With the strong belief that fostering a diverse and inclusive culture helps students thrive and
excel, Boston University’s College of Communication invites applicants for the role of Chair of
the Department of Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations. The Chair will
coordinate departmental academic activities in research, teaching, and service that promote
programmatic excellence in three main areas: Media Science, Advertising, and Public Relations.
We seek a colleague with a professional track record, and who is committed to the highest
educational standards and a focus on the innovations necessary in an era of dramatic change
across the entire media landscape.
The Chair works with other members of the College of Communication’s leadership team to
build on the already excellent reputation of the unit and move the department to the forefront
of education in media science, advertising, and public relations.
The chair will be appointed at the rank of Professor (tenured), and will provide leadership for
the department as well as teach one undergraduate or graduate course per semester. The
college and the university are committed to fostering a diverse university community within a
supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students,
and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university and is an integral
component of institutional excellence, and are especially eager to hire a colleague who
supports our institutional commitment to inclusion. We expect applicants to embrace principles
of diversity and equity in their teaching, mentoring, and professional product.
A successful candidate should have the following:
• A track record of articulating a vision and strategic direction in leading a unit,
department, school, or college in its teaching, research, and service missions. At least
several years of experience with progressively responsible leadership is a plus.
• A strong agenda of scholarly activity and research, including securing funding, and
mentoring junior faculty and students with their own research programs.
• Demonstrated ability to manage and direct the department’s fiscal plan, budgets, and
• Excellent interpersonal and strong written and oral communication skills that display
openness to diverse perspectives, integrity, and a spirit of inclusive collaboration.
Demonstrated accomplishments in promoting diversity and inclusion in an organization.
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and
• A Ph.D. in Communication or a related field, and qualifications appropriate for an
appointment as a tenured professor at Boston University. See link here.
Applications should include a letter of interest including a statement of your leadership
philosophy and vision for where mass communication, advertising, and public relations are
headed in the next 10 years and how our program can best prepare future communicators.
A CV and the names of three references are required. Applications may be sent by email with
attachments in a Word or PDF file format, to:
Maureen A. Mahoney
Administration & Finance
College of Communication
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Application review will begin on October 15, 2022 and continue until position is filled.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected
by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.