School of Communication Studies at Kent State University Seeks Applications for Director and Two Faculty Positions

Applications Now being Accepted

The School of Communication Studies at Kent State invites applications for a director position.

About the Position - The director provides leadership and administration for the school, supports the mission, promotes a respectful environment for students, faculty and staff and represents the school within the college, the university, the community and the profession. The director is responsible for providing guidance in the development of long-range planning, goals and objectives.  

Qualifications – Applicants must have proven administrative ability, faculty and staff management experience, effective communication skills, experience with budget management and a substantial record of scholarship. Experience in development and alumni relations is highly desirable. Past faculty and staff administrative experiences are preferred and a record of research and academic credentials supporting the full professor rank are required. Successful candidates will also hold doctoral-level graduate faculty status.  A doctoral degree in communication is required.

About the School – The School of Communication Studies is one of four in the College of Communication and Information.  The school has 16 full-time faculty members at the Kent Campus and administrative support including marketing, technology and international program coordinators.  The school also has seven full-time faculty members at Regional Campuses. The School of Communication Studies serves approximately 850 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students.  Academic programs include an undergraduate major with six concentration areas, a social and behavioral science oriented M.A. program, a dual MA/MBA program and a college-wide Ph.D. program.   

About Kent State - Kent State is a comprehensive graduate and undergraduate, residential, Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University. It is located in Kent, Ohio, within 45 minutes of Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown. The university is the third largest in Ohio, with an enrollment of about 41,000 students.  It is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching among the nation’s top 74 public high-research universities and in the coveted first-tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges.  Kent State has been selected as one of this year’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

How to Apply – A letter of interest (including research interests and experience in academic departmental leadership and financial management), vitae, names of at least three references and copies of (or links to) two to three representative published articles or chapters should be submitted online at Documents not uploaded may be sent to: Comm Director Search Committee Chair, College of Communication and Information, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001.  Screening of applicants will begin Oct. 31 and continue until the position is filled.  

Additional Employment Opportunities – Due to program growth, the school is also seeking to hire two tenure-track positions at the rank of assistant professor. Tenure-track faculty members will have the opportunity to be involved and teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Communication Studies in their respective areas. Interested applicants may find additional information at The position number is 989517 for applicants with a strong program of research focusing on global communications. The position number is 996999 for applicants with a strong program of research focusing on health communication.

Kent State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse community. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


POSTED: Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 8:22am
UPDATED: Monday, January 4, 2016 - 9:30am