Chair for JMU Ed Foundations and Exceptionalities

Department Head – Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities – 0405607

The College of Education at James Madison University invites applications for the position of Department Head for Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities (EFEX). The EFEX Department is committed to the preparation of educators and others who teach and serve individuals with exceptionalities and their families in a diverse society. The department supports other licensure programs within the college and across the teacher education unit by its educational foundations, exceptionalities and diversity course offerings. The department offers initial licensure programs in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Special Education birth- 5 and PreK-3rd grade); Special Education K-12 General Curriculum; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PK-12) and Early Childhood Special Education. Additionally, it supports students who want to acquire knowledge of exceptionalities with several minors and/or post baccalaureate programs including Gifted Education, Autism Certificate and M.Ed. programs in Exceptional Education and Equity and Cultural Diversity. The departmental programs support and are enhanced by a grant-funded project, the Career Development Academy, which meets the educational and career needs of immigrant English language learners.

The Department Head is responsible for providing academic leadership in program conceptualization, curriculum development, program evaluation, accountability and improvement; facilitating enhancement of the department’s reputation and impact including status within the college, university and at regional/national levels; supervising and managing support staff to facilitate department operations; evaluating faculty and staff accomplishments and performance; developing and implementing faculty mentorship initiatives; articulating the need and advocate for departmental resources (money, positions, space, equipment, etc.); and teaching courses within one’s area of expertise.

The successful applicant will have an earned doctorate in an area of Educational Foundations, Exceptionalities or a closely related field (e.g., Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology, Educational Assessment). In addition, applicants should possess at least three years of PK-12 teaching or comparable experience in education and familiarity with evidence-based practices within the education profession. Applicants should provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, scholarship and the ability to work collaboratively in partnership with colleagues in the College of Education, colleagues across the university, those in schools, agencies or other settings and community services.

To view the full posting and apply go to and reference posting number 0405607. Salary shall be commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2013.

James Madison University is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and to maintaining a work and educational environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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