The College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication. This is a full-time, 9-month faculty reporting directly to the dean of the college with appointment expected at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor (preferred) with tenure. This position is open to both regular and special title series (for additional information on title series at UK visit https://ofa.uky.edu/policies-procedures/policies-title-series). The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024. Qualification and Responsibilities: The new Chair of the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) will continue to grow, support, and nurture the collegial culture of the department while working collaboratively across programs and units in the college. This person will be a visionary who will lead with transparency and integrity, with a commitment to engaging with, and strengthening, college- and university-wide initiatives. Administrative experience and understanding of the accreditation process are advantageous. A track record of national and/or international prominence as an ISC scholar (or related field) and experience working in a cross-disciplinary environment are expected. The successful candidate must hold an advanced degree in a related discipline (earned doctorate preferred) and be eligible to qualify for tenure at the university. The successful candidate must also be a leader with demonstrated excellence in university teaching and scholarship/creative activity and exhibit excellent organizational and communication skills. Members of under-represented groups are highly welcome and encouraged to apply, as are those who would bring dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion to the teaching, service and research missions of the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, the College of Communication and Information and the University of Kentucky. About the Department: The University of Kentucky’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, with 14 faculty members and more than 500 students, is a long-time, national leader in offering an integrated and strategic approach to advertising, account management, promotion, sponsorship, public relations, direct response, data analytics, social media and interactive communications. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Minor and Online Graduate Certificate in Integrated Strategic Communication. The Department of Integrated Strategic Communication is also fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).Through coursework and internships, ISC students develop professional skills across a variety of ISC areas. Students can also work with Grehan Associates and The Kentucky Kernel, join active major clubs, including student chapters of PRSSA and AAF, and take advantage of local professional PRSA and AAF chapters for networking and mentorship opportunities. ISC students also compete in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), recently placing 4th and 5th in the nation. For more information, visit https://ci.uky.edu/isc. ISC faculty are engaged in a robust research agenda within the ISC domain. This encompasses a broad spectrum of topics including inoculation theory, artificial intelligence, interactive advertising, consumer behaviors, health campaigns, nonprofit promotion, social marketing, and more. About the College: The College of Communication and Information is composed of two schools (School of Information Science and School of Journalism and Media), two departments (Department of Communication and Department of Integrated Strategic Communication), and interdisciplinary master’s and PhD programs. More than 80 full-time faculty lead nearly 2,000 undergraduate majors and 350 graduate students while also teaching in the university’s core curriculum and serving students pursuing minors and certificates in the college. The college also houses University of Kentucky’s independent student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, and the championship winning Intercollegiate Debate Team. About the University: Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grant institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The campus is home to more than 31,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty members, and nearly 14,000 staff members. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. As such, the University of Kentucky is an incubator for interdisciplinary research. These collaborations allow researchers to address the rapidly changing needs of a global society. According to Forbes magazine’s 2022 America’s Best-in-State Employers list, the University of Kentucky is the top ranked education employer in the state. In addition, for a fifth straight year, the University of Kentucky has appeared on ModernThink’s list of Great Colleges to Work For. As a leader among employers, the University of Kentucky offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more details, please visit www.uky.edu/HR/benefits. About Lexington: Featured on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of best places to live in 2022, the City of Lexington is a great place to not only live, but also work and study. With a population of roughly 320,000, Lexington offers both the warmth and lower cost of living of a small city and the amenities you would enjoy in a larger city, including the arts, cultural events, and a thriving dining scene. https://www.visitlex.com/ Our Commitment to Diversity: Experiencing a record high enrollment growth in students classified as first-generation and underrepresented minorities, the University of Kentucky is committed to creating a diverse, multicultural community of scholars and learners. It strives to be a model for the Commonwealth of Kentucky of a truly diverse society that celebrates human differences, promotes fairness and equity in policies and practices, and upholds basic principles of social justice. Our commitment applies to all candidates inclusive of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Application: To apply, please visit the University of Kentucky Jobs site https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/493279. Application materials should include: (1) a letter of application that briefly summarizes background, qualifications, and interest in the position; (2) a curriculum vita; (3) a statement on leadership including how teaching, research and service experience informs this perspective; and (4) contact information for three references when prompted in the application. Application review will begin November 13, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair: Dr. Deborah Chung via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgThe University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.
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