Department Head- Communication

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Job description

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Job Overview
The Drexel University Department of Communication seeks an accomplished scholar and educator to serve as Department Head, starting in September 2018.

The successful candidate will provide vision and leadership for this newly independent department, and will oversee the ongoing development of the faculty research enterprise, as well as its diverse undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department Head will be essential in charting the future of the Department of Communication and should demonstrate innovative scholarship as well as a strong record in areas such as creating new programs, managing the needs of faculty, and overseeing curricular improvements. He or she should hold a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field, and either hold the rank of Full Professor or be ready to achieve that rank.

Essential Functions
The Department offers a longstanding BA/BS in Communication in traditional and online formats, with concentrations in Public Relations, Journalism, Technical & Science Communication, and an “open” flexible concentration; and an established MS in Communication (traditional and online formats); associated is a collaborative, interdisciplinary MS and PhD in Communication, Culture & Media (CCM). The program stresses theoretical grounding and practical experience through co-operative education and supervised practicum and internship experiences. Undergraduate senior capstone projects emphasize practical applications or academic work.

Drexel’s outstanding faculty maintain a high research and publishing profile. Located in University City in Philadelphia, the University is a top-ranked academic research institution and one of the premier metropolitan private universities in the country. Drexel is particularly renowned for its innovative cooperative education and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research, teaching, administrative qualifications and vision for the department, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references with contact information

Preference will be given to applications received on or before November 1, 2017, applications will be considered until the position is filled. Inquiries and nominations may be addressed to Dr. Scott Gabriel Knowles (

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University’s acceptance of the results of the background investigation.

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Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a top-ranked, comprehensive university recognized for its focus on experiential learning through co-operative education, its commitment to cutting-edge academic technology and its growing enterprise of use-inspired research. With more than 23,500 students, Drexel is the nation's 14th largest private university and ranked sixth among national universities in the most recent U.S. News & World Report list of "Up-and-Comers."