The Director is the administrative officer and official spokesperson and, as such, provides leadership, planning, execution, and evaluation of programs within the School. The Director is advised by the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Professional Advisory Board, the general faculty, sequence coordinators, and the various standing and ad hoc faculty and student committees.
The appointment of the Director is detailed in the University Policy Register, 6-05 (B). The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Communication and Information.
Generally, the Director:
1. Enforces University and College regulations, implements policies established in the School Handbook, and adheres to the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreements.
2. Develops and carries out administrative and educational policies of the School after thorough and appropriate consultation with the proper committee, faculty or individual.
3. Recommends new and continuing faculty appointments to the Dean, writes specific letters of offer detailing faculty expectations and recommends the promotion of or the granting of tenure to tenure-track faculty members of the School who have met eligibility and qualification criteria.
4. Recommends, with documentation and in accordance with University-mandated procedures, the dismissal of faculty who have not met eligibility and qualification criteria.
5. Appoints and directs the non-academic staff of the School.
6. Recommends leaves of absence.
7. Calls and presides at all faculty meetings, prepares and distributes agenda for those meetings and distributes minutes of prior meetings.
8. Informs faculty of appropriate information from the offices of the College and/or University.
9. Assigns faculty members to appropriate non-classroom duties, such as graduation marshal or admissions presentation, after consultation with those faculty members.
10. Carries out appropriate liaison with mass communication professionals and alumni to promote the School.
11. Belongs to appropriate professional and scholarly societies.
12. Attends local, regional, and national meetings of appropriate societies, as time and resources permit.
13. Takes the appropriate steps for professional growth through research, publication, and presentation or participation at workshops and seminars, conferences, and conventions.
14. Ascertains faculty committee assignment preferences and makes committee assignments in the interests of the School faculty.
15. Seeks extramural funding through alumni and the University Foundation.
16. Supervises the spending of the School’s university budget allocation and various foundation accounts.
17. Recommends recipients and amounts of Merit Awards.