JOBS | Leadership Studies Department Chair at University of San Diego

Job Location: San Diego, CA

Job Category: Leadership Studies, Department Chair

Position Description: The Department of Leadership Studies in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego (USD) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Department Chair. We seek a creative, resourceful, and dynamic scholar-leader from the behavioral or social sciences with the vision and drive to take an innovative, respected, and globally oriented program to new heights. The Chair will report to the dean and manage the department’s fiscal and human resources.

USD is an independent, Catholic university with approximately 8,000 students, including 1,700 graduate students and 1,100 law students. Ranked #1 in the nation for international study abroad and designated an Ashoka University, USD enriches students with opportunities and an education that prepares them to be global leaders. We seek the synergism that exists with teaching and inquiry through a teacher-scholar model.

The Department of Leadership Studies offers programs including: a Ph.D. and M.A. in Leadership Studies, M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, M.A. in Higher Education Leadership, Professional Administrative Services Credential, an undergraduate Leadership Studies Minor, Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate, and Army ROTC courses. Since its inception in 1979, this program has awarded approximately 350 doctoral degrees and remains one of the most prominent programs for mid-career students from a broad array of professional backgrounds who seek to deepen their leadership capacity. The Department is seeking a candidate with the knowledge, skills, experience, and commitment to work as an administrator and scholar. Specific requirements for the position include:

  • An earned doctorate in the behavioral or social sciences from a nationally recognized university and a distinguished record of scholarly publication and active research.
  • A demonstrated ability to teach and mentor both students and faculty.

The successful candidate will be expected to (1) lead a multi-disciplinary team of accomplished faculty members and professional staff (2) demonstrate commitment to working with diverse populations; (3) oversee and conduct research and scholarly activities; (4) direct master’s theses, action-research projects and dissertations; (5) lead program development efforts including non-traditional delivery systems; and (6) participate in university service. In addition to these qualifications, the ideal candidate would have a record of increasing levels of responsibility as a leader and mentor of faculty and scholarly record that would qualify them for tenure upon review at USD.

For more information about USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, including our spectacular new building, please go to

USD offers a full and generous benefits package. Information on benefits is available at University of San Diego benefits.

The University is committed to diversity and inclusion in recruitment and retention.  Women and applicants from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

San Diego is a large, diverse, and vibrant metropolitan city.  Its wonderful climate makes it an ideal place for outdoor activities and sports year round.  The region boasts several cultural and tourist attractions and is ideal for nature enthusiasts.  In addition to several miles of ocean beaches, the mountains, desert and border-region are all within a one-hour drive of downtown San Diego.

Application Procedures:

Applications must include: A letter addressing the general qualifications listed above, three letters of recommendation with contact information included, curriculum vitae, sample teaching evaluations, two recent publication/writing samples, and a statement regarding candidates administrative/leadership philosophy.  Applications must be received by October 15, 2012. All application materials must be submitted electronically. Please submit your application online at References can send letters of recommendation to Heather Gibb at 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110.


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