The College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University (WVU) seeks applications for a chairperson to lead the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development. The Department Chair is a 12-month supervisory, faculty/administrative position that ensures the integrity, excellence, and continuous improvement of the department’s educational programs and research activities through strategic planning, curriculum oversight, budget management, and faculty development.

The Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development is one of five departments within the College of Education and Human Services. The department is comprised of four academic programs that include child and family studies, educational psychology, instructional design and technology, and program evaluation and research. Degree offerings include a B.S. in child and family studies, M.A. degrees in educational psychology, instructional design and technology (online only), and in program evaluation and research, an Ed.D. in educational psychology, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in education, with emphases in child and family studies or learning (educational psychology), and instructional design and technology.

Starting date: August 16, 2015 (an earlier starting date is negotiable).


  1. Earned doctorate in child and family studies, educational psychology, instructional design and technology, or a relatedfield, and an academic record sufficient to earn tenure at the rank of professor;
  2. a record of leadership and/or administrative experience;
  3. a record of exemplary teaching and distinguished scholarship;
  4. knowledge of fiscal and personnel matters;
  5. involvement in and/or support for interdisciplinary collaborative work;
  6. communication skills necessary to build consensus and solve problems in collaboration with faculty, students, andstakeholders.


The Department Chair is responsible for the operations of a vibrant and collaborative department that consists of 22 faculty and staff members. Specific responsibilities include:

  1. (1)  managing course offerings,
  2. (2)  overseeing promotion and tenure processes,
  3. (3)  hiring faculty and staff members,
  4. (4)  managing the department’s graduate assistants,
  5. (5)  making data based decisions to monitor, coordinate, facilitate, and improve program development processes,
  6. (6)  appointing and working with coordinators for all undergraduate and graduate programs within the department.

The chair openly communicates department objectives, needs, and accomplishments to relevant stakeholders, and other departments and colleges, and the university administration. All department chairs serve on the College Leadership Team to establish and monitor operational objectives. The department chair is required to teach, advise graduate students, and engage in research and scholarly activities appropriate to a full-time administrative position.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the College of Education and Human Services of West Virginia University website at


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application process:

Consideration of applicants for this position will begin immediately and will continue until a hiring decision is made. Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining professional experiences and goals in relation to the position; curriculum vita; and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Application materials should be sent by email to Rosemary Hriblan or by mail to, College of Education and Human

Services, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6122, Morgantown, WV 26506-6122. Please direct questions about the position M Cecil Smith, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies,

West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, WV and is the State’s comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of nearly 32,000 students and a Carnegie Classification – High Research. Morgantown is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. For more information on WVU and Morgantown, see and For additional information on the College, please visit

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Under represented class members are encouraged to apply. This includes: minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.