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Founding Director - School of Communication and Journalism and Associate/Full Professor
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South Dakota State University seeks a visionary leader to serve as Founding Director of the newly integrated School of Communication and Journalism, beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, pending final approval of the South Dakota Board of Regents. Start date approximately July 1, 2018. The ideal applicant will possess strong leadership skills, conducive to the position’s requirements to serve as a community builder and to provide a dynamic vision for the foundation of the school. The Founding Director will oversee approximately 25 faculty and staff in a school that serves 300 undergraduate and graduate students in Communication Studies, Journalism, Advertising, and Public Relations. Applicants should discuss in their cover letter a proposed vision for how to successfully integrate two existing departments — Communication Studies and Journalism and Mass Communications — into one exemplary school. The Founding Director will be expected to teach based on his or her expertise and needs within the school. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • A Ph.D. or equivalent in Communication Studies, Mass Communications or closely related discipline and a strong record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with appointment as a tenured faculty member as Professor or Associate Professor. • Demonstrated experience in administrative work (such as a Department Chair, Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies, etc.). • Demonstrated ability as a vibrant, visionary leader who seeks to build community with both internal and external communities. • Exemplary oral and written communications abilities as expected from an academic leader in the chosen discipline.
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PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS • Prior experience with ACEJMC or similar accreditation. • Prior experience in an integrated school or department. • Prior experience with budget management, student recruitment and retention, class scheduling, facilitating faculty meetings, developing and enforcing policies and procedures, alumni programming, fund-raising, grant writing, and promoting diversity and inclusion. The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; curriculum vitae; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email or paper applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or [email protected] if you require assistance with the electronic application process. SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.
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SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,100, near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city with a population approaching 180,000 people.
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SDSU accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; curriculum vitae; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email or paper applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or [email protected] if you require assistance with the electronic application process.