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Department Chair, Family and Consumer Sciences

The College of Health Sciences at Sam Houston State University announces its search for an innovative leader with a record of academic accomplishment and organizational leadership to serve as Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The department is home to five academic programs: Food Science and Nutrition, Food Service Management, Family and Consumer Sciences (with the option for teacher certification), Fashion Merchandising, and Interior Design. The department also offers a Master of Science in FCS and a Master of Science in Dietetics which includes a Dietetic Internship Program. It houses several laboratories and the SHSU food pantry which serves the Sam Houston campus population. Huntsville, Texas is a large university town in East Texas located at the juncture of the Brazos Valley and the East Texas piney woods. It is a beautiful, quiet area, located next to the Sam Houston National Forest. It has everything you need! It is close to Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the United States, but without that city’s traffic congestion.

The Chair is the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences’ chief academic and administrative officer, overseeing the department’s programs of education, research, and service to the campus and surrounding communities. The Chair has the responsibility for administering the department and enhancing its relationships with other departments in the College of Health Sciences in particular, and to the university in general. A member of the College’s leadership team, the Chair reports to the Dean of the College, and represents a diverse faculty, providing strong advocacy, leadership, and mentoring of junior faculty.

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer. SHSU is committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness on campus, and to providing a safe, supportive workplace fostering understanding among human beings in their diversity, facilitating the recruitment, retention, and support of diverse students, faculty, and staff, as well as to broader actions toward increasing diversity across our university community. The department is committed to our university values of academic excellence, student success, innovation focus, operational efficiency, and enduring traditions. The department calls for the consideration of diversity broadly in all official decisions taken at department, college, and university levels, in order to foster mutual understanding and create a better learning, research, and work community. The department recognizes the need to recruit and retain faculty and leadership from diverse backgrounds and seeks to foster robust policy awareness about existing diversity hiring initiatives and capabilities, and the need to establish new ones. To apply or for the full position announcement, go to: https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/20835

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