty meetings with all faculty, records attendance, and ensures minutes of each meeting are recorded.
  • Maintains availability for communication with staff via Microsoft Lync and University phone extension during CSU working hours.
  • Serves on committees, councils, and task forces as requested and participates in interdepartmental meetings as requested.
  • Collaborates with Faculty Services to determine required actions related to faculty compliance with class expectations.
NOTE: Academic Program Directors must consider CSU as their primary employer and avoid additional part-time employment opportunities that distract from essential job duties and responsibilities. Other full-time employment of a competitive nature violates the employee policy on outside employment.
Supervisory Responsibilities
Directly supervises employees in the Communications, English, and Literature Program. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. The Academic Program Director should promote his/her programs and work to have each program recognized by industry related organizations.
Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Terminal degree preferred/ masters degree required with at least 18 graduate credit hours in one or more of the disciplines offered in the program.
Experience in university level teaching preferred.
Professional experience in the discipline preferred.
Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Mathematical Skills
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Outlook Contact Management systems; Internet software; Excel Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software. Experience with Blackboard preferred.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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