Department Chair, Communication, Media & Leadership Studies
Morehead State University - United States

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The chair is directly responsible for the administration of programs in his or her academic department in concert with the departmental faculty and under the supervision of the Dean of the College. The role of the department chair at Morehead State University includes being first in the administrative chain of command between the faculty and Dean regarding the duties and responsibilities listed and defined below.

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Chair, Department of Communication, Media and Leadership Studies

Morehead State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Communication, Media and Leadership Studies. The Chair provides academic and administrative leadership for the department and its programs and promotes excellence in teaching, advising, creative endeavor, scholarship and service to the University and to the profession. The Chair supports the mission and goals of the University and works with other stakeholders to implement the University’s strategic plan. The Chair reports to the Dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and oversees undergraduate and graduate academic programs served by 11 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 6 fixed-term instructors, one part-time lecturer, and support staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES : Lead the department and represent the unit within the University and community. Develop, update, implement, and coordinate teaching, research, and service missions of the unit. Administer budgets, personnel, and programs. Coordinate and conduct faculty evaluations and make recommendations. Oversee development, implementation, maintenance and assessment of academic programs, including general education and distance education programming. Lead and oversee curriculum development and revision, and ensure compliance with applicable accreditation and state standards. Coordinate faculty workloads and develop course schedules. Oversee student advising, fellowships, internships, scholarships, grant programs, facilities, and equipment. Serve as chair of the Media Advisory Board and ensure effective administration of the student newspaper and public media productions. Develop and maintain outreach initiatives, including the fostering of relationships with applicable businesses and industries and garnering feedback from external advisors. Participate in fund-raising and other cultivation initiatives and work to identify resources for new and existing programs. Perform other related duties as assigned with some teaching expected.

QUALIFICATIONS : The Chair of the Department of Communication, Media and Leadership Studies is expected to be a vigorous and collaborative leader with the ability to build the quality and stature of programs. The chair must be able to lead the recruitment of high-quality faculty and students, communicate effectively with the wider community and articulate a clear and consistent vision for the continued development of the unit. S/he is expected to build consensus, practice shared governance, and value diversity and inclusion.

The successful candidate is expected to have credentials consistent with the attainment of tenure at the rank of full professor in at least one field or specialization represented in the department, including the doctoral degree in a relevant field and faculty rank as a tenured full professor or qualifications for such rank within the department. We are seeking candidates that have demonstrated a significant record of success in college-level academic administration related to the responsibilities of the position. The selection process will focus on candidates who can effectively represent the department within and outside of the University, demonstrate sensitivity to and support for a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, are skilled in promoting productive partnerships and collaborations, and have the requisite disposition and ability to enhance the quality, expand the reputation and enlarge the enrollment of the department and its programs.

APPOINTMENT : Professor. Full-time, 12-month appointment, effective July 1, 2013. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Indicate Tenure Status

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

In keeping with the philosophy of shared governance, departmental faculty input shall be considered in chairs’ decisions concerning the areas listed under these duties and responsibilities.

The chair is responsible for:
Departmental Governance:
Conducts departmental meetings and ensures for effective communication.

Establishes departmental committees and uses committees effectively.

Assigns unit coordinators if appropriate.

Develops, implements and evaluates long-range department programs, plans and goals.

Develops, implements and evaluates service offerings the department provides to the university, community and state.

Leads the department through accreditation and evaluation processes.

Serves as an advocate for the department.

Encourages faculty to communicate ideas for improving the department as part of the strategic planning process.

Maintains essential department records.

Effectively communicates the vision, mission and perspective of the institution to faculty, staff , students and other constituents as appropriate.

Effectively communicates the needs and strategic directions of the department to the College Dean, Provost and other constituents as appropriate.

Ensures that accurate and current information about departmental programs is available on the website.

Budget and Resource Management:
Administers the department budget.

Recommends budget allocations.

Ensures effective use of all departmental resources including facilities and equipment.

Encourages faculty to submit proposals for grants and contracts.

Seeks outside funding to support the department and university strategic plans.

Sets priorities for the use of travel funds.

Prepares annual reports seeking input/feedback from faculty and staff as appropriate.

Faculty and Staff:
Recruits and selects faculty members including the selection of a search committee, initiation of search procedures, identification of a pool of well-qualified/diverse applicants, and recommendation of candidates.

Promotes affirmative action.

Responsible for the evaluation of individual faculty and staff as well as ensuring that each faculty develop and pursue a professional development plan and that all components of a personnel evaluation procedure are followed.

Encourages faculty and student involvement in appropriate research, scholarly activities, and creative productions as well as encouraging participation in professional societies and organizations.

Fosters the development of each faculty member’s special talents and interests.

Encourages faculty and student involvement in activities that are of service to the university, region, state, and nation.

Evaluates faculty and staff performance.

Assumes a major role in maintaining academic standards.

Fosters excellent teaching in the department.

Prepares class schedules.

Assigns faculty responsibilities including teaching, research, service considering the needs of the department and the needs of the university (i.e regional campus instruction, general education, Honors, interdisciplinary programs).

Provides leadership that ensures periodic curriculum review and development to assure instructional effectiveness and currency of programs.

Assures that the department follows the plan for the assessment of student learning outcomes and makes effective use of the results.

Monitors progress on institutionally identified data points to support the quality of the instructional programs.

Student Recruitment and Retention:
Oversees departmental student recruiting activities in conjunction with the Office of Enrollment Services.

Assumes a major role in student advising regarding academic or other matters in conjunction with faculty and professional advisors and the Office of Retention.

Assures faculty and staff participation in recruitment and retention efforts identified as part of the university-wide strategic plan.

Represents the College and University in recruiting efforts and attends various academic and social functions both on and off campus.

Advises and counsels students.

Quality of Work Life:
Responsible for assuming a major role in the promotion of a positive work environment to include faculty participation in decision making, respect for academic freedom, and positive interpersonal relationships with and between faculty and staff within the department and the campus community.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:
Demonstrates support for the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunity and associated CPE goals and the actions set forth in the University’s affirmative action and diversity plans.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Responds to directives sent forth from the Dean of the College and other administration offices on campus that require action, confirmation, or information.

Demonstrates an interest in, a respect for, and sensitivity to the similarities and differences among the various academic disciplines.

Improves and maintains the department’s image and reputation.

Coordinates activities with outside groups.

Other duties as assigned

Organizational Relationships

The chair reports directly to the appropriate college dean. This position interacts with faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, and other University constituencies.

Evaluation of Chair. The department chair shall be evaluated yearly by all departmental faculty in conjunction with the College Dean, according to established procedures.

Term of Service for Chair. The appointment as Department Chair is subject to the right and authority of the President and Board of Regents of Morehead State University to reassign or transfer the appointee, and/or change or modify duties, services, functions or title during the period of the contract.

Minimum Requirements

A doctoral degree from an accredited university with a specialty in one of the teaching areas represented within the department.

A distinguished record of scholarship and teaching that merits appointment as a tenured full professor in an area represented within the college.

Administrative experience in an academic unit.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with both internal constituents as well as external partners.

Experience teaching and evaluating a variety of instructional delivery models including face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online.

Demonstrated commitment to educational and cultural needs of diverse populations.

Experience with externally funded projects.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Demonstrated commitment to and success in a shared governance model.

Success with interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach activities.

Success in program evaluation, revision, development, and implementation.

Experience in an accreditation process.

Experience teaching, administering, or providing extensive consultation in the PreK – 12 setting.

Success as a principal investigator or co-investigator on a federally funded project.

Experience working with students including advising, teaching, and mentoring.

Physical Requirements

Working Conditions

Routine office setting and work week with additional work hours required as circumstances necessitate.

Special Information/Instructions to Applicants

INFORMATION : Morehead State University is located in the northern section of the Daniel Boone National Forest between the cities of Lexington and Ashland, 100 miles southeast of Cincinnati and 150 miles east of Louisville. Recognized as one of the top public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, MSU has a long-standing commitment to quality teaching and currently has a student body in excess of 10,000 students. The Department of Communication, Media and Leadership Studies has a storied history and currently enrolls approximately 200 students in BA and MA programs in Communication. The department will launch two new degree programs in 2013: the BA in Strategic Communication and the BA in Convergent Media. For further information, please visit and

APPLICATION : To apply, complete an online application for employment at In addition, attach the following items to the application: 1) a letter of application describing qualifications and experience and that address the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, 2) a current curriculum vitae and the names, position titles, mailing and email addresses, and telephone numbers of five (5) references. Other materials may be requested at a later date. Questions about submitting your online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (606) 783-2097. Review of applications will begin on November 26, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Nominations and inquiries about the position may be directed to: Dr. Thomas S. Williams, Chair, CMLS Chair Search Committee, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351,, 606-783-9448

Morehead State University is an EO/AA educator and employer with a strong commitment to community engagement.

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