Department Head - Communication

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Vacancy TypeEHRA Non-FacultyIs Internal Transfer OnlyYesWorking TitleDepartment Head - CommunicationSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with education and experiencePosition Number00003619Work ScheduleVariesFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.00Department160701 - CommunicationDepartmentDepartment of CommunicationJob City & StateRaleigh, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

The Communication Department is a diverse group of scholars, teachers, and students covering many areas of specialization. The Department offers introductory classes that fill GEP requirements, advanced classes for Communication majors, and graduate seminars.

The Department has 657 majors in three concentrations. All programs offer a great deal of student choice in courses and electives, allowing the pursuit of either a broad educational experience or focused study. We also offer Masters Programs, and a PhD degree in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media in cooperation with the Department of English.

The Department has 21 tenure-track faculty, 10 non-tenure track faculty, and 5 staff.

Essential Job Duties

Internal posting for permanent NCSU employees. Only tenured faculty in the NC State Communication Department are eligible for this position.

The Communication Department seeks a Department Head who is an innovative, effective leader with a vision for the department.

The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and is responsible for the administration of the department. The responsibilities of the Head include: recruiting, appointing, and supervising faculty and staff; managing departmental budgets and enrollment; providing leadership to facilitate, support, and promote research, service, outreach, and graduate and undergraduate education in the department: taking the lead in aligning the departmental mission and vision with the NC State strategic plan; and promoting the department through leadership in college, university, and external initiatives.

This is a supervisory position. Supervisory positions conduct interviews, make final hiring decisions, provide salary recommendations, monitor and assign work, counsel and discipline employees under direct supervision, develop work plans and conduct performance appraisals for permanent employees.

Other Work/ResponsibilitiesMinimum Education/Experience

Candidates must possess a doctorate in Communication or an equivalent degree and must have an active record of research, teaching, publication and other professional activities.

Only tenured faculty in the NC State Communication Department are eligible for this position.

Departmental Required Skills

Candidates should possess strong managerial skills, a collegial leadership style, and the ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other stakeholders.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

The following are preferred: the rank of Professor, experience in university administration, and experience working with both internal units and external organizations.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Internal posting for permanent NCSU employees. Only tenured faculty in the NC State Communication Department are eligible for this position.

Applications should include a current Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter that includes statements on the candidate’s qualifications for the position and vision for the Communication Department, and names and contact details of three references.

The selected candidate will be given the opportunity to work with the outgoing Department Head during Spring 2019.

Review of applications will begin January 2019.

Job Open Date01/16/2019Anticipated Closing DateIs this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire Date07/01/2019AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Only tenured faculty in the NC State Communication Department are eligible for this position. Are you a tenured faculty member in the NC State Communication Department?
    • Yes
    • No
Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
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    Posted: 10/17/2019
    Application Due: 12/10/2019
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