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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.

Ann Neville Miller


Ann Neville Miller is an Associate Professor in the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. Much of her work addresses critical issues concerning communication about HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently she has focused on the communication of religious leaders and churches toward HIV prevention in Africa, and the role of sexual content in African entertainment media in youth sexual attitudes and behavior. She also has a long-running research interest in barriers to research productivity of African communication scholars.

Dr. Miller’s study of African communication patterns arises out of over a dozen years of living, studying, teaching, and researching as an American in Kenya. She continues to work closely with former colleagues there on a range of projects. Her work has appeared in both communication and health-related journals including Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, AIDS and Behavior, Qualitative Health Research, Patient Education and Counseling, African Journal of AIDS Research, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Communication Education. She recently published a volume co-edited with Donald Rubin, Health Communication and Faith Communities, a multidisciplinary collection that was the first of its kind to address the intersection of health, communication, and communities of faith.

The quality of Dr. Miller’s work and teaching has been recognized through her receipt of various awards including the 2007 Gerald R. Miller dissertation award, as well as several top paper awards, and an excellence in undergraduate teaching award from the University of Central Florida.

Recent publications include:
*Miller, A. N., Ngula, K.,  & Musambira, G. (2012). Predictors of sexual behavior among church-going youths in Kenya: a cross-denominational study. African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR) 11(1), 271–280.
*Miller, A. N., Kinya, J., Kizito, M., Ngula, K., Njoroge, L., & Davis, K. L. (2011). Kenyan religious leaders’ perspectives on HIV and sexuality. African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR), 10 (3), 271-280.
*Miller, A. N., & Teel, S. (2011). A content analysis of research on religion and spirituality in general communication and health communication journals. Health Communication, 26, 615-620.
*Muraya, J. G., Miller, A. N., & Mjomba, L. (2011). An analysis of target audience member interpretation of messages in the Nimechill abstinence campaign in Nairobi, Kenya in the light of high- and low-context communication. Health Communication, 26, 516-524.
*Santilli, V., & Miller, A. N. (2011). The effects of gender and power distance on the use of nonverbal immediacy behaviors in symmetrical and asymmetrical power conditions: A cross-cultural study of classrooms and friendships. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 4, 3-22.
*Miller, A. N., Booker, N. A., Mwithia, J. K., Kizito, M. N., & Ngula, K. (2011). Kenyan patients’ attitudes regarding doctor ethnicity and patient-provider communication. African Communication Research, 2, 267-280.
*Miller, A. N., Kizito, M. N., & Ngula, K.  (2010). Research and publication by communication faculty in east Africa: A challenge to the global community of communication scholars. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 3, 286-303.
*Muthoni-Thuo, A., & Miller, A. N. (2010). An exploration of rural and urban Kenyan women’s knowledge and attitudes regarding breast cancer and breast cancer early detection measures. Health Care for Women International, 31, 801-816.
*Ngula, K., & Miller, A. N. (2010). Self-disclosure of HIV seropositivity in Kenya by HIV-positive Kamba men and their families. Southern Communication Journal, 75, 328-348.
*Miller, A. N., Mwithia, J. K., Booker, N. A., Kizito, M. N., & Ngula, K. (2010). Kenyan patients’ attitudes regarding doctor ethnicity and doctor-patient ethnic discordance. Patient Education and Counseling, 82, 201-206.

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