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POSITION: Chair, Communication Studies
DEPARTMENT: Communication Studies
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications begins December 1, 2012, and continues until interviews are scheduled.


Position: Department Chair Full-time position.  Subject to funding availability.

Rank: Open

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities: The Chair of Communication Studies has primary responsibility for the coordination, supervision and administration of programs and activities of the department.  This includes planning and budgeting; recruiting, mentoring, and evaluating faculty and staff; providing leadership in curricular matters; providing leadership in alumni relations and philanthropy; overseeing program reviews as required by the Illinois Board of Higher Education; teaching and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: Terminal degree or 30 hours beyond the Masterís Degree in a Communication discipline with evidence of excellence in teaching and research that can contribute to the departmentís undergraduate and graduate programs. We seek a leader who will foster a supportive environment for faculty and students with diverse interests and backgrounds while advancing departmental goals. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a commitment to collaborative and transparent leadership required.

Desired Qualifications: Doctoral degree preferred. Previous successful experience in program- or department-level leadership, especially in a collective bargaining environment.

Deadline: Review of applications begins December 1, 2012, and continues until interviews are scheduled.

Application: Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of leadership philosophy, statement of teaching philosophy, contact information for five professional references, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable initially).  Electronic submissions (PDF or Microsoft Word documents) to are preferred.

Hard copies of materials may also be sent to:

Ms. Donna Nichols

Department of History

Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Avenue

Charleston, IL, 61920

Starting Date: July 1, 2013

The Department:  The Communication Studies Department offers both B.A. and M.A. degrees. Approximately 500 undergraduate majors are enrolled in programs of study in Corporate Communication, Public Relations, Interpersonal Communication, Mass Communication (Broadcast or Electronic Media), and Communication, Society, and Pop Culture. In addition, the department participates in interdisciplinary minors in Advertising, Broadcast Meteorology, Film Studies, and Health Communication. The M.A. program, enrolling approximately 30 students, offers concentrations in Strategic Communication, Human Communication Processes, Critical/Cultural Studies, and a Pedagogy Option.

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Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community.

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