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Director, Nicholson School of Communication at University of Central Florida

The College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Nicholson School of Communication. The school offers baccalaureate degrees in Advertising-Public Relations, Communication & Conflict, Human Communication, Journalism, and Radio-Television, as well as an M.A. in Communication. The school also offers a number of minors and certificates (e.g., Health Communication). The school has 48 full-time faculty members, 2,400 declared and pending undergraduate majors and minors, and 75 graduate students. Future directions include a planned Ph.D. in Strategic Communication, a developing Hispanic media program, and enhanced internationalization. The Nicholson School is striving to be a preeminent communication program and is searching for a director with the vision and commitment to lead us there.

Located in Orlando, the University of Central Florida (UCF) is the nation’s second largest university with more than 60,000 students in 177 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 30 doctoral programs. Students come from all 50 states and from 148 countries. A priority on diversity and inclusiveness led UCF to co-found the University Innovation Alliance, a consortium of large public research universities committed to better serving first-generation, low-income students. The Carnegie Foundation has designated UCF as both a “Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships University” and as a “very high research activity” institution.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate to the school and have a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching excellence, and professional service meriting appointment at the rank of tenured professor. Applicants must also demonstrate a record of administrative leadership in a university setting and a commitment to diversity. Preferred qualifications include: experience in leading initiatives; external research funding; successful mentoring of faculty; a record of productive partnership with internal and external constituents; proven fundraising skills; and, the ability to advance the school’s broad educational and research mission.

Please apply online, and attach the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), and the names and contact information of at least three (3) references. Only electronic submissions through this website will be accepted. Please direct nominations and questions to Dr. Arlen Chase, Search Chair. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or national origin.  As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.