Howard University job ad

Tenure-track Associate/Full Professor
Department of Communication, Culture & Media Studies, Howard University

The Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies, with a doctoral-level program, seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Associate or Full Professor level in U.S. multicultural media and communication studies. We are seeking a historical and critical scholar who can teach a range of doctoral-level courses in and serve on dissertation committees.  Applicants should have substantive knowledge in at least two of the following:  media industries, popular culture, communication policy, audience research, political economy of communication, media globalization, communication technologies, or media and social movements, as these relate to the African American experience.  Incorporation of multicultural concerns, e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexuality and/or nationality, in the applicant’s research agenda is essential.  Responsibilities would include teaching 4-6 courses per year, mentoring students in their research, serving on dissertation committees, participating in other administrative committees, carrying on a full program of research, and exercising leadership within the broader profession.

Applicants should possess an earned doctorate in a communications field or a related discipline.  The ideal candidate will have at least six years of full-time teaching experience and a publications track record, as well as demonstrated promise for research and publication.  Applicants should also possess an understanding of the broader field of communications as well as specific knowledge in mass communications, as listed above.

The Department, School and University
The Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies (CCMS) offers doctoral-level studies leading to the Ph.D.  The person hired will help to build the CCMS program through course re/development, by carrying on an active program of scholarship and publication, and through mentorship of students. The department has a diverse community of approximately 50 doctoral students from the United States and other nations, and a core faculty of five, with additional affiliate faculty from other departments in the recently restructured School of Communications.  The School of Communications is an interdisciplinary unit composed of two undergraduate departments (Strategic, Legal and Management Communications; and Media, Journalism and Film) and two graduate departments (Communication, Culture and Media Studies; and Communication Sciences and Disorders). Howard University is a private research university comprising 13 schools and colleges.  A historically Black institution in Washington, D.C, Howard was created by the Congress of the United States in 1867to educate and otherwise advance African Americans and those from other underserved populations.  Howard produces the largest number of African American recipients of doctoral degrees on campus than any other institution in the United States.  In keeping with Howard’s mission, the CCMS Department is committed to preparing academicians and research professionals to assume positions of leadership both nationally and internationally.  Applicants must demonstrate an understanding for and support of Howard University’s mission.

Application process
Send (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vitae, and (3) three current letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Carolyn M. Byerly, chairperson
Department of Communication, Culture & Media Studies
School of Communications, Howard University
525 Bryant St. NW, Washington, DC 20059

Review of applications will begin on January 30, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  The new hire will begin August 2015.  Howard University is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer.  The university offers benefits to married couples, both same sex and different sex.

Howard U job ad-Dean

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:  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.

Barbara Hines Profile

ProfilesBarbara B. Hines (Ph.D. University of Maryland, M.A. American University, B.S. The University of Texas at Austin) is professor of journalism and director of the Graduate Program in Mass Communication and Media Studies, Howard University, Washington, DC.

Her research includes the history and development of scholastic and collegiate journalism, accreditation in higher education, public relations and journalism, with numerous publications in these and related areas.  She has served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and through foundation and U.S. State Department-funded programs has helped to train journalists from Europe, Asia and Africa.

Work for CID:
Barbara Hines served on the CID Advisory Board.