Arising from the restructuring of Academic Affairs Division, the office of Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Students Affairs is seeking to recruit qualified candidates to fill in the position of Chairs of Departments in the respective Schools as follows:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences (4 positions)
  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Department of Languages and Literature
Chandaria School of Business (3 positions)
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management
School of Science and Technology (1 position)
  • Department of Computing
School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (1 position)
  • Department of Pharmacy
School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (2 positions)
  • Department of Journalism and corporate Communication
  • Department of Cinematic Arts
Job Purpose

Reporting to the respective Deans, the Chair of departments will be responsible for the delivery of academic programs in accordance with departmental, school and University’s strategic plans; coordinate faculty and staff performance evaluation and recruitment and selection for the department. This is a three (3) years term appointment with a possible renewal of a second term based on the satisfactory performance on the job.

Key Responsibilities

Academic Policy and Leadership
  • Working with faculty and students to establish and maintain a long term vision for the department that is consistent with the School and university missions
  • Coordinating the development of long-term planning and for the department
  • Teach two course per academic year
  • Serve as a liaison between the department and other units of the institution in order to facilitate departmental operations and to promote university-wide policies and practices within the department
  • Communicating accurately University policy and reasons for policy to the department faculty
  • Initiating operational policies within the department for discussion, approval, and implementation
  • Insure departmental compliance with accrediting bodies’ rules and regulations
  • Encourage and facilitate faculty professional development through activities such as research collaboration, mentorship activities, attendance at professional meetings and workshops, and professional and community service
  • Supervise faculty adherence to university standards for excellence as well as to institutional procedures and policies, e.g., harmonization of course outlines, peer reviews, use of formative assessment, and reliance on innovative teaching techniques such as blackboard
  • Serve as the liaison between the department and the school, the division of academic affairs and the university as a whole
  • Participate in research and scholarly activities in the discipline of training
  • Participate and assist department faculty in university and community service activities as appropriate
Curriculum Development, Assessment and Review
  • Oversee the development of new programs and the revisions existing ones in the department
  • Develop methods for assessing the effectiveness of instructional programs
  • Coordinate the assessment and review of academic programs offered by the department, including the appointment of assessment and review teams
  • Coordinate the assessment of general education courses taught within the department
  • Manage the moderation of all departmental examinations at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels
Department Operations
  • Manage course schedules and workloads in a fair, flexible and productive manner to serve program and student needs
  • Manage course registrations and instructor assignments
  • Oversee the department's fiscal operations, including developing and regularly monitoring the department budget
  • Review and revise department information published in the university catalog and departmental website
  • Manage the maintenance of departmental print and electronic records, including websites
  • Maintain faculty course files and efficient system of records
  • Generate proposals for funds to support the academic programs
  • Prepare agenda for, convene, and chairing regular departmental meetings
  • Constitute and convene periodic meetings of a Departmental Advisory Board
Personnel Management
  • Participate in the recruitment and orientation of new faculty, demonstrating a commitment to the affirmative action goals of the University
  • Overseeing the signing of Performance Contracts by faculty and staff and the enforcement of performance targets
  • Conduct the annual evaluation of faculty and staff and make appropriate recommendations for improvement
  • Support and oversee the overall development of the department faculty and staff
  • Appraise faculty and staff and make recommendations for promotions
  • Approval of workload plans for both full-time and Adjunct faculty
  • Review faculty and staff grievances within the department
  • Participate in faculty mentorship and in student advising programs
Management of Students’ Matters
  • Facilitate recruitment and admission of students in the department's programs
  • Oversee student advising and reviews of degree progress by faculty, including the allocation of faculty advisors to all students in the department
  • Evaluate student transfer credits
  • Manage students’ research, including the allocation of supervisors, the provision of periodic reviews and the resolution of supervisor-supervisee differences
  • Review student academic concerns and grievances, including grade appeals, academic dismissals and any other matters related to academic infractions
Qualifications/Educational/Professional/Experience
  • Doctoral degree in any field relevant to the Department from an accredited university
  • Should currently be serving the university at a rank of Associate Professor or Professor in any one of the fields offered in the Department. In those programs where there are no Associate Professors and Professors, Assistant Professors with considerable experience are encouraged to apply
  • Relevant leadership and Management experience as a head of a department
  • Documented performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service
  • A record of leadership experience within the profession or the university
Skills and Competencies
  • Analytical and quantitative skills
  • Organizational and good inter-personal skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good leadership skills

If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and want to join the University’s leadership team, please apply.

Interested applicants must send a cover letter and a current CV, certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, to the address below by close of business on Monday, May 28, 2018. Those who had applied before need NOT reapply.

Director of Administration,
United States International University - Africa
P.O Box 14634-00800, Nairobi, Kenya
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USIU-Africa is an equal opportunity employer