Department Chairperson



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Job description

Martin, TN

Department of Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Behavioral Sciences seeks applicants for the position of chairperson in the department to begin August 1, 2020. The chair presides over a unit of 13 full-time faculty representing three disciplines – criminal justice (BSCJ), social work (BSSW, accredited), sociology (BA/BS) – and approximately 375 majors distributed among these programs. In addition to administrative duties, the chair teaches six hours per semester, and is responsible for overseeing accreditation processes including SACSCOC and CSWE, and any other accreditation that may affect this department. The candidate will be an advocate for the development of each of our programs, as well as relate positively to the diverse interests of our faculty. The selected candidate will have strong problem solving, organization, and communication skills.

At the time of application, the candidate must have the terminal degree in his/her discipline (criminal justice, social work, sociology, or a closely related discipline eligible for tenure in one of the three department programs), a history of excellence in teaching, scholarly standing respected by the represented disciplines of the department, and an involvement in discipline related professional activity other than teaching.

Preference will be given to the candidate who has experience with prior supervisory and administrative responsibility demonstrated by supervisory skills including experience evaluating faculty and staff or being involved in performance appraisal processes. In addition, preference will be given to the selected candidate who has experience managing budgets, facilitating teamwork and cooperation, development of new skills among faculty, possesses good problem-solving and decision-making skills, and is open to feedback.

The University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus in the University of Tennessee System. The campus is located in Northwest Tennessee approximately 125 miles north of Memphis and 150 miles west of Nashville. The University of Tennessee at Martin has a combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of approximately 7,000 students. The emphasis is solidly on excellence in academic instruction within a higher education setting, complemented by scholarship and service appropriate to the university environment. We seek candidates who demonstrate a similar commitment.

How to apply

Apply online at and click on Faculty Vacancies. Applicants must provide a Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, names and complete contact information for three (3) references, and unofficial transcripts; three (3) letters of reference also are preferred. Official transcripts will be required prior to appointment. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Justin Martin, Search Committee Chair via email [email protected]. The University of Tennessee at Martin is an EEO/AA/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability or covered veteran status.

The University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) is a campus in the University of Tennessee system in the United States. Other campuses include the flagship campus in Knoxville, the Chattanooga campus, the Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. UTM is the only public four-year university in West Tennessee outside Memphis.