Director of the Center for Higher Education

Posted on12/4/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDepartment Chair, and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Reports in officeDepartment of Counseling and Higher Education, Ohio University
Application due dateJanuary 31, 2018
Job start datenow
Other Location45701
InstitutionOhio University-Main Campus
Institution descriptionThe Center for Higher Education (Center) seeks a highly qualified leader and scholar for the position of Director. The Center is located within the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University (OHIO). The Center conducts and facilitates research and policy analysis center focused on higher education issues in Ohio, the Appalachian region, and the nation at large. The Center is seeking a director who will lead research and secure grant procurement and execute sponsored research funding opportunities. The successful candidate will work directly with the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program as a full-time administrator.

The goals for the Center for Higher Education include securing grant funding and conducting research and policy analysis devoted to topics (e.g., policy, faculty issues, governance) relevant to higher education at national, state, Appalachian region or local levels. The Center also develops collaborative relationships and partnerships that enhances its capacity to meet challenges facing higher education in Southeastern Ohio and the Appalachian region. Further, the Center will provide faculty and students in the master’s and doctoral programs in HESA and in The Patton College of Education at large with opportunities for professional experience and research. The Center also engages them in activities that support the strategic priorities of Ohio University. Finally, the work and activities within the Center will make a valuable contribution to the social, economic, and cultural development goals of OHIO by pursuing initial and sustained scholarly and grants productivity.

The Center is involved in a myriad of activities which include contracted or externally funded research projects, independent research projects, consultation, and other service activities. For additional information about the Center for Higher Education, visit our website at
Job dutiesResponsibilities include:
(a) Grant Solicitation/Development/Administration: Identify opportunities to seek external grant funding for Center projects. Write proposals seeking grant funds for Center research projects;
(b) Research: In collaboration with HESA faculty, other Patton College faculty, and other OHIO faculty and researchers, develop, coordinate, and conduct substantial and meaningful research projects related to the Center's goals. Publish and present findings for both Center­sponsored and externally-sponsored outlets and events;
(c) Communication: Using a variety of media, communicate to a broad audience, both inside and outside of OHIO, relevant research and research-related activities of faculty and graduate students in the Higher Education / HESA programs.
(d) Supervision: Oversee all phases of the research process and training activities. Ensure all research activities complying with the institutional policy and federal regulations governing human subjects research. Supervise graduate assistant(s) and oversee other personnel affiliated with funded projects, such as grant managers and editors.
(e) Service: Under the supervision of the Department Chair, as a liaison with the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and in partnership with the HESA faculty, provide project management support for externally funded research projects. Participate in service and training at program, department, college and university levels.
QualificationsRequired qualifications include:

• A master’s degree from an accredited university in higher education or a relevant field.
• Documented experience with leading and facilitating grant application, developing budget, and maintaining funding.
• Demonstrated record of successfully secured grants.
• Strong evidence of the ability to delineate and maintain a focused research agenda.
• Strong evidence of the ability to coordinate faculty, staff, and graduate students and lead the research team to produce cutting-edge research.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Graduate-level training in statistics and research methodology and practical experience in a variety of statistical and non-statistical methods

Preferred qualifications include:
• Strong preference will be given to applicants who hold an earned doctorate from an accredited university in higher education or a relevant field.

The Patton College of Education values diverse academic styles and philosophies and strives to further diversify its faculty and staff to enhance the student experience. Preference will be given to candidates offering a diverse set of experience and educational backgrounds while also aligning with the departmental and college academic goals.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsSalary is commensurate with education and experience within OHIO’s IC2 designation, paygrade 17 (see: Additionally, the Director is eligible for a generous benefits package including medical, life insurance and educational benefits offered for OHIO’s full-time employees and all dependents including domestic partners. The appointment is initially for three years with annual renewal based upon successful completion of Center goals. After five years, the Director should generate sufficient grant and contract funds from external sources to cover full operation of the Center. The Director’s role may include teaching up to two courses in the Higher Education program per academic year, as overload, contingent upon the instructional needs of the HESA program and departmental budget.
Application procedureApplication Process:
To be considered applicants must submit the following items:
• Cover letter documenting applicant’s qualifications for the position
• Curriculum vitae
• Names and contact information (addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) of at least three professional references, including at least one prior or current supervisor’s reference.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must state their current visa and residency status.

Review of materials will begin February 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by January 31, 2018 will receive full consideration. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their materials in as timely as manner as possible. The desired position start date is August 14, 2018. Nominations are encouraged.

Questions should be directed to: Dr. Lijing Yang, Assistant Professor and Search Committee Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, Email:

The above materials should be attached to the university jobs online application website. Please complete the online quick application and fully describe qualifications and related experience in a current vita accompanied by a cover letter indicating how skills and experiences match the requirements specified in the position announcement. Be prepared to attach: CV, cover letter, list of at least three references with contact information (addresses, phone numbers and email addresses).