Department Chair

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Position Number:


Working Title:

Department Chair

Classification Title:

Department Chair/ Director


Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)


Communication Studies

Position Designation:


Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Primary Purpose of Department:

The Department of Communication Studies primary mission is to provide high quality instruction to its undergraduate and graduate students, and to contribute significantly to the understanding of communication issues as they affect people’s lives, especially in the Charlotte metropolitan region. Through its teaching, scholarship and service the department is committed to serving diverse populations.

The Department of Communication Studies ( has 29 full-time faculty members emphasizing Mass Media, Public Advocacy, Organizational Communication, Public Relations, and Health Communication. The department serves approximately 1100 majors, 80 minors, 30 MA and 179 minors in Journalism. Additionally, it offers a Ph.D. in Organizational Science in partnership with Management and Sociology departments and faculty are affiliated with Health and Human Services, American Studies, International Studies, Film Studies, School of Data Science, Health Psychology Ph.D.and the Honors College. The department defines its overall mission as one of providing instruction, scholarship, and service to the university, the region, and the discipline in the field of Communication Studies. The department focuses explicitly on blending theory and praxis to provide a holistic education for its diverse undergraduate and graduate students, as the guiding principle for its research agenda, and as characterizing the kind of informed professional service it can offer to the region and discipline. The department has developed its strategic direction through a theoretical and applied approach to communication practices. Specifically, the department’s goals entail (1) providing a quality educational experience for undergraduate students in the B.A. in Communication Studies, the department’s two minors, and its service and cross-disciplinary offerings; (2) providing a quality educational experience for its graduate students in the M.A. degree program in Communication Studies and the Ph.D. degree program in Organizational Science; (3) making significant contributions to research in the discipline; (4) integrating the department’s research with the resources and needs of the region; (5) serving the discipline in ways that enhance the educational and research missions of the discipline; and (6) serving the communication needs of the region in a professional and scholarly manner.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advances the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and creativity and – by building the academic programs for tomorrow – educates students to be critical and imaginative thinkers and engaged citizens for a world increasingly characterized by diversity and change.

Vacancy Open to:

UNC Charlotte Employees Only

Description of Work:

Responsible for the daily operation of the department and the department programs. The Department Chair/ Director will promote excellence in department programs within the University. Chair/ Director responsibilities are classified as professional duties requiring leadership and mentoring of faculty, administrative expertise to include vision, long term and short-term planning, decision-making and coordination of instruction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Requirements for the position include 1) a Ph.D. in communication studies or in a related discipline; 2) a record of scholarship, teaching, and service commensurate with a tenured appointment; 3) the ability to provide the vision and leadership necessary to preside over the department and to facilitate its continuing advancement; 4) a commitment to multi-disciplinary approaches to scholarship and teaching as it relates to the further development of the department’s mission and curricula; 5) a commitment to the education of the department’s diverse student population; and, 6) the ability to contribute to the department’s scholarly, instructional, and service activities.

Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

Also desired are (1) experience as a department chair or other administrative experience and/or (2) experience in a multi-disciplinary department. The department chair is responsible for overseeing all administrative tasks that fall within the purview of the position, including (but not necessarily restricted to) strategic planning, management of the budget, supervision and evaluation of the unit’s faculty and staff, monitoring of academic policies and procedures, curriculum development, class scheduling, student advising, and mentoring, representing the department at meetings and events, and interfacing with both on and off-campus constituencies.

Special Notes to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin January 13, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to, position # 005223. Please attach the following documents with your electronic application: (1) letter of application outlining your leadership philosophy and skills, administrative experience, scholarly interests and agenda, teaching activities, and programming ideas related to the qualifications outlined above; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) diversity statement and (4) the names and contact information for three references.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate chosen for this position will subject to criminal background check and will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.

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Open Until Filled:


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Contact Information:

Questions may be directed to Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan, Communication Studies Search Committee Chair, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd, Colvard 5003, Charlotte, NC 28223 or [email protected]




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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2020
Application Due: 2/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time