Department Head - Texas A&M University-College Station in College Station Texas

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Texas A&M University-College Station

College Station, Texas 77843-2124

United States


Detailed Job Description

Texas A&M University seeks candidates who are eligible for appointment as a tenured Professor and

Head (12- month) in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS). The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to embody and convey the land grant mission of teaching, research and extension to varying audiences and be a strong advocate for all aspects of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences programs in the department.

About the Department: As an administrative unit of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, within the Texas A&M University System, the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences has a diverse and dynamic mission with 27 faculty, 8 staff, 72 graduate students and 426 undergraduates. The Department’s mission is to enhance individual and social well-being and environmental and economic sustainability by generating and disseminating knowledge about the management and development of recreation, park, youth, community, and tourism resources.

Academic Programs. The Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences as well as a M.S. (thesis and non-thesis options) and Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences. All RPTS undergraduate students focus their studies in one of the following emphasis areas: Community and Park Administration, Tourism Management, Parks & Conservation or Youth Development. Each of these emphasis areas has a corresponding certificate. The department further offers an undergraduate certificate in Hospitality Management and a graduate certificate in Community Development. In addition, our undergraduate major in recreation, park and tourism sciences is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is, in turn, accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

Research. The Department strives to understand and respond to the global and local implications of recreation, parks, youth, tourism, and natural resource dimensions of diverse and changing societies.

Extension. The Department provides research based solutions and educational programs for communities, leaders, and the general public in six emphasis areas: Coastal Watersheds, Event Management, Hospitality & Customer Service, Nature Tourism, Urban & Municipal Parks, and Youth Development.

About the University: Texas A&M University, the only institution in the state to hold Land, Sea and Space Grant status, is a Tier I research university committed to strengthening its diversity. Enrollment at TAMU is approximately 60,000 students; the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences includes 14 departments; 400 faculty and 7,800 students. The University strives to provide a welcoming, supportive and productive environment in which to work, learn and live by embracing diversity in all its forms.

About the Community:The University is in College Station, which combined with the twin city of Bryan and surrounding communities, forms a metropolitan area of approximately 210,000 people with high-quality amenities and a low cost of living. In addition to excellent health, education and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, sports, music, art and theatre.

Responsibilities: The candidate will provide the leadership and vision to foster an integrated culture for a large multidisciplinary department. Specific duties and responsibilities include 1) providing intellectual and philosophical leadership to faculty, staff and students for synergistic academic, research, extension, service and outreach programs; 2)overseeing the management of graduate programs; 3) managing and coordinating the Department’s human, physical, and fiscal resources; 4) fostering a culture of support and success for diverse faculty, staff, and students 5) serving as liaison and advocate for the Department to administration of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Particularly the candidate will be expected to assist in addressing the College’s Grand Challenges of: a) Growing our economy, b) Enriching our youth, c) Improving our health and d) Protecting our environment through continued investment in education, research and extension efforts that can positively impact our complex and growing world.

Qualifications: The position requires a terminal degree in park, recreation, tourism, and/or related discipline with a record of distinction in teaching, research, extension and/or administration. The position also requires demonstrated effective leadership and management of multidisciplinary programs, understanding of the teaching, research, extension and service mission of the department; and creating a departmental culture where diverse faculty, staff, and students can thrive. The candidate must possess outstanding leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as have demonstrated success in communicating effectively with diverse clienteles and stakeholders. The candidate must exhibit the ability to promote the department and increase its national and international prominence. Preference will be given to those with a record of active participation in professional recreation, parks or tourism organizations and an understanding of the Land-Grant University System.

Other Requirements or Factors:

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

Application Process:

Applicants should submit the following: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a brief description of administrative philosophy and goals for the Department, specifically addressing faculty mentoring, the ability to foster academic, research and extension programs across multiple disciplines; how the applicant would advance the goal of diversity and how to be an effective advocate for the department; and 4) list e-mail, telephone, and mailing addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2016 and continue until filled. Position is available June 1, 2016.

Send queries and applications to:

Dr. Parr Rosson, Chair, Search Advisory Committee Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843-2124 979-845-2116

Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer

Keyword Phrases

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  • Teaching
  • Tenure
  • Research
  • RPTS
  • Extension
  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
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  • Terminal
  • Recreation of Park and Tourism Sciences
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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