Position Announcement:
The recently formed School of Communication at The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for the founding School Director position. The Director will provide energetic and visionary leadership, as well as principled administrative guidance and advocacy for the mission of the School in teaching, research, and public service/outreach. The Director serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, reporting to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The position is full-time, 12-month, tenure track, and begins July 1, 2020. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
• Holds responsibility for leadership of the School and representing the School to the College and University administration. In addition, the School Director:
• oversees and guides strategic planning and analysis of School operations, budget, technology and facilities, and fundraising;
• guides student recruitment and retention practices, especially for first generation and minority students;
• engages in program and curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate academic programs;
• engages in regular attention to faculty recruitment, review, and retention practices, and also promotes diversity, inclusion, and faculty governance;
• ensures continuing compliance with the principles and standards of accrediting bodies;
• builds relationships with alumni and stakeholders;
• promotes scholarship productivity and fosters an environment conducive to impactful, externally funded scholarly activities among faculty and students; and
• remains engaged as a member of the university and active in scholarship activities.

Minimum Qualifications
An earned terminal degree in Communication or a closely related field; administrative experience that indicates an ability to manage a diverse school with multiple programs; evidence of a distinguished and sustained scholarly record that would qualify the applicant for tenure and the rank of at least associate professor; and evidence of teaching excellence.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred rank of full professor; experience with Mass Communication/Journalism, Communication Studies, and/or Media and Entertainment Arts programs; experience with assessment and/or accreditation processes; experience with a doctoral-granting program; professional/ industry experience; understand and value both traditional academic scholarship and creative scholarship; and experience with innovative pedagogical practices.

About the School of Communication
The School of Communication is a vibrant intellectual community of 27 full-time faculty members on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses and over 500 undergraduate and graduate students. Academic programs include undergraduate majors in Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Entertainment Arts, and Public Relations and Advertising, and Public Relations and Communication degrees at the Master’s and Doctorate levels, respectively. The School also has a significant presence on campus, housing the campus newspaper, radio station, a record label, a video production crew, the USM Speaking Center, a nationally competitive speech and debate team, a student audio group, and a variety of student organizations. The School is also fully accredited by the ACEJMC.

About The University of Southern Mississippi The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have been awarded four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin November 30, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Janet Donaldson to inquire about the position (janet.donaldson@usm.edu). A completed application will include: 1) cover letter, 2) CV, 3) 2-3 page leadership statement describing your approach to leadership and how you are prepared for this position, 4) contact information for 3 references, and 5) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable until final hiring process). Application materials must be uploaded through the Human Resources site at: https://jobs.usm.edu. As an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity employer/ Americans with Disabilities Act institution, the University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.