Director for School of Communication

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Director for School of Communication

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Director for School of Communication.

Position Details LocationHattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States DivisionSchool of Communication Position TypeAdministrative Faculty Employment StatusFull Time Grant FundedNo Posting Close DateOpen Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review ofapplications will begin November 30, 2019 and will continue until the positionis filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Janet Donaldson to inquire about theposition ([email protected]). A completed application will include:1) cover letter, 2) CV, 3) 2-3 page leadership statement describing yourapproach to leadership and how you are prepared for this position, 4) contactinformation for 3 references, and 5) academic transcripts (unofficialtranscripts are acceptable until final hiring process). Application materialsmust be uploaded through the Human Resources site at: As an Affirmative Action/ EqualOpportunity employer/ Americans with Disabilities Act institution, theUniversity of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans, andpersons with disabilities to apply.

Job Summary
The recently formed School of Communication atThe University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for the founding SchoolDirector position. The Director will provide energetic and visionaryleadership, as well as principled administrative guidance and advocacy for themission of the School in teaching, research, and public service/outreach. TheDirector serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School,reporting to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The position isfull-time, 12-month, tenure track, and begins July 1, 2020. Salarycompetitive and commensurate with experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Holds responsibility for leadership of theSchool and representing the School to the College and University administration.In addition, the School Director:

  1. Oversees and guides strategic planning and analysis of School operations, budget, technology, facilities, and fundraising;
  2. Guides student recruitment and retention practices, especially for first generation and minority students;
  3. Engages in program and curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate academic programs;
  4. Engages in regular attention to faculty recruitment, review, and retention practices, and also promotes diversity, inclusion, and faculty governance;
  5. Ensures continuing compliance with the principles and standards of accrediting bodies;
    builds relationships with alumni and stakeholders;
  6. Promotes scholarship productivity and fosters an environment conducive to impactful, externally funded scholarly activities among faculty and students;
  7. Remains engaged as a member of the university and active in scholarship activities; and
  8. Other duties as assigned by Dean of Arts and Sciences.

About theSchool of Communication
The School ofCommunication is a vibrant intellectual community of 27 full-time facultymembers on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses and over 500 undergraduateand graduate students. Academic programs include undergraduate majors in CommunicationStudies, Journalism, Media and Entertainment Arts, and Public Relations andAdvertising, and Public Relations and Communication degrees at the Master’s andDoctorate levels, respectively. The School also has a significant presence oncampus, housing the campus newspaper, radio station, a record label, a videoproduction crew, the USM Speaking Center, a nationally competitive speech anddebate team, a student audio group, and a variety of student organizations. TheSchool is also fully accredited by the ACEJMC.

Minimum Qualifications An earned terminal degree in Communication or aclosely related field; administrative experience that indicates an ability tomanage a diverse school with multiple programs; evidence of a distinguished andsustained scholarly record that would qualify the applicant for tenure and the rankof at least associate professor; and evidence of teaching excellence.

Preferred Qualifications Preferred rank of full professor; experiencewith Mass Communication/Journalism, Communication Studies, and/or Media and EntertainmentArts programs; experience with assessment and/or accreditation processes; experiencewith a doctoral-granting program; professional/ industry experience; understandand value both traditional academic scholarship and creative scholarship; andexperience with innovative pedagogical practices.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.




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Posted: 10/27/2019
Application Due: 10/22/2020
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