Chair, Professor- Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 4, 2022
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Chair, Professor- Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate w/ Experience

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As determined by the dean

Job Type

Full Professor

Syracuse, NY

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Not Applicable

Job Description

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 service.

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.

  • PhD in Communication or comparable field.
  • Record of excellence in research and teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide administrative, fiscal, and fundraising leadership.
  • 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 media.
  • Appropriate regional, national, and international breadth and depth of knowledge of research and academic programs in Communication.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • 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.
Job Specific Qualifications

See above


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 17 graduates,
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.


Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach the following:
  • 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:, 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,

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