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Professor and Department Chair of Communication

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Communication - 311400

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Professor and Department Chair of Communication

Appointment Type:

Admin Appointment with Faculty Rank

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications.

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Department of Communication is one of 44 departments and curricula in the College of Arts & Sciences. As the largest unit on campus, the College of Arts and Sciences forms the academic core of the Carolina experience. Through teaching, research, and service, the Department of Communication addresses how communication functions to create, sustain, and transform personal life, social relations, political institutions, economic organizations, and cultural and aesthetic conventions in society. Recognized for significant contributions to the profession, University, state, and nation; the Department houses a Ph.D. program, a major in Communication, an interdisciplinary major in Cultural Studies, and a minor in Writing for the Screen and Stage. It serves as the intellectual home for 25 faculty members, 45 graduate students, and over 600 undergraduates. The Department’s doctoral program offers a theoretically rich, interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to education and research that enables graduate students to define their own research in response to the changing demands of a constantly evolving communicative and cultural world. The Department’s undergraduate major features four structured concentrations: interpersonal and organizational communication; media and technology studies and production; performance studies; and rhetoric. Each concentration offers the Department’s majors, as well as the hundreds of pan-University non-majors, a set of critical capacities that contribute to an engaged, creative, and critical 21st-century citizen.

Position Summary:

The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication. Reporting to the senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities, serving as the department’s academic leader and lead administrative officer, the chair will be called upon to: create an environment that facilitates an effective shared vision; proactively lead department academic, research and service activities; promote an inclusive and culturally competent environment with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and students; promote, recognize and reward faculty research, excellence in teaching and mentoring, and excellence in service; provide programs and opportunities for students to develop research and leadership skills; effectively link programs within the department to the broader college and university missions; foster a culture of high-impact interdisciplinary research and collaboration within the college; build partnerships and alliances across the university; provide leadership in developing external partnerships and fundraising in support of the department’s mission and goals; continue a nationally and internationally recognized research program; demonstrate strong abilities in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and facilitate student recruitment, budget administration, and personnel management.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

The successful candidate (they) must be eligible for appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure, including a Ph.D. or recognized equivalent They must have a national reputation in Communication or an adjacent field with an outstanding record of research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate must be able to articulate an innovative vision of communication for the 21st century that reflects that department’s commitment to engagement, creativity, and critique. They will be a relationship builder and advocate with a proven capacity to persuade a wide range of audiences and guide the implementation of their vision. They will be a collaborative and creative leader who is collegial and supportive with a commitment to the promotion of diversity. They will have demonstrated administrative management experience, including an ability to balance the priorities of multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to developing the excellence of communication faculty, as well as recruiting and supporting promising students, maintaining strong relationships with our alumni, and working with University Development to secure philanthropic support.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:


Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants may be asked to submit at a later date a statement of teaching philosophy, a research statement, up to three reprints of articles, and/or other evidence of scholarly activity, as well as evidence of teaching effectiveness. A separate statement that addresses past and potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion may also be requested at a later date, along with the names, titles, and email addresses of a minimum of four professional references. Reference providers identified by the applicant will be contacted via email with instructions for submitting their letters of support.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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