Associate Dean of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA)

Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA).   

Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 200 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degrees students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.8 GPA and an SAT score in the 1300s.

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, a green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its 150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.

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The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications seeks an Associate Dean of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility, who will envision, strategize, advocate, lead, implement, and oversee the school’s IDEA efforts. This work will include developing an IDEA vision for the school; strategic and resource planning and reporting; developing and documenting IDEA policies and practice; prioritizing efforts targeting the recruitment and retention of staff, faculty, and students; and the expanding and deepening of discussions about diversity, inclusion, and related issues in the community and in the curriculum.

As an IDEA thought leader, subject matter expert and change agent, this role will help advance our efforts to cultivate an environment where everyone (faculty, staff, students, alumni, visitors) feels valued, has a sense of belonging and is treated equitably. Careful measurements of IDEA efforts, their impact and communication of these metrics to various stakeholders will also be a critical aspect of the role.

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For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Susan VanGilder, Managing Director

Sara Swisher-Anderson, Senior Associate

Syracuse University respects and values diversity, including but not limited to differences in age, ability, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, national origin, physical attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level. We actively promote and develop a school community that is culturally competent, socially responsible, and globally engaged.

Syracuse University does not discriminate in any term or condition of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state or local law.