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University of Delaware

Location: NewarkDE 19702 Document ID: AB205-12MS Posted on: 2018-04-2504/25/2018 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time

Chairperson, Department of Communication


Chair (Tenured Full Professor)

The University of Delaware invites applications and nominations for the Chair of the Department of Communication. The search committee seeks a Chair enthusiastic about advancing the prominence of the department, furthering its scholarly impact, and leading efforts to create an innovative Ph.D. program. The effective start date is September 1, 2018. The Chair is appointed for a renewable five-year term.

The Department of Communication is in the College of Arts and Sciences and has 20 full-time and jointly-appointed faculty, about 600 undergraduate majors and minors, and 17 students in the master's degree program. The development of a Ph.D. program comes with strong support from the department and administration. With a focus on Social-Behavioral Science, the Department offers two concentrations within the undergraduate major (media communication and interpersonal communication), and is centrally involved in several interdisciplinary minors, including Journalism, Advertising, Interactive Media, and Political Communication. The department faculty, a collegial and highly accomplished group of researchers, teachers, mentors, advisers, and public servants, covers media, interpersonal communication, political communication, public relations, and broadcast journalism courses, including television production.

Candidates should have a broad vision for the department, a desire to maintain and foster the department's collegial and mutually-respectful culture, a commitment to promoting interdisciplinary links with other departments and programs at UD, an interest in expanding opportunities leading to external funding (such as gifts, grants, and fellowships), a desire to connect the department's contributions with the priorities of the college and university, and a commitment to developing curricular, student, and faculty diversity.

The ideal candidate should have Ph.D., a strong record of scholarship commensurate with that of a tenured full professor, as well as extensive teaching, and professional service; demonstrated evidence of academic leadership at the department, college, or university level; faculty level experience with graduate studies; a well-developed commitment to diversity; and the desire to play a senior leadership role in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Chair is responsible for fiscal and other administrative operations of the department, for working with the faculty on academic policies and program development, and for overall leadership in faculty development and student success. The Chair represents the department in national and global professional associations, and plays an active role in external fundraising as well as public and community engagement.

Using the Interfolio online system at UD (https://apply.interfolio.com/38593), applicants should submit a cover letter outlining interest in the position and relevant administrative experience; a statement of one's research, teaching and administrative philosophy; and a current CV including evidence of an academic record that qualifies for appointment of a named university professor. Letters of recommendation may be requested later. Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Please email questions, but not application materials, to the attention of John Ernest, Chair of the Search Committee (jrernest@udel.edu).

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and this is a primary goal for our department. The University of Delaware provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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