Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

University of Alabama at Birmingham   Birmingham, AL   Full-time     Education
Posted on March 10, 2023
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Education seeks an innovative and collaborative leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I). This is an exciting time to join the leadership team as one of the School’s two department chairs. With a new dean, newly renovated space, and a recent successful reaccreditation, the Chair will lead a department well-positioned to succeed in its vital mission to further the development of dynamic teachers and educational communities in the state through teaching, scholarship, and service.


UAB is an internationally renowned institution of higher education because of its innovative academic programs, stellar faculty engaged in groundbreaking research and scholarship, and diverse students who are among the top tier in their respective areas of study. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, and UAB is an integral community partner where reciprocity and engagement are fundamental.


The UAB School of Education was established in 1971 as one of the first four academic schools at UAB. With nearly 200 talented and dedicated faculty and staff across two interdisciplinary departments–C&I and the Department of Human Studies—the School prepares more than 2,100 dynamic and diverse students to be a force for positive change in their communities as teachers, counselors, principals, higher education administrators, and community health providers.


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers doctoral, master's, baccalaureate, and certification programs. Home to thirty faculty and supported by five staff members, the department offers nine undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are internationally and nationally recognized for providing expertise in their respective disciplines. They contribute to developing dynamic educational leaders who serve in diverse worldwide communities through teaching, scholarship, and service.


The Chair of Curriculum and Instruction reports to the Dean of the School of Education. The Chair will provide vision and leadership to the department to achieve research excellence while continuing the traditions of its impactful and rigorous professional education programs. The Chair is responsible for providing leadership; supervising personnel, budget, and general operations of the department; facilitating the development and accomplishment of department goals; supporting faculty scholarship; assisting in the development of departmental grants; maintaining affiliations with area school districts; and working in a collegial manner with faculty, staff, and students.


Required qualifications for this role include an earned doctoral degree in an appropriate field of educator preparation;  experience and documented achievements commensurate with an appointment of tenured full professor in the School of Education;  relevant academic administrative experience at the chair or program level or comparable level; experience managing tenure and promotion procedures, establishing schedules, and supervising staff; an understanding of program assessment and accreditation processes and procedures; and a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.



Isaacson, Miller, a national search firm, is assisting with this search. Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be submitted in strict confidence via Isaacson, Miller’s website: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


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UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.