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Department Head- Natural Science Biology

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Posting Details

VEVRRA Federal Contractor - Priority referral protected veterans requested.

Position Information

Requisition Number 2017053F
Position Title Department Head- Natural Science Biology
Salary Range see special notes to applicant below for an example
DBM Rating n/a
Job Type Full Time
Job Category Faculty
Anticipated Start Date 08/01/2017
Campus Multiple
Application Deadline
Extended Open Deadline
FLSA Status Exempt
Security Sensitive? Yes
Work Hours

Position Summary Information


Serves as a Department Head within Natural Science over the Biology Department

Essential Duties

Works with the Dean and Assistant Dean in the areas of coordination, admissions, registration, database maintenance, textbook ordering, curriculum resource team meetings, and graduation activities in response to service area needs, for a defined instructional area.
Assists in the promotion of activities, strategies, and processes that prepare students for success while meeting the requirements of all internal and external accreditation entities.
Coordinates the specific academic areas assigned – in terms of planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
Monitor web site for changes and updates, and communicate the changes back to the Dean and Assistant Dean.
Work with the Assistant Dean to prepare schedules that meet student needs.
Collaborate with the Dean, Assistant Dean, CRT, and faculty members to develop or improve new programs and program-improvement initiatives.
Mediate faculty-student conflict and communicate with Assistant Dean.
Ensure that new faculty have the proper documentation, orientation, and mentoring to successfully meet student needs.
Support Assistant Dean in the interview process.
Serve on College Committees as assigned.
Facilitate decision-making between campuses and disciplines.
Collect assessment documents and ensure that these are turned in to the CRTs and Assessment Coordinators on time.
Implement Student Perceptions of Instruction (SPOIs) and oversee data entry and analysis.
Inspect rooms and equipment for repairs and maintenance.
Accepts other duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Master’s degree with academic credentials in at least one of the assigned supervising areas from a regionally accredited college or university.

Two years of full-time teaching experience at Blinn College. Previous extensive PT teaching experience will be considered (in lieu of the two years FT teaching experience), if the applicant is currently FT.

Supervisory experience in a community college or a higher education institution related to a specific discipline/program. For example: biology, philosophy, history, accounting, music, etc.

The ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.

An understanding and commitment to the mission of the comprehensive community college.

Knowledge of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) policies governing colleges and of federal and state laws affecting community colleges, including experience with institutional accreditation process and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).

Experience in mentoring new faculty and developing and enhancing faculty skills through effective evaluation.

Ability to make timely decisions appropriate to the situation and circumstances. Meet deadlines for assigned reports and projects.

Strong commitment to innovative teaching, active learning, and the use of technology to support the delivery of instruction in all modalities.

Capacity to mediate student-faculty conflicts in a responsive manner.

Ability to listen, understand, and respond positively to requests and concerns from students, parents, and members of the academic community.

Capability to create a team–oriented climate with a specific discipline area(s) and build/maintain relationships with compassion and sensitivity – while demonstrating a cooperative, professional attitude.

Ability to interact effectively as a discipline/program specific leader of an academic team and work collaboratively with others. Foster a collegial work environment and work effectively with a diverse community.

Proficiency using Microsoft Office and Windows software, integrated software systems, and related instructional technology.

Strong communication skills, both written and oral.

Ability to safeguard sensitive and/or confidential information from intentional or unintentional disclosures.

Demonstrated commitment to the philosophy of the college.

Ability to travel to all Blinn campuses, as needed.

Preferred Experience and Training

Diverse teaching experiences in higher education.

Physical Requirements
Required Degree, License or Certifications

As required by THECB and SACSCOC specifications for faculty.

Special Notes To Applicants

The College assigns appropriately credentialed faculty members in support of educational quality and the mission of the College, in keeping with Board policy DBA LOCAL-X (Employment Requirements and Restrictions – Credentials and Records: Credentials). College policy is consistent with sound educational practice and SACSCOC guidelines. Primary consideration is given to the highest degree earned in the discipline. Furthermore, Blinn College’s Faculty Credentialing Guidelines table specifies recommended credentials for each rubric within the college’s course inventory.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently employed at Blinn College as a faculty member?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How long have you been employed at Blinn College as a full-time faculty member?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Were you previously employed as a part-time faculty member at Blinn College? If so, how long.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please provide information on your involvement with schedule building.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please explain your experience in mentoring new faculty.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please note your experience in reviewing faculty credentials.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please provide information on your experience in resolving faculty-students conflicts.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Do you have experience teaching dual credit classes?

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Do you have experience teaching distance learning courses?

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Please explain your involvement with assessment activities.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Please provide additional information as to why you wish to be considered for an Department Head position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  12. * Are you a veteran? If yes, please upload a copy of your DD214 in the optional documents.
    • Yes
    • No
  13. * Are you an orphan of a veteran who was killed while on active duty? If yes, please upload a copy of your DD1300 in the optional documents.
    • Yes
    • No
  14. * Are you a veteran’s surviving spouse who has not remarried? If yes, please upload a copy of your DD1300 in the optional documents.
    • Yes
    • No
  15. * Are you claiming Veteran's employment preference? (See website for definition:
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Unofficial Other Transcripts 1
  3. Unofficial Other Transcripts 2
  4. Other Document 1
  5. Other Document 2