Academic Department Head (School of Information Security & Applied Computing)
Eastern Michigan University
Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Internal Number: 494714
Title: Academic Department Head (School of Information Security & Applied Computing)
Employee Classification: AP - Administrative Professional
Pay Grade: AP MGAD2
Division: Academic and Student Affairs
Department: ACT - AA-College of Technology
Campus Location: Main Campus
The School of Information Security & Applied Computing (SISAC) in the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) invites applications for a School Director position. SISAC, as a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education by the National Security Agency. The school offers undergraduate degree programs in Cybersecurity and Information Technology (IT). In addition, the school offers a master's degree in Cybersecurity and a doctoral degree in Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the successful candidates will be:
Administering and directing the developmental, personnel, financial, and operational activities of the School in collaboration with faculty.
Preparing and monitoring the departmental budget for personnel services, supplies, maintenance, and equipment, as well as other grants and contracts.
Ensuring alignment of departmental goals with college and university goals.
Providing departmental leadership in the development of new initiatives/programs and revision of existing ones.
Evaluating faculty performance for tenure, promotion, and salary adjustment recommendations to the Dean of the College.
Planning, developing, and scheduling departmental course offerings, advising students and supporting faculty regarding such matters as curricular requirements, transfer of courses.
Undertaking outreach initiatives to two-year colleges for articulation agreements.
Managing availability of classes and academic problems and/or grievances.
Recruiting and interviewing prospective faculty.
Advising and assisting the College Dean in program and policy development.
Administering and managing school resources.
Participating in local, national, and professional associations to continue academic development and promote the University.
Establishing and maintaining public relations activities with governmental, educational, civic, and community agencies.
Cultivating alumni and other donor connections to garner financial support for departmental projects and programs.
Approving school listings in graduate and undergraduate catalogs,
Consulting with department faculty at periodic staff meetings and as needed.
Teaching a school course or equivalent during one or more semesters.
Performing related departmental duties as required, Providing mentorship and support to tenure track faculty in teaching, service, and research/scholarly activities.
Building research teams to target high-valued research opportunities.
The successful candidate for this position should have:
A Ph.D. in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, or a closely related field and qualified for a tenured Associate or Full professor rank in one of the programs in SISAC.
Experience in curriculum development and experience with leading accreditation, such as NSA CAE, ABET, or others. The candidate will lead accreditation/assessment activities.
Experience as a director or department head for a team of cybersecurity (or related discipline) faculty for multiple years with an excellent track record and outstanding faculty testimonials.
Experience (4-5 years) successfully leading a related program, especially in Cybersecurity, preferably at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Experience in hiring, evaluating, and mentoring full-time and part-time faculty.
Experience in supporting undergraduate and graduate programs in related fields.
Commensurate record of academic or professional accomplishments.
Proven success in working collaboratively to advance academic programs with high interpersonal skills and professionalism.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom and a commitment to cultivating a climate in the school where students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds can thrive.
Experience with modern Cybersecurity curriculum, preferably having taught Cybersecurity courses.
Experience in recruiting and retaining Cybersecurity students.
Experience in service at various university levels, such as college council, faculty senate, etc.
Experience in grant submission processes, supporting faculty pursuing grants, and/or managing external funding
Background and qualification to be a tenured professor in one of the programs in the school.
Records of successful academic and administrative leadership in the computing field in higher education academic institutions.
High-quality teaching records with innovative instructional materials and technologies, including course, lab, and program development.
Records of leading high-valued research teams and programs in their research field.
Strong background in managing personnel and resources, including leading faculty.
Strong communication skills and awareness of principles of shared governance in a collective bargaining environment.
Records of strong and successful student and faculty recruitment efforts.
Outstanding references/testimonials from faculty that the candidate has managed in the past, if applicable.
Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their related experience for the position and a detailed curriculum vitae.
Since its inception, Eastern Michigan, first as a Normal School, then as a College and finally as a University, has grown and developed to respond to the ever-changing needs of society. Over the years, EMU has educated thousands of sons and daughters of Michigan, the nation, and the world. The University currently serves 23,000 students who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 200 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. Eastern Michigan's exceptional faculty, students and alumni include CEOs from major businesses; a National Student Teacher of the Year, National Teacher of the Year, numerous Fulbright Scholars and Milken Family Foundation National Educators award winners; and several Michigan Teachers of the Year.