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Dean of the School of Communication (SOC)

Loyola University Chicago

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Loyola University Chicago, School of Communication
Chicago, Illinois

Loyola University Chicago seeks a Dean of the School of Communication (SOC) with energy, ambition, creativity, and the ability to lead the school to greater distinction. The Dean will join Loyola at an exciting time under the leadership of recently inaugurated president Mark C. Reed, EdD, MBA, who is working across the university to actualize a strategic plan based around the alignment of research, scholarship and mission, the promotion of racial justice, and the institution's ability to address complex societal challenges. As the study of communication is one of the primary means for promoting the traditional goals of liberal education – understanding political rhetoric and social justice, participating in media advocacy, and developing an ethical sensitivity necessary to the times – the incoming Dean will have a profound influence on the future of the university by working with the SOC faculty, staff, and students who are mutually and deeply committed to creating an impact on Chicago, the nation, and the world.

Located in one of the world's top communication centers and the third largest media market in the country, Loyola University Chicago utilizes the great and diverse city of Chicago as its learning laboratory. The School of Communication provides an ideal setting for integrating study with practical application in the expanding fields of advertising, public advocacy, cultural communication, digital media studies, film production, multimedia journalism, public relations, and other areas of communication. The School is a community of learners that fosters critical thinking and innovation, integrates big ideas in communication theory and practice, tells stories across multiple platforms, and adapts to changing technology and social needs. With an emphasis on equity and social justice, the School of Communication serves over 600 students in an environment of learning and belonging for all. Through its range of degree and programmatic offerings, including undergraduate and master's programs, the School of Communication seeks to develop ethical professionals with the knowledge and dedication to make a lasting contribution through communication and service in the world.
Inspired by the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence, intellectual openness, social justice, and service to others, the Dean will work to deepen the School's commitment to integrity and work collaboratively with School leaders to develop a vision for the School that builds upon and elevates the work of its exceptional faculty, staff, and students. Through careful listening to gain a deep appreciation for the school, the Dean will become an advocate for the School of Communication, working to build relationships and garner resources that further enable high-quality and accessible programs, research, and community and industry engagement.

The Dean will help uplift and define the next era of the School of Communication and will address a number of key strategic and operational priorities. To be successful in this role, the Dean will:

● Create a vision and plan for the School's continued growth that is rooted in the University's core values of social justice, equity, and inclusion and distinctly positions Loyola Chicago as a champion of innovation and integrity in communication;
● Leverage the city of Chicago and elevate the School's visibility through industry partnerships and community engagement initiatives;
● Energize a creative and committed faculty and staff by furthering opportunities for research and collaboration;
● Ensure the financial health and future of the School of Communication through fundraising, resource management, and alumni engagement;
● Advocate for the School of Communication across University divisions and schools

Loyola University Chicago has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti, Brian Burbank, and Katie Pusecker Kilcawley
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected

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Working at Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University and the only one located in Chicago. Shaped by our city and our Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers students an educational environment unmatched for its diversity of thought and experience.

Loyola University Chicago comprises four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to eleven schools and colleges: Arrupe College, Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois.

With three campuses spread throughout the greater Chicago area, students have access to hundreds of cultural institutions as well as thousands of internships and networking opportunities with the city's Fortune 500 companies. Study-abroad programs at our Rome and Beijing Centers provide engagement with the global community and economy.

While rigorous programs of research and study are one hallmark of a Jesuit education, we're not just preparing students for a career, we're preparing them for life. We challenge our students to learn broadly, to think critically, to serve generously, to lead with integrity, to respect diversity. We come from all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.

Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications, and named the University a "best value" in its 2008 rankings.

Our faculty take a person-centered approach to education. They’re not just here to teach students what they know, they’re here to teach them to think critically and creatively and to reach for their own discoveries.

More facts about Loyola University Chicago:

  • Total enrollment: 15,902
  • 80+ undergraduate majors and 80+ minors
  • 140+ graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs
  • More than 4,000 faculty and staff members 
  • 14:1 Undergraduate student/faculty ratio 
  • 150,000 alumni; 85,000 in Chicago 
  • One of only eight percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter

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