Department Chair, Engineering Technology

Department Chair, Engineering Technology


Full Time


Albany, NY | Remote |

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As a member of the school administration, the Chair coordinates departmental activity with the activities of other units in the University. As a change leader, the Chair works in collaboration with other members of the administration to drive student success and assists in the development and implementation of School and College initiatives across multiple modalities. As a member of the faculty, this role has teaching responsibilities commensurate with the scale and scope of the size of the department. This position reports to the Associate Dean of the School of Technology.

Excelsior University values students, instructors, employees, and all members of its world-wide community, and actively develops practices and policies that promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Diversity involves recognizing and respecting the richness of ethnic and cultural traditions, and the value of different perspectives related to gender, age, disability, sexual orientation religion, family status, employee tenure, and more. Inclusion is about leveraging these differences and maximizing individual contributions in a way that enhances organizational effectiveness.

At Excelsior, each staff and faculty member contribute to the student experience. Even those of us who may not interact with students are vitally important to creating a positive and successful outcome. The guiding principles, collectively known as Excelsior CARES, shape the environment in which we work and set the standard to which we hold ourselves. Each Excelsior employee is Compassionate, Agile, Respectful, and committed to Excellence and Service.

Duties and Responsibilities
Department Leadership and Administration:
  • Work with faculty, staff and students within the department to establish and maintain strategic and operational project plans and budgets that are consistent with the college and university goals
  • Serve as a departmental liaison within the school and coordinate with the Provost’s Office and other cross-functional units within the institution
  • Ensure departmental compliance with rules, regulations, and standards of School, College, University, State, and institutional and specialized accreditors.
  • Coordinate and monitor program pathways and course schedules to ensure program and student success
  • Manage course registrations and instructor assignments in accordance with university-set benchmarks and quality metrics
  • Manage and regularly monitor departmental operations within parameters and guidelines set by the College and University.
  • Recruit, appoint, evaluate, and supervise performance of faculty
  • Support and oversee the overall development of the faculty within department
  • Review and revise department information published in the university catalog
  • Collaborate with marketing and enrollment management to maintain to departmental print and electronic records, including web-based assets

    Department Curriculum:
  • Collaborate on curriculum development, alignment and revisions for the department in conjunction with university priorities and guidelines
  • Foster a culture of excellence, innovation, and engagement in curriculum development and course design in coordination with university instructional design unit
  • Review and assess academic programs offered by the department according to established university guidelines, metrics and specialized accreditation requirements where applicable
  • Assess University-level, program, and general education learning outcomes for courses taught within the department in collaboration with the university’s outcomes assessment unit, faculty, and students within programs responsibility.
  • Leads the development and implementation of new and redesigned academic programs at the direction of the Executive Dean.
  • Participate in student success data meetings and engage in evidence-based decision-making to support the quality improvement of program, curriculum, and faculty and ensure student success
  • Evaluate transfer credit and prior learning assessments in accordance with University standards and in collaboration with academic evaluators in the Transcript Analysis Center

    Faculty Responsibilities:
  • Has teaching responsibilities within university-established workload model
  • Maintain a scholarly agenda in alignment with university and college and strategic priorities
  • Engage department faculty in university and community service activities as appropriate

  • An earned doctorate in Engineering Technology or related field (electrical, nuclear, or mechanical engineering), or an earned doctorate with at least 18 credit hours in related Engineering Technology, or related field (electrical, nuclear, or mechanical engineering).
  • Minimum of seven years teaching experience.
  • Five to seven years of progressive administrative experience, with consistent evidence of exemplary performance.
  • Strong track record of promoting student success using evidence-based decision-making to support the quality improvement of academic programs, curriculum, and faculty.
  • Demonstrated experience with the recruitment, selection, evaluation, development, and mentoring of faculty.
  • Experience with program and student learning outcomes assessment, as well as program (ABET) and institutional accreditation processes and procedures.
  • Experience with supporting the coordination, preparation and maintenance of a budget in an academic environment preferred.
  • Demonstrate skill in understanding cultural differences and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Experience working with individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Strong track record of working collaboratively and collegially with faculty across disciplines to support high quality standards.
  • Excellent communication skills, comfort with timelines, dates and deliverables are a must.

    Preferred Qualifications 
  • Experience with program and student learning outcomes assessment, as well as program (ABET) and institutional accreditation processes and procedures.

    The hiring salary range for this position is $100,000.00 - $105,000.00. The hiring salary range above represents the University's good faith estimate at the time of posting.
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    Excelsior University offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references. Please submit requested information by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.


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