The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for Professor
and Chair of the Department of Communication. Reporting to
the senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities, serving as
the department’s academic leader and lead administrative officer,
the chair will be called upon to: create an environment that
facilitates an effective shared vision; proactively lead department
academic, research and service activities; promote an inclusive and
culturally competent environment with a strong commitment to
recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and students;
promote, recognize and reward faculty research, excellence in
teaching and mentoring, and excellence in service; provide programs
and opportunities for students to develop research and leadership
skills; effectively link programs within the department to the
broader college and university missions; foster a culture of
high-impact interdisciplinary research and collaboration within the
college; build partnerships and alliances across the university;
provide leadership in developing external partnerships and
fundraising in support of the department’s mission and goals;
continue a nationally and internationally recognized research
program; demonstrate strong abilities in teaching at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels; and facilitate student
recruitment, budget administration, and personnel management.
The Department of Communication is one of 44 departments and
curricula in the College of Arts & Sciences. As the largest
unit on campus, the College of Arts and Sciences forms the academic
core of the Carolina experience. Through teaching, research, and
service, the Department of Communication addresses how
communication functions to create, sustain, and transform personal
life, social relations, political institutions, economic
organizations, and cultural and aesthetic conventions in society.
Recognized for significant contributions to the profession,
University, state, and nation; the Department houses a Ph.D.
program, a major in Communication, an interdisciplinary major in
Cultural Studies, and a minor in Writing for the Screen and Stage.
It serves as the intellectual home for 25 faculty members, 45
graduate students, and over 600 undergraduates. The Department’s
doctoral program offers a theoretically rich, interdisciplinary,
problem-based approach to education and research that enables
graduate students to define their own research in response to the
changing demands of a constantly evolving communicative and
cultural world. The Department’s undergraduate major features four
structured concentrations: interpersonal and organizational
communication; media and technology studies and production;
performance studies; and rhetoric. Each concentration offers the
Department’s majors, as well as the hundreds of pan-University
non-majors, a set of critical capacities that contribute to an
engaged, creative, and critical 21st-century citizen.
The successful candidate (they) must be eligible for appointment
at the rank of full professor with tenure, including a Ph.D. or
recognized equivalent They must have a national reputation in
Communication or an adjacent field with an outstanding record of
research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate must be
able to articulate an innovative vision of communication for the
21st century that reflects that department’s commitment to
engagement, creativity, and critique. They will be a relationship
builder and advocate with a proven capacity to persuade a wide
range of audiences and guide the implementation of their vision.
They will be a collaborative and creative leader who is collegial
and supportive with a commitment to the promotion of diversity.
They will have demonstrated administrative management experience,
including an ability to balance the priorities of multiple
stakeholders. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated
commitment to developing the excellence of communication faculty,
as well as recruiting and supporting promising students,
maintaining strong relationships with our alumni, and working with
University Development to secure philanthropic support.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal
opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender
identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021, and will
continue until the position is filled.
To apply: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/214767
For more information, contact Professor Jocelyn Neal, firstname.lastname@example.org, Chair, Search