Chair of the Department of Educational Studies

Chair of the Department of Educational Studies

College of Education and Human Ecology

The Ohio State University




The Ohio State University (Ohio State), a top 20 public research land-grant university and the state’s flagship, invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Educational Studies within the College of Education and Human Ecology. The College has more than 150 faculty members and 4,600 students and is organized into three departments:

Teaching and Learning, Educational Studies, and Human Sciences. EHE also has several centers including the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, Center for Education & Training for Employment, and the Dennis Learning Center, and works closely with OSU Extension and Ohio State’s international offices, to ensure its programs have both local and global impact. The next chair will benefit from the exceptional resources of Ohio State, as well as the vibrant city of Columbus, Ohio, to contribute to a singular academic enterprise that serves the needs of the entire state of Ohio and beyond.

The next chair will arrive at an opportune moment at a college and university with the necessary leadership, resources, and vision to have a dramatic impact on society.


Reporting to the Dean of College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE), the Chair provides leadership in governance, personnel, and financial matters to Department of Educational Studies within the College of Education. Congruent with the University's mission and college goals, the department chair provides leadership, direction, and continuity for planning and operational execution in research, education, and administrative activities for excellence in the Department of Educational Studies; represents and advocates the Department of Ed. Studies to EHE and University administrators. The Chair represents the Department of Ed. Studies to the immediate geographic community and federal agencies, and industry and maintains effective relationships with the department's stakeholders and diverse constituency groups. The Chair also supports the recruitment and cultivation of students. The position supports the academic programs to sustain excellence in research, teaching, and outreach and collaborates with the College’s extension programs. The Department Chair drives strategic planning, administers departmental budgets, and advocates for and supports faculty, and departmental development. Additionally, the position supports faculty and staff to generate external funding for research, programs, and other activities tied to EHE’s mission.


McMullen & Adobar (2011) describe individuals who “bridge” as those who “build personal relations and goodwill as a way of creating personal obligations on the part of stakeholders; champion the cause of communities; help foster intellectual curiosity and excellence; create opportunities for individual and collective goal achievement (p. 715). The Department of Educational Studies (Ed. Studies) consists of 53 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 21 Staff members. Additionally, we have a population of talented Lecturers and adjunct faculty who contribute to the strong theory and practice bridge in the department.

Our highly sought after Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral (EdD; PhD) degrees, and related specializations and certifications give students and professionals the opportunity to focus their studies in 13 different academic programs and to add endorsements and specializations to their studies that broaden their prospects as future leaders, practitioners, clinicians, and other professionals.

In the Department of Educational Studies, the following programs ranked among the nation’s best by the U.S. News and World Report:

#1 Technical / Vocational

#7 in Curriculum and Instruction

#8 Student Counseling and Personnel Services

#9 Elementary Teacher Education

#9 Secondary Teacher Education

#11 Educational Administration and Supervision

#11 Educational Psychology

#17 Higher Education Administration


The successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities:

·        A doctoral degree in a discipline within or related to one of the foci of the department and an extensive record of experience and scholarship that supports a tenured appointment at a Doctoral/Research University;

·        Previous experience leading complex departments at a research university, including personnel management, faculty development, and budgeting.

·        Evidence of a commitment to enhancing and supporting multidisciplinary perspectives, diversity, and the academic mission of the faculty

·        Experience within a Responsibility Based Budget model environment

·        The ability to facilitate collaborations in the college, university and community.


Please send updated Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter and a Leadership Statement that articulates how your leadership approach will impact the department to The screening and interview process will begin March 1, 2019 until filled.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.