Elon University seeks an exceptional, visionary leader to serve as dean of the School of Communications, beginning summer 2018. The dean will lead talented faculty and staff in continuing to expand the school’s national reputation for experiential learning and academic excellence. This dynamic and highly collaborative leader will be passionate about student success, support the collegial and inclusive culture of the Elon community and work closely with colleagues across the university in support of the entire institution.
Elon University School of Communications
Elon’s nationally accredited School of Communications is home to more than 1,250 students, representing about 20 percent of the university’s student body. Sixty-six full-time faculty and 11 full-time staff support undergraduate majors in journalism, strategic communications, cinema & television arts, communication design, media analytics and sport management. In addition, the school includes a full-time master of arts program in interactive media, and partners with Elon’s Martha and Spencer Love School of Business to provide a concentration in corporate communications as part of the master of science in management program.
The school encompasses four buildings on Elon’s historic and beautiful campus. In spring 2017, the new Dwight C. Schar Hall and Steers Pavilion joined the fully renovated McEwen and Long buildings to form a communications commons. The facilities include 21 classrooms and labs, two HD television studios, 25 video editing suites, the 220-seat Turner Theatre and a 70-seat screening room for cinema, the student internship and career center, and dedicated offices and studios for student media.
The school supports a wide range of opportunities for students to put their learning into practice. Highly active student organizations include Elon News Network, Live Oak Communications agency, WSOE-FM Radio, elondocs documentary organization, Maroon Sports live event production and others.
The dean will be a strong, experienced and personable leader who embraces and advances the university’s unique teacher-scholar-mentor model and its highly engaged, student- and learning-centered environment. The dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Communications, reporting directly to the university’s provost/executive vice president.
The dean will bring a spirit of innovation and creativity to the position, with the ability to quickly evolve and adapt in the rapidly changing communications environment of the information age. A successful candidate should have a record of accomplished leadership and be able to promote a rigorous academic environment, lead and support a faculty of highly engaged teacher-scholar-mentors, collaborate with other leaders across campus and in the broader community to continue to enhance the reputation and quality of the school, serve as a highly visible spokesperson and champion for the school, effectively recruit prospective students to Elon and work directly with parents, and have the ability to partner with Elon’s advancement staff to form strong relationships with benefactors and effectively fundraise for the school. A successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability to support and promote an environment in which diversity, in all its forms, is valued and incorporated in the full range of activities. A terminal degree and a record of scholarship and teaching sufficient to qualify for tenure with the rank of full professor is strongly preferred. However, a long and distinguished record of professional experience in communications paired with the demonstrated ability to support faculty, staff and student advancement in a university context may be considered as an alternative to these academic credentials.
Located in central North Carolina between the state’s Research Triangle and Triad regions, Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-, and learning-centered environment for engaged, experiential learning, with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon students are ambitious, creative and determined problem-solvers who are passionate about making the world a better place.
The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and schools of business, communications, education, health sciences and law. The 440 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Elon's 6,045 undergraduate and 746 graduate students come from 49 states and 58 other countries. About 25 percent are from North Carolina, with strong enrollment numbers from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and other states across the country.
Elon's four-year graduation rate of 81 percent ranks in the top 100 U.S. private and public universities. Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level university in the nation and the core curriculum includes a strong global focus. Seventy-nine percent of Elon graduates have at least one international study experience and Elon is among the nation’s top universities for producing Fulbright Student Scholars.
In the 2018 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S. News & World Report lists Elon as the only university in the nation recognized for excellence in eight of eight programs that “Focus on Student Success.” U.S. News also ranks Elon #1 among Southern master's-level universities, with #1 rankings for undergraduate teaching and innovation. Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation's “382 Best Colleges." The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranks Elon #33 in the nation and #1 in North Carolina in student engagement, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine names Elon one of the nation's "best value" private universities.
Elon's historic 636-acre campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden and includes the 56-acre Elon University Forest land preserve and Loy Farm, a center for environmental research and sustainability.
Review of candidates will begin on January 22, 2018, and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest that addresses the position’s responsibilities and qualifications outlined above to the email address listed below. All correspondences relating to the position should be sent to email@example.com and addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Drs. Ann Bullock and David Copeland.
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered liberal arts university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon's 6,700 students prepare to become the ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe. Elon is known for academic excellence across t...he curriculum, and for experiential learning programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership, interfaith dialogue, civic engagement and community service. Elon is ranked the nation's #1 master's-level university for study abroad and is a top-producer of Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more than any other university in the nation for academic programs that "Focus on Student Success." More than 425 full-time faculty members teach in six academic units: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law. Elon's four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. private universities. The student-faculty ratio is 12-1, and the average class size is 20. The university's 636-acre residential campus in the Town of Elon, N.C., is consistently recognized as one of the nation's finest environments for learning. The Elon Phoenix NCAA Division I athletic program is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.