Associate/Full Professor and Director, VECTOR - College of Arts & Sciences

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Aug 17, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

This position will support a college-wide strategic initiative in Communication via VECTOR, a COAS Center that provides a fertile environment for faculty collaborations and excellence in scholarship.

In efforts to prepare future industry leaders, COAS strives to meet student needs both in and out of the classroom by actively seeking to improve student communication skills and providing students with a space to practice those skills. In addition, communication studies—including, but not limited to, writing, literacy, media, global communications, and cultural studies—is an important and growing area for interdisciplinary research.

As such the mission of VECTOR is to support ERAU-W students and faculty in teaching, learning, and research related to written, spoken, visual, and digital communication. VECTOR consists of three major pillars that support execution of its stated mission. The first is the student support pillar that hosts VECTOR's Virtual Communication Lab (VCL). The VCL provides communication support for students through tutoring, workshops, and online resources. The second pillar supports faculty in teaching all forms of communication in their face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms. The third pillar of VECTOR focuses on communication research by leading, supporting, and serving as a nexus for such research to thrive.

COAS is searching for a visionary, dynamic, and nationally recognized academic leader to serve as Director of VECTOR. Professional credentials and accomplishments of candidates should support an appointment as a tenured faculty member at the rank of either Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Humanities and Communication. Please ensure that application materials clearly support these requirements.

Additional requirements for the position include a terminal degree from a regionally accredited university in Communication or a related field, a record of excellence in college/university teaching, and an extensive research record that includes externally-funded projects and peer-reviewed publications. The ideal candidate will have prior center, department, and/or college-level leadership experience. The new Director of VECTOR will demonstrate a willingness and

ability to work with interdisciplinary teams in support of COAS strategic goals and possess the ability and experience to successfully lead diverse teams.

VECTOR operates as both a research hub and a faculty and student support center. The Director will lead and develop major research initiatives, coordinate internal and external partners, and secure external support for communication research. In addition to VECTOR Director leadership, the successful candidate also will provide leadership in the area of Communication Studies for faculty across the departments and colleges of ERAU. The Director will oversee the expansive Center offerings for students and faculty at every level including a virtual communication and writing center, a series of workshops for faculty and students, repositories of resources for improving student communication skills, and robust sources of support for international students. The position will have a reduced teaching load to accommodate responsibilities of leadership, program development, and managing activities of an interdisciplinary team. This position will bring with it a strong package of resources necessary to pursue these strategic priorities of the College. The COAS Strategic Directions can be viewed at .

Qualifications :

Consideration of applications will begin October 19, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled; the expected start date is August 1, 2021. Applications should include a current CV and a detailed letter discussing faculty experience, academic qualifications, and background that demonstrate a fit with COAS and the position. Application materials should be submitted electronically at .

Candidates also should provide contact information for three professional references. Questions about the position should be submitted via email to Dr. Jeremy Ernst, Search Committee Chair, at .

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