Department Chair of Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership at Ball State University invites applications for Department Chair and Associate or Full Professor.  Our department is seeking a collaborative, student-centered, and innovative individual to lead an outstanding team of faculty while promoting diversity, equity and excellence throughout all leadership programs, K-20. Our faculty are collegial, collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive, both within and beyond one’s home unit. These attributes include commitments to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and enterprising learning practices.  This is a nationally-recognized and growing department with 10 full-time faculty members serving more than 500 students who are earning certificate, degrees, and licensure at the Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral level. Programs are both hybrid and online in our college (Teachers College).  Preference will be given to candidates with previous higher education leadership experience and growing academic programs.


At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.


Position Function: The Department of Educational Leadership at Ball State University, a respected leader in delivering high quality programs for administrative degree and licensure and higher education, is seeking outstanding applicants for Department Chair available August 2023. The department is interested in an innovative and collaborative professional with demonstrated excellence in educational leadership and practical experience in the field.

The Chairperson of an academic department is the chief executive of the department. The Chairperson plans, directs, and coordinates the academic, operational, personnel, budgetary, and student activities of the department; provides leadership and direction in the development and implementation of academic programs and in the maintenance of excellence in teaching scholarly productivity or creative endeavor, and service.


Lifelong learning at Ball State University extends educational engagement beyond the classroom and includes learning for professional development, personal enrichment, or other goals throughout one’s lifetime. Faculty will be expected to participate in the department’s, college’s, and university’s lifelong learning opportunities when available and may be assigned teaching responsibility in this area as part of their overall responsibilities.


We seek candidates who will connect with students of diverse backgrounds and contribute to a campus climate that supports equity, diversity, and inclusion. At Ball State, inclusiveness is one of our enduring values. Applicants should familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to identify how you might contribute to these efforts. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as the department’s primary spokesperson and representative to the college, university, and external community.
  2. Provide leadership in the development and evaluation of academic programs and curriculum within the department.
  3. In cooperation with the faculty, engage in short- and long-range planning for the department.
  4. Assign faculty load.
  5. Act as fiscal agent for the department and allocate funds and resources in a manner designed to achieve excellence.
  6. Engage in teaching, research, and service.
  7. Support excellence in departmental teaching, research and service.
  8. Monitor departmental advising including policies and written materials.
  9. Provide supervision of academic programs, faculty, staff and management of the department office, (e.g., supervision of promotion and tenure, departmental appeals, committee assignments, etc.).
  10. Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision, including but not limited to interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of personnel.
  11. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: A doctorate in educational administration or educational leadership, policy, Higher Education or related fields from an accredited institution.

Experience: Record of teaching excellence, research, and service commensurate with associate, or full professor level; successful record of university teaching online and face-to-face; demonstrated success in teaching and advising graduate students; demonstrated commitment to social justice, impactful research agenda, documented by recent scholarly publications; a continued commitment to engage in scholarly research publications and presentations; proven leadership ability; proven ability to work with diverse groups


Employer will consider sponsorship.


Preferred Qualifications: University teaching experience; experience in administration in higher education; experience as a P-12 school or district administrator. Record of grant writing and directing; having served as department chair or equivalent leadership role; proficiency with budgets, resource

management, and new technologies; knowledgeable about leadership preparation; skilled at hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff; holds (or has held) administrative licensure for the principal-ship or superintendency; aptitude to learn integrated technology applications; willingness and ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and community partners; understanding of current issues and educational policy in P-20 contexts.


Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: curriculum vitae and cover letter addressed to Dr. Thalia Mulvihill. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500. 


The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through December 5, 2022.


Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.


The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:   


Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.