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The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applicants at the rank of a senior associate professor or professor with tenure to be appointed chair. The successful applicant must be a scholar able to lead an integrated department with graduate programs in communication and undergraduate programs in communication, journalism and mass communication.  The applicant should be able to demonstrate strong organizational skills and be dedicated to excellence in research, teaching and service.  The ideal candidate should be able to encourage collaboration and enhance learning opportunities with community organizations, professionals and public media outlets.

The chair position is typically a four-year, renewable term, contingent on favorable annual evaluations.  Duties include ensuring delivery of the curriculum, managing faculty and staff, as well as the budgets and program assessments and fostering faculty and graduate student research.  The chair represents the Department within the College and greater University and also facilitates collaboration with other university units. The date of appointment is August 2016, prior to the commencement of the fall semester.

The doctoral program specializes in culture with emphases in intercultural communication, health communication, and mass communication.  It enjoys a national/international reputation in intercultural communication. The MA program offers a general communication degree and the Department has over 800 undergraduate students majoring in communication, strategic communication and multimedia journalism.  The Department currently has 25 full-time faculty.

The Department of Communication & Journalism is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences. A&S is the largest and most diverse of UNM’s eleven colleges and schools.

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, with nearly 35,000 students on the main and branch campuses. UNM offers benefits to same-sex and different sex domestic partners.

UNM is located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. It is an ethnically diverse city in a metropolitan area of over 900,000 that has been listed as one of the best places to live in the United States. The city has rich cultural diversity and offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure. The University is located one hour south of Santa Fe and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, which feature excellent hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing.

Minimum Qualifications:
1.      Doctorate in communication, journalism, mass communication or a related field.
2.      Achieved the rank of senior associate or full professor.
3.      Administrative/leadership experience at the department level or higher.

Preferred Qualifications:
1.      Record of excellence as a leading communication scholar.
2.      Demonstration of leadership experience at the university, department or community levels.
3.      Ability to address the needs of a department that integrates communication, journalism and mass communication.
4.      Demonstrated excellence in teaching graduate and undergraduate students.
5.      Ability or potential for obtaining external funding to support research and teaching.
6.      Record of active participation in academic and professional associations.
7.      A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Application Process:  A complete application consists of:  (1) letter of interest identifying scholarship, areas of administrative/leadership experience and teaching experience; (2) academic curriculum vita; and (3) three letters of references.  Reference letters should be emailed as PDF files from the letters’ authors directly to Dr. Phil Ganderton, Senior Associate Dean AND to Dr. Janet Shiver, Chair, Communication & Journalism.   References will be contacted for all semifinalists.

Submit application materials online.  For best consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2015, and applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. For more information, contact, Dr. Janet Shiver, Chair, Communication & Journalism. Applicants who are appointed to a UNM continuing faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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