St.  Catherine University

Division Chair - Social Science

St. Paul, MN
Sep 11, 2020
Oct 11, 2020
St. Catherine University
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time
Job Title Division Chair - Social Science Primary Campus St. Paul Posting Number 20200020-FAC Position Responsibilities

St. Catherine University invites applications for a Division Chair of our Social Science Division. This is a 12-month, faculty position where rank and wage will be determined by qualifications. Disciplines represented in Social Science include Communication Studies, Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, Economics and Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology and Women’s Studies.

The Division Chair of Social Science serves as a transformational leader and mentor to faculty colleagues, as a collaborator with other university departments and leaders, and as an advocate for the Social Science Division. The Division Chair will provide leadership with vision, direction, and inspiration in order that the highest level in teaching, research and service activities in the division are realized. Beyond maintaining a mission driven program, the Division Chair is ultimately responsible for guiding the department’s programs, enrollment, curricular quality, assessment, and faculty scholarship/service.

Based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Kate’s is home to a diverse group of nearly 5,000 students in a wide array of disciplines and degree levels. At its heart, the legacy of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), informs every facet of this private Catholic university. The Division Chair will lead based on values inspired by the Sisters, including those of community, spirituality, and social justice. Responsibilities include:

  • Lead and manage the division including strategic planning, curriculum development, support for instruction and research, budget preparation and management, course planning and scheduling, faculty contracts, and other operational responsibilities.
  • Establish an agenda which has innovation and growth at its center with a vision for shaping the division and each department in ways that support equity and access.
  • Help facilitate the development of new strategies for increased student enrollment, retention and success, including underrepresented populations.
  • Lead accreditation and assessment efforts and successfully collaborate with faculty to strengthen academic excellence.
  • Understand the spectrum of pedagogies and practices within the division.
  • Collaborate with faculty to highlight the liberal arts pedagogy within the division’s curriculum.
  • Foster a culture of inclusive excellence through authentic relationships with students as an educator, an advisor, and a mentor.
  • Develop and maintain key strategic partnerships.
Position Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Doctorate in a discipline represented within the Social Science Division.
  • Three years of administrative experience as a college or university department chair or program director.
  • Three years of experience leading or facilitating college or university-wide committees.
  • Experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Experience using digital tools for teaching and collaboration.
  • A demonstrated record of scholarship.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Three years of experience leading organizational change.
  • Experience writing successful grants.
  • Experience successfully leading an accreditation process (e.g. Professional Educator Licensing Standards Board).

Consistent with the university’s Catholic identity, its commitment to women, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and dedication to a liberal arts based curriculum, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their teaching, research, service and accomplishments. EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

To Apply and Special/Other Requirements Summary

Visit to apply! Submit a letter of interest, addressing, as appropriate, the issues and desired qualifications outlined in this profile. Include a current resume or CV showing relevant responsibilities and accomplishments, and the names and contact information of five references and the candidate’s relationship to each reference. References will be called at a later stage and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge. The deadline for applications is October 11, 2020.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

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