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Job ID: 168453

Professor and Head
Auburn University

Date Posted Sep. 29, 2021
Title Professor and Head
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Consumer & Design Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Design - Fashion & Textile Design

POSITION: Twelve month tenure track position, Professor and Head, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences, position is available beginning August 1, 2022.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of the Head are to provide visionary leadership and overall management of the Department. The Head also serves as the senior faculty administrator and promotes excellence in teaching, research and extension/outreach programs. The position demands performance of professional level duties to include providing academic and administrative leadership to the Department; providing leadership for faculty development, program development and assessment, long-range planning, budgeting, and public relations; providing leadership for recruitment and retention of diverse students and faculty; supervising and evaluating personnel; supervising Cooperative Extension and other outreach activities; serving as part of the College’s Leadership team; serving on university committees; developing and maintaining community and business partnerships; serving as a liaison to administration, alumni, and the community; addressing student issues; and maximizing use of space and physical facilities. In addition, the Head serves as an advocate for department interests, needs and programs, which includes leadership in fund raising/development activities and working with industry and advisory boards.

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Consumer and Design Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Production Management (AMDP), Interior Design (INDS), and Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (PNPS). AMDP, an affiliate of the American Apparel and Footwear Association and member of the National Retail Federation, has a unified core curriculum with divergent options in Merchandising or Design and Production Management. INDS is CIDA-accredited and nationally-ranked, and has specialized studios in residential, commercial, healthcare, and hospitality design. PNPS uniquely integrates varied career directions in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations with consumer financial planning for wealth management. All programs require a full-time internship. The CADS graduate program offers M.S. (thesis or non-thesis) and Ph.D. options. Additional information can be found at

COLLEGE: The College of Human Sciences at Auburn University, established in 1916, has approximately 1,600 students distributed among three departments: Consumer and Design Sciences; Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management; and Human Development and Family Science, and an Office of Global Education. These academic units offer seven undergraduate degrees, four minors, five master’s degree programs, and three doctoral programs. The College of Human Sciences offers several study abroad programs and is home to the institution’s only permanent international campus, situated outside Rome, Italy. For more information, please see

UNIVERSITY: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2020, it was ranked 44th among public universities by US News and World Report. Auburn, an R1 institution, maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2020 enrollment of 30,730 students includes 24,505 undergraduates and 6,232 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,643 instructional faculty members-87% of whom are employed full-time-offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community with a 2020 population of 76,143, a moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of more than 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers. For more information, please see Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples…

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