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Chair, Department of Teacher Education

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.


Newberry College invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. The Chair of Education will be an innovative and entrepreneurial leader who understands the changing demographics of teacher candidates and the need to prepare candidates for the ever-changing world which they will serve. They will be a thoughtful, effective, and timely communicator and have leadership experience in a team environment.


The successful candidate will work closely with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean for Enrollment Management to develop an enrollment plan which identifies, recruits, and retains strong education candidates. They will understand how to help students from diverse backgrounds develop, thrive, and meet the rigorous requirements of certification in South Carolina. Program growth in recruitment, retention of students, a high level of certification completion, and candidate employment are important measures of success for the Chair of Education.


The successful candidate is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. They understand the need for relationships both internal and external to the college. They will be tireless advocates for our students, both while they are in the program and as they transition into the first years of their classroom experience. They will collaborate with other academic units on campus to improve instruction and strengthen current teacher education pipelines, particularly in middle level and secondary education.


The successful candidate will collaborate and develop external community-based partnerships and relationships with public and private K-12 schools in the region. They will be active and visible in these partnerships and demonstrate knowledge of the unique needs of the schools and communities in our region: rural, suburban, and urban. They will build relationships with alumni, individual donors, foundations, corporations, and other community organizations in order to further the mission of Newberry College.


The successful candidate will have a commitment to identifying, recruiting, and retaining strong faculty and staff. They will set a clear vision for the department and develop the leadership in the faculty and staff to deliver that vision to our students.


The candidate will understand and maintain the department’s accreditation status across multiple programs and in collaboration with multiple departments on campus. This will include support of faculty in understanding and meeting individual program and assessment requirements.


Newberry College has a proud tradition of supporting recent graduates as they transition into the classroom in an effort to minimize attrition of teachers during the first 3-5 years of service. The successful candidate will continue to advance this important priority of the college. Many of the senior leaders in the Newberry County School District are Newberry graduates who share our commitment to strengthening the relationship with the college and the continued development and success of its graduates.

This position reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is an integral part of the senior leadership for academic affairs. This candidate will be an important partner to the VPAA, playing a critical role in the development of strategic projects and initiatives that improve teaching and learning in all departments. This includes looking at new and innovative programming, including programming at the master’s level.


Newberry College is committed to the achievement of academic excellence by students from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to giving all students opportunities for success through service and personal attention. The successful candidate will have intercultural competence and history of success working with students from diverse and underrepresented populations.


  • An earned doctorate is required. A.B.D. may be considered.

  • Seven years of teaching experience with a record of scholarship, service, budget management, and collaboration that would merit the appointment as an associate professor.


Decisions on tenure and rank are described in the faculty policy manual.


Applicants should send a letter in interest, CV, official graduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references directly to Associate Dean Christina Wendland at Please include “Chair, Department of Education” in the subject line.


Review of applications will begin Feb. 24 and remain open until the position is filled.

Our Institution

Newberry College is a private, residential, co-educational institution with a diverse student population. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church and today affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Newberry College prepares students in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition through a supportive academic community for lifelong intellectual and personal development, meaningful vocation and engaged citizenship in the global society. The College offers baccalaureate degrees in 32 majors, online degree-completion programs and five dual-degree programs. Newberry also offers 21 21 NCAA Division II sports, cheerleading, and dance, in which a majority of the student population compete. The institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. The Department of Teacher Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


These job descriptions reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be EMPLOYED AT WILL. Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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