Chair, Professor- Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Commensurate w/ Experience
As determined by the dean
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The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the
College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University seeks
a highly accomplished, dynamic, and visionary leader to serve as
its Chair beginning with a preferred start date of July 1, 2023.
The successful candidate will possess an impressive record of
scholarship, as well as undergraduate teaching and graduate
mentorship in communication for appointment at the rank of full
professor with tenure.
We are seeking research active candidates with leadership skills,
vision, and integrity, whose expertise complements the department’s
current strengths in rhetoric, language and social interaction,
performance, and media studies .
Applicants should share the
department’s central commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion,
and accessibility, exemplified by its partnerships with the Lender
Center for Social Justice, Department of Women’s and Gender
Studies, the LGBTQ Studies minor, La Casita Cultural Center, and
more. The department envisions an ambitious leader and enthusiastic
advocate who is deeply invested in the discipline of communication
studies. The search committee is particularly interested in
candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of
the academic community through their teaching, research, and
About the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies: The
Department of CRS is a nationally recognized center for graduate
and undergraduate education in the discipline of communication.
Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication and
Rhetorical Studies, the faculty are committed to developing
undergraduates with facility in critical thinking, visual and
literary analysis, writing, listening, public speaking, and
advocacy across a wide range of contexts. At the graduate level, we
provide a foundation in research, writing, and analysis for future
knowledge producers. Accolades include #1 MA Program (National
Communication Association), placement of graduate students in
top-tier PhD programs, and a vast network of highly successful
alumni in entertainment, public relations, law, politics,
journalism, and public advocacy.
Job Specific Qualifications
- PhD in Communication or comparable field.
- Record of excellence in research and teaching.
- Demonstrated ability to provide administrative, fiscal, and
- The department is particularly interested in candidates who
have the communication abilities and cross-cultural competencies to
maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of students,
colleagues, and community members.
- Established relationships with critical constituencies and
entities (professional/academic organizations, alumni,
collaborators across the university).
- Ability to oversee the processes of curriculum design,
development, assessment and certification, including meeting the
expectations of the New York State Education Department ( NYSED )
and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education ( MSCHE
- Familiarity with standard technology used in teaching and
administrative procedures, as well as various forms of social
- Appropriate regional, national, and international breadth and
depth of knowledge of research and academic programs in
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including
- Evidence of a commitment to working collegially with
individuals from diverse backgrounds is required.
- A record of excellence in teaching and experience developing
curriculum for undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate students
is desirable. This individual should have experience overseeing
departmental administrative procedures and be committed to advocacy
and shared governance.
The Chair will be responsible for the department’s academic and
strategic leadership and will provide public advocacy for the
department at the university, regional, and national levels.
Working with an enrollment of approximately 340 undergraduates and
16 full- and part-time faculty, and 2 support staff.
The Chair will provide daily oversight of a department that is
housed in a Tier-One research university and offers BS and MA
degrees, and minors. The CRS Chair will: maintain regular meeting
schedules with faculty and staff and be available for faculty/staff
support and assistance; oversee the promotion and tenure process as
well as faculty and staff annual reviews; oversee and support
recruitment efforts at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
offer student support and assistance as needed; oversee curriculum
design, advising, accreditation, assessment, operations, budget,
and day-to-day management; and will may teach one course per
semester in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach the
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter
- Teaching Philosophy Statement
- Diversity & Inclusion Statement
- Name and email address of four(4) references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled: however, candidates who apply by November
12, 2022 are guaranteed priority consideration.
Applicants may contact the search committee chair, Professor. Ralph
Zito: email@example.com, with inquiries about the position.
About The College of Visual and Performing Arts
The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is
committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and
inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design,
scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for
self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on
critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our
distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites
at www.syr.edu, www.vpa.syr.edu.
About Syracuse University
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with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an
undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York
State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,
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The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a
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