Department Chair – Nursing Program

Savannah, Georgia, United States

Job description

Established in 1899, South University ( is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. The University traces its heritage to 1899, when Dr. John Draughon established Draughon’s Practical Business College in Savannah, Georgia. Over the past century-plus, South University has experienced continued growth transforming from a two-year college into a university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.South University’s approach to higher education, and the resulting varied academic experiences, provides students with the pragmatic approach necessary to create the foundation for personal and professional fulfillment. The University provides a learning environment, both on-campus and online, that helps students identify goals and the means to achieve them. With this philosophy in mind, students can learn by interacting with a community of faculty, staff and administration dedicated to South University’s academic purpose. South University offers more than 50 academic programs across its 11 campuses and through online programs.

The University’s academics are organized across five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health, Theology – and a School of Pharmacy. South University’s students are engaged in the communities in which they live and attend school. They volunteer their talents to organizations large and small, personifying a commitment to service and to their communities. With the introduction of South University, Online Programs, students can pursue both undergraduate degree and master’s degree programs ranging from the areas of Criminal Justice to Business – giving South University students more opportunities to make a difference, both personally and professionally.

Category: Academic Affairs

Job Type: Full-Time

Company/Division: EDMC -> South University

Minimum Education Required: PhD

Requisition Code: 12152

Location: South University Online Division – Pittsburgh (1250 Penn) – Pittsburgh, PA 15222 US (Primary)

Travel Required: Light Travel 0-20%

Job Description

Position Summary: The Department Chair is a member of the full-time Faculty and serves as academic leader for the programs within their assigned discipline for the South University system. Responsibilities include: fulfilling all duties in conformity with the policies and procedures of the University as well as those processes and mechanisms developed on the campus at which the program is offered, day-to-day department operations. The Department Chair also participates in activities that promote the stature of the Academic Programs, Departments, and Colleges and abides by the mandates set by the South University Board of Trustees and Administration. Incumbent must assure that the South University philosophy is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and maintenance of an environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion.

Key Job Elements:

Teaching: (up to 40%)*

  1. Performs Faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty job description and the Faculty Supplement to the South University Employee Handbook.
  2. Teaches 8 classes per academic year.
  3. Designs and delivers instruction in alignment with the South University model.
  4. Relates professional/life/industry experience to learning by continuing professional/ technical skills development, and introducing professional/industry perspective into courses.
  5. Promotes student success by showing flexibility and exhibiting a passion for teaching and students.
  6. Manages the educational process to ensure a positive educational experience.
  7. Practices effective outreach to at-risk and/or absent students.
  8. Communicates consistently and effectively with Supervisors, University Administrators, Faculty, and other South University Departments.
  9. Manages the learning environment through keeping accurate records and enforcing academic policies consistent with the University, College/School, Campus, or Online Division.

Faculty Service/Administration: (up to 60%)*

  1. Adheres to university policies as described in the Employee Handbook, the Faculty Supplement to the Employee Handbook, job description, or other separate guidelines.
  2. Interviews and recommends candidates for Faculty positions within the Department across all campuses.
  3. Ensures that credentials of Faculty meet university and accreditation requirements and are properly documented.
  4. Contributes to the annual reviews of all Program Directors with the Department.
  5. Serves as liaison between Faculty/Program Directors and University Administration.
  6. Supervises and writes curricular changes for the Department deemed necessary and in collaboration with other campuses of the University.
  7. Assists with the development of curricular and policy revisions as requested by the Assistant/Associate Dean of the College/School, College Dean, or Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
  8. Assists Program Directors with the preparation of annual budgets.
  9. Remains in compliance with South University’s academic policies and procedures, educational policies, both SACSCOC and programmatic accreditation standards, and state agency regulations.
  10. Serves as an academic advisor.
  11. Responsible for the accurate completion and timely submission of internal and external reports (e.g., OSAIRS, Accreditation, Strategic Planning) and assessment processes as necessary.
  12. Ensures full implementation of Administrative Course Outlines (ACOs).
  13. Plays an integral role in the student recruitment process and growth of assigned programs.
  14. Supports College/School and University initiatives as requested by the College/School or University Administration.
  15. Supervises and advises Department Program Directors on academic matters and accreditation issues.
  16. Leads the textbook selection process for courses within the Department and maintains the master booklist for the Department.
  17. < >s other duties as assigned.Engages in scholarly activities that contribute to the field of study and enhance the learning environment.

Faculty Development Activities: (up to 10%)*

  1. Completes professional development and in-service activities each year as outlined in the faculty supplement.

Organization Relationships:

Reports To: Campus: Dean, Academic Affairs & Operations, Assistant/Associate

College/School Dean

Online: Assistant/Associate College Dean

Supervises: Program Directors, Assistant Program Directors (as necessary), and/or

Full-time and adjunct faculty on academic matters

Interacts With: Academic Affairs (e.g., College/School Deans and Associate/Assistant

Deans, Department Chairs, Program Directors, Assistant Program Directors, and Faculty) other School/Campus/Online functional areas (e.g., committees), students, Campus/Online Administration including external constituents (e.g., community and professional leaders) as appropriate.

Job Requirements (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):


  1. A terminal degree in Nursing (PhD or DNP) from a regionally accredited institution in the discipline to be taught, with a concentration in the teaching discipline (minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline) required.
  2. Successful record of increasing responsibility or project/initiative leadership within a university or industry setting.
  3. At least 1-2 years teaching experience at another post-secondary education institution (preferred).
  4. Active, valid, and unencumbered state licensure or certification as applicable to the discipline.
  5. Membership in a professional association tied to area of instruction (preferred).
  6. A minimum of 2 years post-doctoral experience.
  7. Practical experience in the discipline of the program and knowledge of current best practices (in field).
  8. Evidence of management experience or potential.


  1. Strong leadership skills.
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to build successful relationships with students and Faculty.
  3. Excellent time management and attention to detail.
  4. Excellent critical thinking, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills.
  5. Excellent teaching skills as evidenced in prior teaching evaluations.
  6. Computer based skills (i.e., software, analytical, and report writing skills) and experience with computerized learning management systems.


  1. Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.
  2. Ability to develop professional rapport and work effectively, cooperatively, and flexibly in a diverse team environment.
  3. Ability to read, understand, interpret, and implement academic policies and procedures.
  4. Ability to resolve inquiries and complaints from employees, students, and Faculty.
  5. Ability to effectively present information to employees, students, Faculty, Academic and Campus Leaders, and Corporate Leaders.
  6. Ability to develop and complete projects without continued direct supervision.
  7. Ability to physically work in the United States while performing all responsibilities of the position for the University.
  8. Ability to embrace change.
  9. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret accreditation criteria, state agency regulations, and academic journals.

(For online positions only)

  1. Willingness to work in an accelerated learning format, working online with students five of seven days per online week.
  2. Ability to access a personal computer, Internet connection, and telephone connection. (hardware, software, and Internet access specifications to be provided) to fulfill teaching and related administrative responsibilities.
  3. Previous online teaching experience (preferred).
  4. Delivers the instruction as approved.

* Percentages provided reflect an estimated amount of time that may be spent completing assigned duties in each job element. Actual percentages may vary based upon Departmental/Program needs and/or operational needs.


Work Environment & Notice

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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term qualified individual with a disability means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

How to apply

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South University is a private educational institution, proudly displaying more than a century of academic excellence. We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive education for the intellectual, social, and professional development of our diverse student population.