Saint Leo University

Department Chair, Language Studies and the Arts: Assistant/Associate Professor

US-FL-Saint Leo
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Saint Leo University is one of the largest and most innovative Catholic universities in the United States. Saint Leo enrolls students at the traditional University Campus, at more than 40 education centers and offices, and through the Center for Online Learning. University-wide, Saint Leo enrolls students from 49 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, and 86 countries. Saint Leo University ranks as one of the nation’s leading providers of higher education for active duty military and veterans, and it is a nationally recognized leader in online education.


The School of Arts and Sciences is seeking a department chair for a multidisciplinary department consisting of programs in English, fine arts, humanities, and foreign languages. Candidates with experience leading departments with multiple disciplines, particularly programs with the humanities, the fine arts, and English are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must have a teaching discipline in one of the areas of the department, two years of successful leadership as a department chair or assistant/associate chair, and a successful track record of developing interdisciplinary curriculum.

This is a nine (9) month, full-time faculty/administrative appointment at the Assistant Professor rank to include a two (2) course teaching load per semester, per academic year (2+2) with additional compensation for chair/summer responsibilities.

This position is pending final budgetary approval for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Position is open until filled with review of candidate materials beginning immediately for anticipated August 2017 or January 2018 start.


In addition to curriculum vitae, the following documents are required for consideration. Please upload documents in one file (.PDF or Word) to the APPLICANT PACKET section of the application: 

  1. Values Statement
  2. Teaching Philosophy
  3. Cover Letter
  4. Transcripts (see special instructions)
  5. Letter of Recommendation 1
  6. Letter of Recommendation 2
  7. Letter of Recommendation 3
  8. Student Evaluations (six classes minimum)
  • Values statement (500 words or less) highlights how your administrative philosophy and practices fit the Missions and Values of Saint Leo University. The University Ideal 2017, Mission Statement and Values are available on the Saint Leo website. 
  • Teaching philosophy (500 words or less) highlights how your teaching and administrative philosophy and practices fit the Mission and Values of Saint Leo University.
  • Official transcripts (including WES evaluation if from an international university)
  • All letters of recommendation should be professional references and at least one from a recent superior. If you do not have those documents at the time of application, please upload a text or word document stating, "Recommendations will be sent independently."  Recommendation letters can be mailed to Academic Affairs at the address stated below.
  • Student evaluations from the last year (at least six classes, an even mix of graduate and undergraduate).


Special Instructions:


Official transcripts for Master, Graduate, and Doctorate degrees are required to complete your application packet and are to be issued directly to Saint Leo University from the respective education institution. Transcripts that are “Issued to Student” or issued to another institution are not accepted. Digital and/or electronic transcripts cannot be accepted at this time. A certified evaluation and translation is required for foreign transcripts from World Education Services (WES). Expenses for official transcripts are the responsibility of the applicant.


Please have transcripts and certified evaluations mailed to:

Saint Leo University

Academic Affairs MC 2006

PO Box 6665

Saint Leo, Florida 33574



  • The department chair supports the English major; minor and elective courses in the humanities, fine arts, and foreign languages; a Bridge Program for non-native speakers; and courses in the university’s general education program.
  • The chair manages the departmental budget, supports departmental after hours events, and oversees curriculum and faculty at the university campus and at the various education centers and online.
  • Some travel to the university’s education centers required. 
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to forge relationships with various constituencies at the university highly desirable.
  • This is a full-time, nine (9) month, tenure track, administrative faculty appointment with a two (2) course teaching load per semester (2+2) with administrative duties as assigned by the Dean.
  • Advise students; Engage in curriculum development; Support recruiting efforts; Demonstrate professional development (e.g., scholarly research); Undertake community service in keeping with the school’s Benedictine values; and Demonstrate the ability to use discipline-related technology.
  • Summer assignment, with an additional summer stipend, also required.


Required/Minimum Qualifications:


  • The successful candidate must have a teaching discipline in one of the areas of the department.
  • Two years of successful leadership as a department chair or assistant/associate chair of a multidisciplinary department. 
  • A successful track record of developing interdisciplinary curriculum.


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