Dean, Butler U

Dean, College of Communication

Butler University invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of the College of Communication. The dean is the principal academic and administrative leader of the college and reports to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Created in 2010, the College of Communication brought together longstanding departments and courses that include: communication sciences and disorders; creative media and entertainment; the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism; media, rhetoric and culture; organizational communication and leadership; and strategic communication.

The College of Communication’s founding dean will be responsible for the overall academic, administrative and fiscal leadership of the college. 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 college’s contribution to research and creative activity; securing external support for academic programs and initiatives; fostering the continued professional development of faculty and staff; and recruiting and instruction of students who will serve as future leaders in the communication professions and in the academy. The dean will also be responsible for encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations within the college and between the college and other academic units, and will work with the deans of other colleges to help maintain cohesiveness of the university’s overall educational mission.

Expected credentials are:
-A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship/creative achievements and service commensurate with appointment as a full professor at Butler University.
-Significant academic administrative experience, including responsibility for budgeting, program/curriculum development, faculty/staff leadership and program-specific facilities management.
-A participatory leadership philosophy.
-A record of support for diversity and internationalization consistent with Butler University’s mission.
-A spirit of innovation and development.
-An understanding and appreciation of the breadth and depth of the communication discipline.

About the university: Butler University, founded in 1855 by attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler, is home to about 4,000 undergraduate and 700 graduate students in six colleges and more than 60 academic majors.  Located in Indianapolis, a thriving metropolitan area of approximately 1.5 million people in the 27th largest media market, Butler occupies 290 acres in a vibrant and diverse neighborhood near the White River on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The University emphasizes a liberal arts-based education with the goal of teaching clear and effective communication, appreciation of beauty, and a commitment to lifelong learning, community service and global awareness.  For further information visit the Butler website .

Formal review of candidates will begin Sept. 1 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be invited to contribute letters and commentary. Please submit applications to: Jay Howard, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and chair of the CCOM Dean Search Committee, Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208. Butler is an equal opportunity employer and committed to developing a diverse pool of applicants.