Chairperson - Department of Communication

Newark, DE
Feb 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Delaware

University of Delaware: College of Arts & Sciences: Department of Communication
Location: Newark, DE


Chair (Full Professor)

The University of Delaware invites applications and nominations for the Chair of the Department of Communication. The Chair is appointed for a renewable five-year term. The effective start date is September 1, 2017.

The Department of Communication is in the College of Arts and Sciences and has 20 full-time and jointly appointed faculty, about 600 undergraduate majors and minors, and 17 students in the master's degree program, a program with rich potential that we seek to expand and develop. With a focus on Social-Behavioral Science, the Department offers two concentrations within the undergraduate major (media communication and interpersonal communication), and is centrally involved in several interdisciplinary minors, including Journalism, Advertising, Interactive Media, and Political Communication. The department faculty, a collegial group of outstanding teachers, researchers, mentors, advisers, and public servants, covers media, interpersonal communication, political communication, public relations, and broadcast journalism courses including television production. The tenure-track faculty are nationally and internationally known scholars in their respective fields, and the department encourages and supports an ambitious research and teaching agenda.

The Department seeks a Chair with a strong record of scholarship and teaching in the area of communication; demonstrated evidence of academic leadership at the department, college, or university level; and the desire to play a senior leadership role in the College of Arts and Sciences. An exemplary record of scholarship is essential; previous administrative or other relevant leadership experience and funding record are preferred. The successful candidate should have a broad vision for the department, a desire to maintain and foster the department's collegial and mutually-respectful culture, a commitment to promoting interdisciplinary links with other departments and programs at UD, an interest in expanding opportunities leading to external funding (such as gifts, grants, and fellowships), a desire to connect the department's contributions with the priorities of the college and university, and a commitment to developing curricular, student, and faculty diversity. The Chair is responsible for fiscal and other administrative operations of the department, for working with the faculty on academic policies and program development, and for overall leadership in faculty development and student success. The Chair is expected to represent the department in national and global professional associations, and to play an active role in promoting and participating in external fundraising as well as public and community engagement.

Using the Interfolio® online system at UD, applicants should submit a cover letter outlining interest in the position and relevant administrative experience; a statement of one's research, teaching and administrative philosophy; and a current CV including evidence of an academic record that qualifies for appointment of a named university professor. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions, but not application materials, should be e-mailed to the attention of John Ernest, Chair of the Search Committee (

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and this is a primary goal for our department. The University of Delaware provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

The University of Delaware does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to:

Susan L. Groff, Ed. D.,
Director, Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator
305 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-3666

For complaints related to Section 504of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, please contact:

Anne L. Jannarone, M.Ed., Ed.S.
Director, Office of Disability Support Services
Alison Hall, Suite 130
ewark, DE 19716
(302) 831-4643

OR contact the U.S. Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights.

The Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act ("DDEA") prohibits discrimination against an applicant or employee based on pregnancy, childbirth, lactation or related conditions. If you believe that you have been subject to pregnancy discrimination or retaliation, please inform a manager as soon as reasonably possible. The University of Delaware is committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and will take prompt action to investigate and remedy the situation, as necessary.

The DDEA also provides for reasonable accommodations of known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions, provided that the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the university. An employee need not be disabled to request such an accommodation. If you have a known limitation related to pregnancy that impacts your ability to satisfactorily perform the essential duties of your job, please inform your supervisor so that we can promptly begin the process of identifying a reasonable accommodation. Employees are encouraged to request a reasonable accommodation as soon as the need arises and prior to any performance issues. Employees will not be retaliated against for requesting or using a reasonable accommodation.


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