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Department Chair - Communication and Creative Arts

Purdue University Northwest
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 9, 2022

Job Summary

The Department of Communication and Creative Arts at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites applications for an exceptional academic leader to serve as Department Chairperson, a tenure-track position with faculty rank of Full Professor, to begin Fall 2023. The chairperson serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of the department having authority and responsibility for the delivery of academic programs in accordance with departmental, college, and university strategic plans; the evaluation of department personnel, to include faculty and staff; and budgeting and resource management.


CHESS invites applicants with a doctorate in Communication Arts, Digital Media and Communications, Communication Studies, Strategic Communication, or related field to apply for the Chairperson of the Department of Communication and Creative Arts (CCA). The CCA Chairperson serves as the administrative and academic leader of the department; has authority and responsibility for the delivery of academic programs in accordance with departmental, college, and university strategic plans; the evaluation of department personnel, to include faculty and staff; and budgeting and resource management.

Position Responsibilities
  • Work with faculty, students, and staff to establish and maintain a long term vision for the department that is consistent with departmental, college, and university missions; coordinate departmental participation in college and university activities; ensure compliance with college, university, system and state rules and regulations.
  • Coordinate the development of classes from conceptualization to approval; completed scheduled comprehensive program reviews in accordance with PNW guidelines; complete program assessment and assessment of courses within general education core; coordinate the submission of reports; and initiate new academic programs and projects when appropriate.
  • Manage daily operations of the department; develop and submit class schedules; monitor course registrations and make appropriate adjustments; communicate university and college activities and concerns to the departmental membership; communicate policies of state agencies regarding academic policy matters, legislations, regulations and requirements to department, ensure that departmental documents and websites are regularly updated; and schedule and lead departmental meetings.
  • Manage resources for the advancement of departmental and program vision and mission; regularly monitor the budget for the department; and review and approve departmental expenditures in compliance with college and university fiscal practices.
  • Guide and mentor all faculty, instructors, and staff under supervision; evaluate full and part time faculty, to include the Annual Performance Reviews; evaluate all promotion and tenure applications; review and recommend, as appropriate, faculty development awards and grants to the Dean; and coordinate course load scheduling.
  • Coordinate recruiting students in department programs; evaluate student transfer credit; review student appeals; and meet with students, as appropriate, regarding concerns about classes, faculty, and policies.
  • As a faculty member, the CCA Chairperson will be expected to teach two classes per year; to participate in research and scholarly activities in the discipline, and participate and assist department faculty in university and community service activities as appropriate.

Required Experience
  • Earned Doctorate in Communication Arts, Digital Media and Communications, Communication Studies, Strategic Communication, or related field from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated leadership experience within a college or university setting
  • Demonstrated experience as a collaborator, problem-solver, consensus-builder, communicator, and innovator within a university setting.
  • Experience with undergraduate and graduate curriculum and program development.
  • Experience with assessment, assurance of learning, and continuous improvement efforts.
  • Rank of Professor. Senior Associate Professors will be considered.
Preferred Experience
  • Experience in higher education budgeting
  • Professional experience in a related area
  • Experience supporting successful donor and alumni relations
  • Ability to foster interdisciplinary partnerships internal and external to the College
University Profile

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Park, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

PNW serves approximately 8,800 students with more than 70 areas of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and applied doctoral levels. Academic programs are offered within six colleges that have operations on two campuses located in Hammond and Westville:
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Sciences
  • College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Technology
  • Honors College
The university is consistently ranked among the best regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges report. Our nursing, engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity programs are among those earning national recognitions. PNW also is recognized for social mobility among Midwest regional universities. As a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC), the PNW Pride compete in NCAA Division II athletics, with more than 300 student-athletes excelling both in the classroom and in competition. Purdue Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The university employs approximately 1,100 faculty and staff.

Department of Communication and Creative Arts

Housed in the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences (CHESS), the Department of Communication and Creative Arts is a multidisciplinary department serving nearly 300 undergraduate majors and over 25 graduate students. The department hosts recording studios, broadcast studio, laboratory student newspaper, and an awarding-winning student-produced show The Roundtable Perspective, a weekly interview program that airs on the local PBS affiliate. The department also hosts a vibrant alumni community that is highly supportive of the students and faculty. For more information on the department, please see

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately with the best consideration to applications received by December 15, 2022 and will continue until position is filled. To apply, applicants should submit the following: 1) cover letter specifically addressing required experience; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 4) three professional references.

For inquiries, please contact the Dean of the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences; Purdue University Northwest; 2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323; phone: 219.989.2401; e-mail:

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University Northwest is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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