Dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dec 15, 2020
Executive Administration Jobs
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Louisiana State University invites applications for the position of the Dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication. The Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the college. The Dean provides ultimate administrative oversight for all aspects of academic life within the college, including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel development, academic programs, research enterprises and student enrollment. The Dean will formulate and administer policies for the College, either on their own initiative or as directed by appropriate authority, with due consideration for the prerogatives of the faculty with regard to educational policy.The Dean also has primary responsibilities for external initiatives that include community outreach and development.

General Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership for all academic matters of the School including academic degree programs and certificates as well as recruiting, retaining, and graduating undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Oversees the personnel of the School including hiring of and caring for faculty and staff, preparing annual evaluations, and supporting professional development opportunities.
  • Deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in its broadest terms across all sectors of the School, including, but not limited to curriculum, programming, and representations of staff and faculty, to name a few, and effectively represents the school’s best interest internally and externally.
  • Serves as the lead on alumni relations and fundraising.
  • Works collaboratively and collegially with faculty to advance the school’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and service to the profession.
  • Represents the Manship School on the Dean’s Council.
  • Oversees the innovative Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, the Media and Diversity Forum, three state-of-the-art research labs, and student media.
  • Provides strategic direction and oversight for an annual operating budget of approximately $4.9M in state funding and $34M endowment.

Attributes of the Successful Candidate

  • Able to articulate a vision for producing and understanding mass communication in the 21st century.
  • Shows an understanding of and commitment to continually developing relevant and innovative education for today’s rapidly changing media world.
  • Demonstrates the ability to listen, consider diverse opinions, and lead in a collegial manner.
  • Understands both scholarly and professional aspects of the discipline.
  • Supports the development of online programs and certificates in line with faculty vision.
  • Exhibits business acumen in all aspects of the school’s endeavors. Including personnel decisions, strategic planning and developing new sources of external and internal funding.
  • Forms and maintains partnerships with the private sector, professional organizations and campus entities.
  • Demonstrates the ability to advance the school’s best interests internally and externally.
  • Denotes an understanding of the life cycle of faculty including rank, promotion, tenure, and academic leave.

Overview of the Manship School

The Manship School offers undergraduate education in Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Advertising, and Political Communication as well as the only graduate program in the U.S. in media and public affairs. The School oversees the innovative Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, the Media and Diversity Forum, three state of-the-art research labs, and student media. With a combined endowment of $34 million, the School currently has a total of 33 full-time faculty and 15 full-time staff positions, along with over 1,000 undergraduate majors and 65 Masters and Ph.D. students. The School is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). To learn more about the Manship School, please visit

Manship School’s Commitment to Diversity

We are dedicated to creating an educational environment in which diversity is valued and encouraged and is working to be on the forefront of educating both students and professionals on the topic of media diversity. In fact, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication awarded its inaugural Diversity and Equity Award to the Manship School. We were cited for our comprehensive diversity plan, fundraising for diversity, organized efforts to recruit faculty and students, constant attention to the classes we offer, faculty research and service to other universities, journalists and their public through its Forum on Media Diversity. Highlights include:

  • Sixty percent of our faculty members have conducted research on topics related to diversity.
  • We have received four separate grants that involve diversity related concepts.
  • The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs helped establish the Forum on Media Diversity, which includes a bibliographic database of over 3,000 academic and professional journal articles, books and conference papers on diversity issues with focus on media, journalism and communication in both national and international contexts.
  • We created the nation's first and only Chair in Race, Media and Cultural Literacy.

About LSU

LSU serves the people of Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The University brings in more than $150 million annually in outside research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy. LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy land, sea, and space grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solving endemic problems. Among institutions of higher education, LSU is uniquely situated to provide a rich educational experience. The University boasts record breaking numbers of high achieving freshman students from underrepresented minorities indicating our commitment to diversity. The University’s success as the Flagship campus has been attained not only by harnessing the intellectual capital of its faculty and students, but also by exploiting the geographic and cultural capital found only in Louisiana. The University is guided by LSU Strategic Plan 2025, which identified six strategic opportunities for the institution over the coming years:

  • Advancing arts and culture;
  • Transforming education;
  • Developing leaders;
  • Fostering research and catalyzing economic development;
  • Bridging the coast, energy, and environment;
  • Fostering research and catalyzing economic development; and
  • Improving health and wellbeing

The Community

Situated on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana's vibrant culture. The state capital is a diverse and thriving city that is home to both LSU and Southern University and numerous businesses and industrial facilities. Known for its great people, its unique food, and its lively music, the “Red Stick” has something for everyone. The Baton Rouge area offers an excellent selection of both public schools, including five of the top ten public school districts in the state, and private schools, including several of the top ones in the country.  Choose Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Baton Rouge, are fantastic resources for all things Baton Rouge.

The State of Louisiana has received numerous accolades in recent years, including:

  • Ranking No. 2 in the nation for private sector job growth in the South based on data from the US Bureau of Labor in 2015;
  • Ranking No.6 for low student loan debt following graduation in 2017 according to U.S. News;
  • Being named No. 7 in the nation for best living environment in the 2014 ranking of Best & Worst States for Business by Chief Executive magazine;
  • Ranking No. 1 nationwide in ACT score gains in 2015, according to Greater Baton Rouge Business Report; and
  • The Southwest Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail, a 180-mile scenic byway, receiving an All-American Road designation.

Applicants and Nominees

Applicants and nominees must hold a degree in one of the School’s fields of study or a related field, or commensurate experience in a related professional field, and academic or professional credentials appropriate for appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure, including a sustained and outstanding record of scholarly publication or comparable professional achievement. The successful candidate will have leadership experience in higher education with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as a commitment to educational quality and scholarly excellence, a record of working with others collaboratively, a record of capitalizing on emerging opportunities, and commitments to putting students first, to collegiality, and to shared governance.

Letters of nomination may be e-mailed to Lauren Foster, Executive Recruiter, at [email protected] or Marcus Sylvas, Talent Acquisition Partner, at [email protected] The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by February 12, 2021. Applicants must include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a written statement detailing past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers and a list of at least five professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential. References will not be contacted until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

LSU Values Diversity

Diversity is fundamental to LSU’s mission. The university is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority. LSU recognizes achieving international prominence depends on the human spirit, participation, and dedicated work of the entire university community. The LSU Strategic Plan will be realized by bringing together diverse ideas, perspectives, skills, and talents of the nation’s preeminent scholars, brightest students, and leading higher education professionals. Through its Commitment to Community, LSU strives to create an inclusive, respectful, and intellectually challenging climate that embraces individual difference in race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, religion/spirituality, socioeconomic status, disability, family or marital status, genetic information, veteran’s status, experiences, opinions, and ideas. LSU proactively cultivates and sustains a campus environment that values open dialogue, cooperation, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and cultural competence—the driving forces that enrich and enhance cutting-edge research, first-rate teaching, and engaging community outreach activities. To learn more, visit LSU Together at

Louisiana State University is an exceptional university committed to serving its state, the nation, and the world through education, research, and public service. Located in one of America’s most beautiful and unique locations, LSU is a community of scholars and professionals committed to opportunity without restrictions that are based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.