Dean, School of Communications
Under the leadership of President Sidney A. Ribeau, Howard University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Communications.
The School of Communications:
Howard University’s School of Communications seeks to maintain an environment in which students engage in the pursuit of knowledge within a framework of academic excellence, professional ethics and social justice, and prepare themselves for leadership roles in the complex fields of communications, whether as teachers, researchers, or professional practitioners. The School of Communications is the University’s third largest and currently consists of four academic departments: Communication and Culture; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Journalism; and Radio, Television and Film. It offers undergraduate degrees with concentrations in legal communications, speech and applied communications, advertising, broadcast news, print/on-line journalism, public relations, audio production, television production, telecommunications management, and film.
The school also offers an M.F.A. degree in film (and is the only historically Black college/university with this degree offering). In conjunction with the Graduate School, the School of Communications offers an accredited M.S. degree in communication disorders and speech language pathology and Ph.D. degree concentrations in speech language pathology, mass communications and media studies. Fifty-five full-time faculty members are distributed among these programs, and another thirty-four part-time faculty members teach specialized courses. The School also sponsors an endowed undergraduate honors program and a center for excellence in advertising. Its current student body consists of 1,200 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Dean is responsible for the overall academic, administrative and fiscal leadership of the School of Communications. The Dean reports to the university’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Major responsibilities include: maintaining academic programs of high quality; promoting an organizational climate that fosters excellence in teaching, research, professional practice, and service; enhancing the unit’s contribution to communications research; identifying and securing external sources of support for academic programs and initiatives; fostering the continued professional development of faculty and staff; and recruiting and training students who will serve as future leaders in the communication professions and in the academy. Consistent with the university’s emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations, the Dean will also be responsible for encouraging their growth both within the school and between the school and the other academic and research units. Additionally, the Dean will be expected to articulate a commitment to shared governance and faculty collegiality as well as advance the academic renewal goals of the university and the school.
Minimum Qualifications: Preferred candidates will possess an earned Ph.D. in an academic discipline related to communications. In addition, the candidate will have a demonstrated record of success at senior levels of academic leadership, including responsibility for accredited programs; a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and service that merits the rank of professor at a research university; and a successful record of budgetary, organizational and personnel management.
Alternatively, candidates may possess a master’s degree in communications or a related discipline and a record of high achievement as a professional in communications, preferably at the executive level, with significant experience leading complex organizations; managing creative, innovative people; and managing operational and capital budgets. The successful candidate has a record that merits the rank of professor at a research university.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The preferred starting date is July or August 2012.
The University: Chartered by Congress in 1867, Howard University is the world’s largest and most comprehensive university with a predominantly African-American enrollment. Its faculty, staff and student body include persons of all colors, creeds and nationalities. Howard University is a private university accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Thirteen schools and colleges offer undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, education, engineering, and health sciences, and graduate professional training in dentistry, divinity, medicine, law, and social work. The faculty consists of more than 1, 100 full-time and approximately 450 part-time members, whose ranks included nationally and internationally recognized scholars. Its 10,500 students pursue studies in more than 120 disciplines leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Howard University among the Research Universities with High Research Activity.
Review of Applications and Nominations: Candidates should address the above criteria in a letter of interest along with current curriculum vitae and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail and mailing address of four references. Review of applications will begin immediately. To assure full consideration, applicants are advised to submit their materials by April 20, 2012. Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically to: CommunicationsDeanSearch@howard.edu. Inquiries and submissions may also be addressed to: The Search Advisory Committee, School of Communications, Office of the Provost, Suite 405, Howard University, 2400 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Howard University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.