Division Chair Humanities

Division Chair Humanities

Division Chair Humanities

Wagner College invites applications for an inaugural Division Chair of Humanities. The Division Chair of Humanities serves as a transformational leader and mentor to faculty colleagues, as a collaborator with other college departments and leaders, and as an advocate for the Humanities Division. The division chair will partner with faculty and administration to provide leadership, vision, direction, and inspiration to help achieve the next highest levels in teaching, research, and service activities in the division.

The Division Chair of Humanities reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Beyond maintaining a mission driven program, the division chair is ultimately responsible for guiding the department’s programs, enrollment, curricular quality, assessment, and faculty scholarship/service. Disciplines in the Humanities at Wagner College include English, History, Modern Languages, and Philosophy. This is a 12-month position with some teaching responsibilities expected.

Division Chair of Humanities responsibilities include:

  • Lead and manage the division including strategic planning, curriculum development, support for instruction and research, budget preparation and management, course planning and scheduling, faculty contracts, and other operational responsibilities.
  • Establish an agenda which has innovation and growth at its center with a vision for shaping the division and each department in ways that support equity and access.
  • Help facilitate the development of new strategies for increased student enrollment, retention, and success, including underrepresented populations.
  • Lead accreditation and assessment efforts and successfully collaborate with faculty to strengthen academic excellence.
  • Understand the spectrum of pedagogies and practices within the division.
  • Collaborate with faculty to highlight the liberal arts pedagogy, experiential learning, and civic engagement within the division’s curriculum.
  • Foster a culture of inclusive excellence through authentic relationships with students as an educator, an advisor, and a mentor.
  • Develop and maintain key strategic partnerships.
  • Strong commitment to ensuring inclusive teaching and practices throughout the division.

Nothing in this job description restricts Management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Position Qualifications


  • Doctorate in one of the areas in the division
  • Minimum of three years of leadership as a department chair or program director
  • Minimum of three years of leadership/facilitation of college or college-wide committees
  • Experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • A record of successful programs and innovations that resulted in equitable outcomes for students from underrepresented populations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to valuing and integrating the liberal arts within the division’s curriculum
  • A demonstrated commitment to Experiential Learning and/or Civic Engagement
  • A demonstrated record of research/scholarship
  • General knowledge of the spectrum of pedagogies and practices associated with the departments in the division
  • Collaborate with faculty to highlight the liberal arts pedagogy within the division’s curriculum.
  • Foster a culture of inclusive excellence through authentic relationships with students as an educator, an advisor, and a mentor.
  • Develop and maintain key strategic partnerships.


  • Three years of experience as a tenured department chair or in another leadership position in an educational setting.
  • Three years of successful experience leading organizational change.
  • Competence in digital tools for teaching and collaboration.
  • Experience writing successful grants.
  • Experience successfully leading an accreditation process (e.g. Professional Educator Licensing Standards Board, Regional Accrediting requirements).
  • Experience teaching online and in graduate level programs.

To Apply, please direct cover letters and resumes to: Joy Stapleton, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at joy.stapleton@wagner.edu  with the subject line “Division Chair of Humanities"

No phone calls please.

The review of applications will begin immediately.

Additional Information

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $100,000 - $113,332. Wagner College considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

Wagner College achieves this mission through the implementation and enhancement of The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, which was formally launched in 1998. This innovative and bold curricular methodology is predicated on a method of integrated learning. It builds upon Wagner’s history of combining liberal arts and focused professional programs, coupled with our unique location and requires experiential learning for all students. The Plan has thus ushered in a new vision of engaged student learning that is at once reflective and integrated, theoretical and practical. Our goal has been, and continues to be, to provide a transformative college experience which best prepares our students for positions of effective and responsible leadership and citizenship in their chosen professions, and in their personal and public lives. From the outset, our faculty have eagerly led this learning centered endeavor.

Preparing all students for such leadership requires a coherent, efficient, effective and universal educational program and a focused Faculty and Administration, supported by an equally committed Board of Trustees.

Wagner College prepares students for life, as well as for careers, by emphasizing scholarship, achievement, leadership, and citizenship. Wagner offers a comprehensive educational program that is anchored in the liberal arts, experiential and co-curricular learning, interculturalism, interdisciplinary studies, and service to society, and that is cultivated by a faculty dedicated to promoting individual expression, reflective practice, and integrative learning.

Wagner College offers a generous benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, pension and paid time off benefits to all full-time employees. The Wagner College Office of Human Resources partners with all members of the College community to cultivate a work environment that values equal opportunity, diversity equity inclusion and access, professional development and individual excellence.

Wagner College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wagner College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.