The College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Mass Communication starting August 1, 2014. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Mass Communication or a related discipline and an established record of teaching, research and professional accomplishments consistent with the rank of associate or full professor with tenure. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of strong leadership experience, curriculum development, securing external funding and grantsmanship, student and faculty administration, and budget management. The chair will also be responsible for the department’s academic advising, program assessment, and the development and implementation of a strategic plan that will lead the department to being accredited by the Accrediting Council of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a high level of national recognition. Candidates must be academic leaders with a record of high quality in educational activities and service to the profession. The successful candidate must exhibit the ability to create an environment that integrates learning, discovery and engagement. Candidates must be able to show a strong commitment to an open and collegial style of communication and management. The chair will be expected to teach two courses and contribute to the College’s leadership team. As the academic leader and chief administrative officer, the chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The newly created Department of Mass Communication has nine full-time faculty and offers a B.A. degree. The department enrolls nearly 300 students and currently offers three concentrations: Journalism, Communication Studies and Broadcast Media. The department is responsible for the General Education Curriculum’s speech requirement.
NCCU, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System, is the first state supported liberal arts college for African Americans. The campus of approximately 8,000 students is located in Durham, NC in the heart of the Research Triangle Park, home to several universities and colleges.
The successful candidate will have the Ph.D. in Mass Communication or related fields, record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with the rank of associate or full professor, and effective communication, interpersonal, leadership, and administrative skills.