College of Health and Human Services:
The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), founded in 2002, prepares health and human service professionals who will work to improve the quality of life in their communities and beyond. CHHS consists of the following seven academic units, including: Departments of Applied Human Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Social Work, and Schools of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport and Nursing and Allied Health.
CHHS offers 16 undergraduate majors leading to baccalaureate degrees. Some majors offer concentrations, which provide additional options within these programs. Two (2) associate degree programs, 12 undergraduate certificates, and 12 minors are also offered. At the graduate level, there are 9 master's degree programs and 11 graduate certificates. In addition, 2 professional doctoral degrees, the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Physical Therapy are offered.
CHHS oversees the South-Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Center for Applied Science in Health and Aging (CASHA), the Center for Environmental and Workplace Health (CEWH), and the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research (LCCWEAR). Centers or clinics reporting to a unit within CHHS include the Institute for Rural Health, the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training Center, the Training Resource Center, the Dental Hygiene Clinic, and the Communication Disorders Clinic. These clinics and centers provide on campus applied learning opportunities, including clinical experiences, field work, and/or internships, where students apply the theories and concepts discussed in the classroom.
The Health Sciences Complex, a 73,471 square-foot, three-story facility, on the Medical Center's campus, is home to WKU's nursing and physical therapy programs.
Department of Applied Human Sciences:
The department of Applied Human Sciences views the family, in all its diverse forms, as the cornerstone of a healthy society.
- Our mission is to improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate and influence public policy, career paths and family life.
- Our vision is to be recognized as preparing the best-qualified graduates in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
- Our focus is on preparing students for living, learning, and leading in global communities and career endeavors.
Since its beginning in 1911, many changes have occurred in the department; however, one thing that remains is the high standard of academic quality offered through dynamic majors, minors, certificate programs and involved student organizations. Students in the Department of Applied Human Sciences are consistently awarded top honors by the college and frequently receive local national and international recognition, scholarships and awards for their hard work. Students are well prepared for careers in a wide variety of fields and compete successfully in the global market. The department offers three undergraduate majors leading to baccalaureate degrees. These majors are Child and Family Services, Hospitality Management and Dietetics, and Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising. The department also offers two undergraduate certificates, one graduate certificate, and two undergraduate minors.
Accreditations within the department include:
- Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic concentration in the major of Hospitality Management and Dietetics and the Dietetic Practice graduate certificate
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Child Development Pathway in the major and concentration of Child and Family Services
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program
This position is an 11-month administrative appointment. Department chairs are appointed for four-year terms, subject to annual reviews as well as a comprehensive review in the fourth year. The Chair is responsible for leadership of the Department of Applied Human Sciences, faculty personnel actions, mentorship and development, evaluation of faculty and staff, programmatic and budgeting administration, curriculum development and revision, course and class scheduling, student affairs, office organization, representation of the Dean and statesmanship. The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
- Provides leadership in the areas of curriculum planning, workload assignments, personnel matters, budget administration, facilities management, student issues, and faculty development.
- Oversees program assessment, improvement and, reporting activities.
- Prepares reports and provides data and other information as requested by the Dean or Provost.
- Recruits, develops, and retains faculty committed to strong teaching, scholarship, and service.
- Advocates for supportive teaching, research, and service environments.
- Evaluates faculty and staff.
- Develops constructive external relationships with individuals, organizations, agencies, and other resources considered advantageous to the university and the school.
- Performs classroom instruction.
- Represents AHS at Dean's Leadership Team and University level meetings.
- Approves degree programs for majors/certificates/minors in the academic department.
- Conveys concerns to the Dean and other administrative personnel.
- Hold a doctorate or other terminal degree relevant to discipline.
- Qualified for appointment as an associate professor or professor with tenure.
- A minimum of six years full-time teaching experience at the university or college level.
- Budgeting experience.
- Experience in the development of innovative programs, distance learning, and/or collaborative endeavors.
- Successful record of relevant academic leadership experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Considered Essential for Success:
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Exemplary record of scholarship and community service.
- Ability to attract and retain innovative and creative faculty.
- Ability to serve as an advocate for faculty and students.
- Commitment to building and enhancing collaborations within the school and across campus.
- Strong commitment to community engagement.
- Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary and multicultural settings.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
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