Professor and Department Head
The Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for Professor and Department Head of the Communication Department. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of professor, and will be expected to engage in teaching, research, and service as well serve as leader of this growing academic department.
UConn is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1). As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for the Head of the Communication Department. We seek candidates who have significant and widespread recognition in the field of Communication.
The Communication Department has 16 full time faculty members and 3 Assistant Professors in Residence and Visiting Professors, and has approximately 45 graduate students and 800 undergraduate majors. The University of Connecticut is ranked the best public university in New England, and among the top 20 public universities nationwide. The Communication Department is ranked Number 1 in New England, according to the National Research Council and ranks among the six most research-productive Communication Departments nationally.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate effective leadership in a diverse community of faculty colleagues, students, and staff professionals, and to be an articulate and vigorous spokesperson for the department’s scientific and educational missions. The department’s research profile is particularly strong in quantitative analysis of interpersonal communication, mass media, social influence, communication technology, and health communication, but candidates from all emphasis areas are encouraged to apply.
Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools, etc.
Minimum qualifications: The successful candidate for this position will have a Ph.D. in Communication or closely related field (equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable), a proven record of excellence in teaching; a distinguished record of publications and achievements in their research specialty; evidence of strong administrative experience and managerial skills; and a deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs.
Preferred qualifications for this position include research interests that will strengthen, build or bridge existing programs in Communication. Other preferred qualifications include a record of attracting and mentoring the highest quality faculty; a record of strengthening a graduate program; and of expanding interdisciplinary research activities through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.
This is a full time, 10-month position with an intended start date of August 23, 2015. Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.
To apply, submit via www.jobs.uconn.edu a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); statement concerning leadership values and vision;and a commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.). Three letters of reference should be sent to Maryann.Markowski@uconn.edu.
Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please include the search number #2015131 with all correspondence. UConn no longer offers benefits to domestic partners of either sex. However, the State of Connecticut has legalized same-sex marriages; marriage partners can therefore obtain full benefits regardless of their sexual orientation.
The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.