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The Position

Reporting to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of the university, the dean advances the teaching, research and service missions and is responsible for providing imaginative, effective, dynamic and transformational leadership for the college. Related responsibilities include providing visionary leadership in encouraging and rewarding faculty excellence in research teaching and service; fostering academic and scholarly excellence; exploring innovative approaches to enhance students' educational experiences; developing a shared vision and mission of the two disciplines within the college while building upon the shared purpose and recognizing each unit’s distinctive qualities and aims; managing and developing financial resources; and providing leadership for fundraising and resource development.

It is expected the dean will have education, teaching and scholarship credentials that meet the standards for appointment at full professor rank within the college and should possess the following:

  • A doctorate or terminal degree in a field appropriate to one of the college’s programs or comparable professional experience;
  • A record of successful senior leadership experience in the academy or industry;
  • Commitment to academic excellence and innovation in both graduate and undergraduate education, with the ability to inspire and lead a vibrant intellectual community that values analysis and innovation, critical thought, and creative expression;
  • Previous experience or familiarity with private and public fundraising;
    Capability to serve as the public face of the college and translate the important work being done within the schools to other parts of the university as well as essential stakeholders, alumni, professional associations and industry partners;
  • Commitment to enhance the cultural and ethnic diversity of the faculty, staff and students in the college, as well as the emphasis on diversity within the curriculum;
  • Ability to promote collaboration and integration of teaching and research in areas that are closely aligned across the college and schools;
  • Ability to develop a clear brand identity for the college while maintaining a strong brand identity for the two schools and the disciplines they represent;
  • Leadership and communications skills and budget management experience necessary to administer the affairs of the college and interact effectively with other university administrative officers;
  • Ability to build and leverage industry partnerships for the benefit of student experiences, scholarly exploration and service;
  • Strong abilities to lead the continued development and implementation of a dynamic vision for the future direction of the college;
  • Commitment to take an active role in both journalism and library and information science professional organizations.