Department of Communication, Department Chair

Department of Communication, Department Chair
St. Edward's University
School of Humanities

The Department of Communication at St. Edward's University is seeking a faculty member with excellent interpersonal skills and leadership experience at the department-chair level and above to serve as Department Chair and Professor or Associate Professor. Applicants with tenure at their current institution will be considered for appointment with tenure. Preferred start date July 1, 2018.

The department offers the BA degree in Communication. Communication is the largest major in the School of Arts and Humanities and is the third largest undergraduate major. The position includes academic and administrative leadership for a department of eight full-time faculty members with a terminal degree and two one-year, full-time, non-tenure track Instructors who serve approximately 240 communication majors. Faculty specialty areas include Rhetoric, Interpersonal, Public Relations, Advertising, Organizational, Performance Studies, Visual Communication, and Media Studies. Departmental faculty are actively engaged in research, interdisciplinary collaborations across the university and service. We also actively contribute to the university's mission to enhance its status as the top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students among master's granting institutions (2015-2016).

The Department Chair is expected to provide leadership, work with the faculty to cultivate vision, and foster excellence in all departmental efforts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: promoting the academic success of students; shared administration of undergraduate programs; recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation of faculty; management of budget and departmental resources; planning, assessment and reporting; and maintenance of accreditation for instructional programs. Duties will also include teaching courses at the introductory level as well as upper-division courses in one's area of specialization. The Chair teaches a 3-3 load, with the possibility of one course release per year for research, on a 3-year renewable contract. The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with rank.

Ph.D. in Communication or Communication-related discipline with a demonstrated expertise in one's area of specialization is required. Also required are a demonstrated record of leadership experience, excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching, a history of scholarly activities, the potential for engaging undergraduates in research, and significant contributions to service. Experience in grant writing a plus. Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check is required.

About St. Edward's University
Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a dynamic Catholic, liberal arts university where teaching, learning, leadership and service come together to contribute to a better world. Recognized as one of the best small, liberal arts universities in the country, St. Edward's is consistently ranked in the top tier of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report. With 21 international campus partners in 16 countries across the globe, St. Edward's provides students with opportunities to learn business from a global perspective. Employees of St. Edward's enjoy a full array of benefits including medical and retirement plans, fitness facilities and tuition remission.
About Austin, Texas
St. Edward's is in the heart of the thriving, entrepreneurial and cosmopolitan city of Austin, Texas. St. Edward's students live, learn and grow in a city that provides a wealth of resources and opportunities. One of the world's great technology centers, Austin, sometimes referred to as "Silicon Hills," is home to technology heavyweights like Dell, National Instruments and Silicon Labs. Google, Apple, Facebook, Samsung, IBM, Oracle, NXP, Advanced Micro Devices, Cisco, Cirrus Logic, and 3M are among the many other technology companies with significant operations in Austin. Austin is home to 17 companies on the Inc. 5000 list and boasts 1.7 times the national average of startups. In addition, the Austin Technology Council predicts that 9,000 new tech jobs will be created by the end of 2017, which led to the city ranking second on the Forbes list of Best U.S. Cities for Future Job Growth.

The city also hosts the annual SXSW Interactive and conferences. St. Edward's Communication faculty regularly play leadership roles in both conferences. With more than 200 live music venues the city is "the live music capital of the world" and hosts the popular Austin City Limits live music program and the SXSW Music and Film festivals. The city regularly appears in lists of America's smartest, greenest and most livable cities. Forbes recently identified Austin as the U.S. city most likely to grow and prosper during the next decade. Known for its welcoming, accepting and casual atmosphere, Austin has been recognized by Parents & Colleges as the country's top college town.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should apply online at

Applicants will upload a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and a list of at least three professional references. In your cover letter, please discuss your record of administrative or senior leadership experience, teaching, service activities, and research and how you plan to contribute to diversity and inclusion as emphasized in the mission of St. Edward's University. The letter should also address your experiences or interest in global initiatives. Applicants who are chosen for Skype interviews will be required to submit recent letters of recommendation.

The review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

St. Edward's University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and hires only U.S. citizens and documented workers.


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