Job Title

Department Head & Associate Professor for College of Innovation and Design


Texas A&M University – Commerce


College of Innovation and Design

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Commerce, Texas

Job Type


Job Description


The position is a full-time, 9-month, tenured position, at the Associate Professor rank or higher, with service as Department Head for the College of Innovation and Design with half-time teaching responsibilities. The position will also have a summer appointment serving as Department Head with half-time teaching responsibilities. The position is responsible for developing a productive and collaborative atmosphere, mentoring faculty, developing an effective shared governance system, working effectively with the college dean and senior administration, building excellence in curriculum, and coursework scheduling in collaboration with the department faculty.

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During the application process you have one opportunity to upload documents as a combined PDF.  The page “My Experience” has an area provided under Resume/CV to drop or upload the file.

This one combined PDF must include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Three professional references with complete contact information (Unsolicited letters of recommendation will not be considered).
  • Transcripts – If required for the position (Unofficial will be accepted with application. Official transcripts are required at time of verbal offer).
    If transcripts are from an international institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcripts translated and evaluated by an approved credential evaluator.

All documents must be electronically submitted through the Texas A&M Online Employment Services website to be considered. Incomplete or improperly submitted applications may be excluded from consideration.


  • Works collaboratively with faculty to build a positive culture, policies, and communication channels
  • Serves as the chief advocate for advancing the mission of the department, as well as the college and university
  • Assesses departmental performance and determines critical requirements for program practices and documentation
  • Leads best practice expectations for recruitment and retention of students, faculty success, alumni relations, managing extramural funding, and other scholarly and fundraising initiatives
  • Promotes and mentors the professional development of faculty within the department, including but not limited to supporting attendance at professional conferences, grant writing, academic and research publications, professional consulting, mentoring, and community engagement
  • Performs annual evaluations of faculty and staff
  • Ensures that departmental course offerings optimize resources and are scheduled in a timely manner to ensure the smooth flow of student progress toward graduation
  • Exercises fiduciary responsibility on all departmental operating, special, and endowment accounts as well as fixed and consumable assets assigned to departmental programs
  • Monitors departmental scholarships closely and ensures they are fully awarded and made in a timely fashion
  • Develops and implements departmental plans for curriculum development, review and revision
  • Utilizes student assessment of instruction and input from faculty, program graduates, and external stakeholders / employers to identify and respond to areas of greater demand and to seek out new areas of strength
  • Works collaboratively with the Dean of Student to oversee an effective and continuous student academic advising program for each academic program of study in the department
  • Monitors graduation rates and ensures compliance with any relevant Texas A&M System Board of Regents or Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requirements
  • Mentors new graduate assistants employed by the department, including those supported by extramural funds, ensuring they receive appropriate training to enable them to perform their job assignments professionally
  • Serves as the primary liaison with the dean, graduate school, the registrar, and institutional effectiveness office
  • Serves as Institutional Effectiveness Officer
  • Keeps faculty informed of institutional issues in a timely and transparent fashion
  • Manages departmental student issues; the graduation process; employment of adjunct faculty and GAs; departmental and program marketing, including the departmental website; student internships; alumni records; departmental fund-raising initiatives; ordering of equipment and/or supplies; facility renovations; and the completion of various required reports
  • Teaches within one or more College of Innovation and Design academic disciplines
  • Works collaboratively with the dean in the development of new undergraduate programs and/or certificates as needed
  • Maintains a strong publication record and disseminates knowledge through presentations and publications
  • Works collaboratively with the dean to seek and attract extramural funding and industry funded partnerships
  • Works collaboratively with dean, faculty and staff to coordinate advisory board networks for academic programs
  • Serves on selected departmental, college and university committees
  • Participates in all aspects of the department’s and college’s activities


  • Education: Earned doctorate in  Business, Higher Education, Social Sciences, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Criminal Justice or a closely related field from an accredited institution.  Candidate must be eligible for tenure in their academic discipline upon appointment. Candidate must have experience and interest teaching in existing College of Innovation and Design academic programs:  Applied Arts and Sciences; General Studies; Organizational Leadership and/or Criminal Justice (competency-based, law enforcement leadership).
  • Experience / Knowledge / Skills:  Academic background commensurate with the rank of associate professor or higher
  • Ability to: Multitask and work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students and others with varying cultures and backgrounds


  • Documented excellence in online teaching
  • Knowledge of competency-based education
  • Knowledge of adult learners and adult completer programs
  • Two years of managerial or administrative experience


Departmental faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and student workers

This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned. Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to promotion of diversity and thus the all employees are expected to facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  The University has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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