Public Communication Division Director, Tenured

Jan 28, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
Bryan Bourgault
Full Time
The Public Communication Division of the School of Communication at American University is seeking applicants for the position of Division Director. High-level professional experience in strategic communication is required, along with academic experience. A PhD in Communication or a related field is preferred but not required (a master’s degree is required). All candidates should be qualified for appointment with tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor at American University. The ideal candidate will have worked in an academic environment and will have high-level professional experience in at least one of the following types of organizations: communication agencies; corporations; nonprofit organizations; associations; or local, state, or federal government. The successful applicant’s professional trajectory will demonstrate a deep understanding of the practice of strategic communication (public relations, public affairs, political communication, corporate communication, social marketing, public health communication, etc.), as well as a respect for, and understanding of, the valuable nexus of practitioner communication and scholarly research in communication and the social sciences. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate his/her understanding of digital-era practices, trends, and evolving research methods in the field. The successful applicant will understand the professional opportunities in the field, and he/she will also recognize the importance of integrating the professional aspects of the discipline with the creative, professional, and scholarly requirements of the Division, School, and University.

The Division Director oversees 16 full-time tenured, tenure track, in-residence, and term faculty in the School’s largest major. The position requires insightful interpersonal skills and strong administrative capabilities. In addition to administrative experience relevant to the Division Director’s role, the applicant should have strong teaching credentials and serve as a mentor to tenure –line and term faculty. The Division Director’s duties include working with faculty to assign classes, teaching two classes per academic year, developing the strategic mission and goals of the Division, and working with the Dean on School-wide administrative matters, including hiring and mission. The successful candidate will be comfortable managing budgets, conducting faculty evaluations, recruiting students, maintaining and securing strategic partnerships with outside organizations, and collaborating with other campus units. The Division Director works with the weekend MA Program Director and the MA in Political Communication Program Director and oversees a fully online MA in Strategic Communication scheduled to launch in January 2014. The Division Director oversees the Division’s Outcomes and Assessments program, and ACEJMC accreditation. The Division Director works with the Associate Dean of Academic Administration in hiring and assigning adjunct faculty, developing and scheduling new classes, and long-term academic planning.

Application process: Application materials should be sent in PDF via email to and addressed to the PC Division Director Search Committee.

Submissions should include:
1)a letter of interest that addresses the position requirements and summarizes qualifications, previous leadership experience and accomplishments, and articulates relevance to leading a multi-disciplinary department; describes research interests, courses taught, and history of mentoring faculty
2)full curriculum vitae
3)names and contact information for three references
(If possible please send all materials in one PDF file.)

Hard copy materials may be sent to:
PC Division Director Search Committee
School of Communication
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016-8017

The committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. For full consideration, all application materials should be received no later than Feb. 22, 2013.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. American University is an AA/EEO institution, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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