Professor and Head, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences - Auburn University

POSITION:  Twelve-month tenure track position, Professor and Head, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences in the College of Human Sciences, position is available beginning June 1, 2017.

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. The position demands performance of professional level duties to include providing academic and administrative leadership; providing leadership for student and faculty recruitment, faculty development, program assessment, long-range planning, budgeting, and public relations; supervising and evaluating personnel; supervising Cooperative Extension and other outreach activities; serving on university committees; developing and maintaining community and business partnerships; serving as a liaison to administration, alumni, and the community; and teaching, advising students, and conducting research as appropriate. In addition, the Head serves as a mentor and advocate for Department interests, needs and programs, which includes leadership in fund raising/development activities and working with industry and advisory boards.

QUALIFICATIONS: Possess an earned doctorate in apparel merchandising, design and production management, interior design or a closely related discipline

Academic credentials must be commensurate for a Full Professor appointment representing excellence in teaching, research and/or extension/outreach

Must demonstrate an understanding of the breadth and depth of the different departmental constituencies and have a strong academic and industry network

Possess excellent interpersonal communication skills and demonstrate that he/she can communicate effectively with faculty, staff, stakeholders, parents and students

Demonstrate leadership, organizational skills, budget/resource management ability, personnel management skills and have the ability to secure and sustain extramural funding

Meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment

DEPARTMENT:  The Department of Consumer and Design Sciences includes 15 faculty members (13 full- time, tenured/tenure track), 466 undergraduates and 28 graduate students.  The Department offers undergraduate degrees in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Production Management (AMDP) and Interior Design (INDS). These programs have been consistently recognized with national rankings in the respective programmatic areas. The Department offers masters and doctoral degrees in Consumer and Design Sciences. Additional information
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UNIVERSITY:  Auburn University, a premier land-grant institution, was chartered in 1856.  Auburn has consistently been ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 50 public universities in the United States.  The university has an enrollment of 28,290 regional, national and international students.  The University provides instruction in approximately 60 academic departments and maintains research and public service programs.  The University is located in the city of Auburn in east Alabama near several large metropolitan areas in Alabama and Georgia.  For more information please see

INSTRUCTIONS:  Applicants must apply via the on-line system at the following link: Please provide a letter of interest stating professional goals and philosophy of leadership, a complete CV and portfolio if applicable, and three professional references.  Only complete application materials will be considered. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.


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