Job ID: 127097

Department Head of Communication

Missouri State University

  • Aug. 2, 2019
  • Department Head of Communication
  • College of Arts & Letters
  • https://communication.missouristate....
  • Missouri State University
    Springfield , MO
  • Open Until Filled
  • Jul. 1, 2020
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Communications/Journalism (all)
An exciting opportunity exists for a collaborative leader to join the Department of Communication at Missouri State University as Department Head. The Department Head will supervise the Department of Communication by providing active leadership in recruitment and retention, curriculum development, and hiring and evaluation of faculty. The successful candidate will be a tenured Full Professor and will join a strong team of supportive and cooperative University leadership and faculty. This is a five-year appointment.

Required Qualifications
  • Terminal degree (doctorate) in communication
  • Tenurable as Full Professor in the Department of Communication
  • 3 years of comprehensive administrative experience including
    • Recruitment and evaluation of personnel
    • Curriculum development
    • Budgeting
    • Promotion and support of faculty scholarship
  • Strong record of scholarship in a communication related area of expertise
  • Demonstrate support of initiatives in online education
  • Demonstrate commitment to fostering a diverse environment
  • Successful in teaching, research, and service
  • Excellent communication skills

Key Responsibilities
The Department Head will be responsible for student enrollment management with a focus on increasing diversity initiatives as well as faculty recruitment, development, and evaluation. The successful candidate will provide leadership to all areas of department, including the Debate Team and The Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR). The Head will be responsible for program/curriculum development and review, student advisement, departmental budgeting, class schedule planning, and general supervision of the teaching, research, and service and related scholarly activities of the department.

About the Department
One of the largest departments in the College of Arts and Letters, Missouri State’s award-winning Communication Department boasts a rich history of achievement including a nationally renowned debate program and more than 100 years of success. They offer a small student-faculty ratio, which promotes strong mentoring and advising relationships as well as diverse curriculum and service-learning opportunities that focus on community issues. The Department also has a strong alumni network that provides students with excellent internship and career opportunities.

Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. Their purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. There are a total of 26,216 students in the Missouri State system, representing all 50 states and 88 foreign countries, making them the second largest university in the state.

Living in Springfield, MO
Nicknamed the "Queen City of the Ozarks" and known as the birthplace of Route 66, Springfield is the metro hub for southwest Missouri. Residents have plenty of opportunities to enjoy music, dining, art, theater and nightlife in the historic downtown area. A network of trails and plenty of green space appeal to outdoorsy types, while city events bring the community together. Cost of living in the Springfield metro area is significantly less than in other areas of the country, with expenses like housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care all costing less than the national average.

To Apply
Consideration of applications begins October 1, 2019 and continues until position is filled. Please apply online at by uploading the following:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts - 1
  • Other Documents -1 (three professional references: name, title, address, phone number and email address)

Non-Discrimination Statement
Missouri State University is a community of people with respect for diversity. The University emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, and students. In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including ancestry, or any other subcategory of national origin recognized by applicable law), religion, sex (including marital status, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other subcategory of sex recognized by applicable law), age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University. Sex discrimination encompasses sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, and is strictly prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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