Requisition Number: 0808719
Position Summary: The dean is the chief academic officer of the College, provides leadership for all the professional units, academic and research programs, and is responsible for the growth and success of the College.
Minimum Preferred Qualifications: The University of Alabama invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. The new dean is expected to articulate a vision that addresses communication, information and technology, and that will inspire his/her colleagues to excellence in scholarship, creative activities and teaching. The new dean will bring outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated success working effectively with senior leadership and a broad range of internal and external constituents. Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have an earned doctorate or other terminal degree in an academic discipline appropriate to the college or a related field and a national reputation based on scholarly, creative and/or professional accomplishments. Professional experience in an industry associated with one or more of the College's units is desirable. Experience in institutional development, major gifts, fundraising and sponsored research is desirable. The preferred candidate is expected to have significant experience in administration and management; a strong commitment to collaborative decision making and faculty governance; a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body; a respect for the multiple missions of the College's degree programs and service departments; an ability and desire to develop relationships with external constituencies; an appreciation and knowledge of public and commercial broadcasting as well as digital media; and a strong commitment to the successful placement of graduates. The dean is the chief academic officer of the College, provides leadership for all the professional units, academic and research programs, and is responsible for the growth and success of the College. The Dean reports to the Provost. College of Communication and Information Sciences: The College is among the most distinguished academic units in Alabama's flagship university. Its academic programs are highly ranked. For example, the College's doctoral program ranked second in graduation efficiency among the nation's mass communication programs, the forensics program has won 19 national team championships, and PRWeek has recognized the Public Relations program as one of the nation's top five programs in each of the last five years. The College has a faculty of eminent teachers and scholars with national and international reputations. The College comprises diverse academic and professional units. Academic units include the departments of Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Journalism, Telecommunication and Film, and the School of Library and Information Studies. The Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass Communication accredits the mass communication programs, and the American Library Association accredits the School of Library Studies. The College's broadcast assets are extensive and include the new 50,000 square foot Digital Media Center, housed in Bryant Denny Stadium and home to the award-winning Center for Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, and WVUA-TV, a full powered commercial television station serving a top-50 television market. Unique graduate offerings include master's programs in each of the five units, an MFA program in Book Arts, and a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences. The College provides superior research opportunities, including affiliation with the Institute for Communication and Information Research, which conducts research for government, private sector, and media clients. Grants, contracts, and gifts support both students and programs in the College. The College maintains close ties with and provides leadership for professional and scholarly organizations. Alumni, who include Fortune 500 CEOs, Pulitzer Prize winners, and leaders in the communication and information professions, are loyal and generous supporters of the College. The University of Alabama: The University of Alabama, the state's oldest public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama, is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the US News rankings with an overall enrollment of more than 34,000 students. The University ranks first among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars for 2012-2013. Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of approximately 118,000, has a vibrant economy, moderate climate, and a reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community. Tuscaloosa has appeared in Money Magazine's annual list of the country's best places to live. Application: Applicants should apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. A complete curriculum vita, cover letter, and a statement of leadership philosophy should be attached. Screening of applications will begin on February 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Dr. Caryl Cooper, chair of the Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Alabama values diversity and encourages all interested candidates to apply. The entities of the University of Alabama System are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.
UA EEO Statement: The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.