The Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences seeks
a Director of the School of Communication. This full-time, 12-month
appointment is to begin July 1, 2022.
The Director should be an established senior scholar with
successful records of teaching, research, service, administrative
and financial leadership, and demonstrated potential for
collaborative leadership and shared faculty governance. Candidates
should be able to implement the School’s strategic plan and promote
new strategic research, teaching, and community-based initiatives.
The successful candidate must have a commitment to diversity,
equity, and inclusion and will champion the University’s mission of
The School of Communication is home to undergraduate major programs
in communication, mass communication, public relations,
advertising, and sports media and analytics as well as Master of
Arts majors in communication and reputation management. The School
has more than 40 full-time and adjunct faculty members, 900
undergraduate majors, and more than 20 graduate students. It also
serves thousands of other students through its public speaking
courses, minors, the Comm Lab, and related programs. Facilities
include a state-of-the-art digital broadcast studio.
The Director works with faculty, staff, and Office of the Dean of
the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences to realize the
School’s vision and mission and continue to build a School of
national and international distinction. The Director supports
ongoing development of the School through external fundraising,
alumni support, and marketing.
Duties or Responsibilities:
• Facilitate the growth of faculty research and creative work and
assist faculty members in securing external funding from public
agencies and private foundations.
• Promote student recruitment and retention in conjunction with
College and University admissions.
• Foster and sustain an academic environment that prioritizes
diversity, equity, inclusion, and collaboration among School
faculty members, staff members, and students.
• Take primary responsibility for the quality of teaching,
scholarship, and service within the School. Among other things, the
Director will complete formal annual performance evaluations for
all full-time School of Communication faculty and staff members in
guiding faculty members through steps of tenure and rank promotion
and execute corresponding personnel policies.
• Maintain a realistic program of research or creative activity
representing a division area that is disseminated through
publications, conference presentations, or similar
• Be qualified to teach in a field of study within one of the
School’s three curricular divisions: communication studies,
journalism and mass communication, and public relations and
• Develop partnerships with professional communication and media
organizations to promote internships, experiential learning, and
student networking opportunities.
• Maintain and further develop a network of alumni initiatives to
bolster the School’s visibility, image, and high academic
• Manage School branding to augment internal, College, and
University efforts to enhance image and visibility.
• Support transdisciplinary research and teaching within the
College and across the University.
• Supervise the allocation, administration, and monitoring of
• Monitor renovation and construction of facilities and acquisition
of equipment to support teaching, learning, research and creative
• Recruit new faculty members who can meet the School’s
instructional and research missions.
• Supervise the School seven-person administrative staff.
• Direct elections of faculty members to academic committees and
leadership positions within the School and make appointments as
• Doctoral or other terminal degree in communication.
• Established record of teaching and research publication in a
discipline related to the School’s curriculum.
• Significant academic administrative experience.
• Outstanding reputation and academic achievements commensurate
with appointment as a full professor with tenure.
• Experience with curriculum accreditation and the Accrediting
Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
• Experience as the leader of an academic department or
• A track record in fundraising.
• Demonstrated experience in grant writing, implementation, and
• Significant experience as a communications professional.
• A track record of working with students.
Commensurate with experience
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal
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conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
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July 28, 2021