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Department Chair/Head- Department of Communication

Clemson University
Strode Tower-Clemson University

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Department Chair/Head- Department of Communication

Strode Tower-Clemson University
Open Date:
May 12, 2023

The Department of Communication at Clemson University seeks an exceptional academic leader for the position of Department Chair, a tenure-line position with faculty rank of Full Professor, to begin Fall 2024. Advanced Associate Professors with an exemplary record of achievement in university research, teaching and service at a level sufficient to qualify for appointment as a tenured Full Professor will also be considered.  We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related field with teaching and research records commensurate with appointment at Full Professor at a Carnegie R1 institution. To apply for this position, candidates should have at least three years of department-level administrative experience.


Responsibilities include working collaboratively with college and university administrators, facilitating student recruitment, fundraising, budget administration, and personnel management. The candidate appointed to this position should possess a spirit suitable to collaboration with the Dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and other administrative offices. The ideal candidate will be fiscally responsible, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrate a strong sense of stewardship. The candidate will also have a vision for maintaining the department’s strong commitment to student success while advancing and expanding our efforts as an R1 institution. 


Housed in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, the Department of Communication is a vibrant and fast-growing unit that offers three academic degree programs: a BA in Communication, a BA in Sports Communication, and an MA in Communication. The department offers minors in Communication and Sports Communication and serves the university through two introductory general education communication courses that serve over 3,000 students each year. In addition to an affiliation with the university’s Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute, the department houses the Campbell Professorship in Sports Communication.


The Department of Communication is also home to several facilities and co-curricular activities including WSBF 88.1 FM, The Tiger newspaper, Tigervision TV network, the Social Media Listening Center, Communication Center and Research Lab, a nationally and internationally recognized debate team, and faculty-led study abroad programs. Approximately 40 faculty, 350 undergraduate majors, 360 undergraduate minors, 25 graduate students, and three staff members study and work across the department’s programs and engage through its facilities and co-curricular initiatives.


The Department of Communication is a dynamic department committed to educating and producing leaders who can navigate the challenges of an ever-changing global community. The department espouses an environment of collegiality and collaboration and aims to achieve goals for inclusive excellence set forth by the Clemson Elevate strategic plan. We are dedicated to promoting, advocating, and advancing diversity through teaching, scholarship, and service on campus and in the community. More information about the department may be found at:


The College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences joins together a unique combination of schools and departments: Communication; Nursing; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health Sciences; and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice.  The college supports interdisciplinary centers, initiatives, and partners that advance its mission of Building Healthy Communities, including the Center of Research on Health Disparities, Clemson Food and Nutrition Security Initiative, Clemson Rural Health, and a partnership with Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital through the Institute on Engaged Aging.  More information on the college may be found at


Clemson University is one of two land-grant institutions in South Carolina. The university has significantly increased its investments in graduate education and research and is currently ranked #31 in the U.S. News and World Report listing of top Public National Research Universities. More information may be found at  The main campus is located in the Upstate region, an area characterized by a relatively low cost of living, great natural beauty, and access to nearby cities such as Greenville, Atlanta, Asheville, Charlotte, and Columbia. More information may be found at


To apply for this position, candidates should have at least three years of department, college, or university level administrative experience. The candidate will be a leader with a vision for helping maintain the department’s strong commitment to student success while advancing and expanding our research efforts as an R1 institution.

Responsibilities include working with faculty and staff to chart a vision for the future of the Department of Communication, working collaboratively with college and university administrators, facilitating student recruitment, fundraising, budget administration, and personnel management. The ideal candidate will be fiscally responsible, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrate a strong sense of stewardship.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should electronically submit all application materials via Interfolio: Required materials include (1) a cover letter detailing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a statement detailing how the applicant’s teaching, research, and/or service experiences contribute to a culture of diversity and inclusion, and (4) contact information for five professional references.

Applications received by October 1st, 2023 will be given full consideration. Salary is competitive and negotiable, based on experience. The position will remain open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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