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Director of the School of Communication
Virginia Tech

Date Posted Aug. 25, 2021
Title Director of the School of Communication
University Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, United States
Department School of Communication
Application Deadline Nov. 1, 2021
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2022
  • Director/Manager
  • Communications/Journalism (all)
Director, School of Communication

The Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences seeks a Director of the School of Communication. This full-time, 12-month appointment is to begin July 1, 2022.

The Director should be an established senior scholar with successful records of teaching, research, service, administrative and financial leadership, and demonstrated potential for collaborative leadership and shared faculty governance. Candidates should be able to implement the School’s strategic plan and promote new strategic research, teaching, and community-based initiatives. The successful candidate must have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and will champion the University’s mission of student success.

The School of Communication is home to undergraduate major programs in communication, mass communication, public relations, advertising, and sports media and analytics as well as Master of Arts majors in communication and reputation management. The School has more than 40 full-time and adjunct faculty members, 900 undergraduate majors, and more than 20 graduate students. It also serves thousands of other students through its public speaking courses, minors, the Comm Lab, and related programs. Facilities include a state-of-the-art digital broadcast studio.

The Director works with faculty, staff, and Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences to realize the School’s vision and mission and continue to build a School of national and international distinction. The Director supports ongoing development of the School through external fundraising, alumni support, and marketing.

Duties or Responsibilities:
•     Facilitate the growth of faculty research and creative work and assist faculty members in securing external funding from public agencies and private foundations.
•     Promote student recruitment and retention in conjunction with College and University admissions.
•     Foster and sustain an academic environment that prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and collaboration among School faculty members, staff members, and students.
•     Take primary responsibility for the quality of teaching, scholarship, and service within the School. Among other things, the Director will complete formal annual performance evaluations for all full-time School of Communication faculty and staff members in guiding faculty members through steps of tenure and rank promotion and execute corresponding personnel policies.
•     Maintain a realistic program of research or creative activity representing a division area that is disseminated through publications, conference presentations, or similar activities.
•     Be qualified to teach in a field of study within one of the School’s three curricular divisions: communication studies, journalism and mass communication, and public relations and advertising.
•     Develop partnerships with professional communication and media organizations to promote internships, experiential learning, and student networking opportunities.
•     Maintain and further develop a network of alumni initiatives to bolster the School’s visibility, image, and high academic standards.
•     Manage School branding to augment internal, College, and University efforts to enhance image and visibility.
•     Support transdisciplinary research and teaching within the College and across the University.
•     Supervise the allocation, administration, and monitoring of School funds.
•     Monitor renovation and construction of facilities and acquisition of equipment to support teaching, learning, research and creative work.
•     Recruit new faculty members who can meet the School’s instructional and research missions.
•     Supervise the School seven-person administrative staff.
•     Direct elections of faculty members to academic committees and leadership positions within the School and make appointments as appropriate.

Required qualifications
•     Doctoral or other terminal degree in communication.
•     Established record of teaching and research publication in a discipline related to the School’s curriculum.
•     At least five years of previous academic administrative experience.
•     Outstanding reputation and academic achievements commensurate with appointment as a full professor with tenure.

Preferred qualifications
•     Experience with curriculum accreditation and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).
•     Experience as the leader of an academic department or school.
•     A track record in fundraising.
•     Demonstrated experience in grant writing, implementation, and reporting.
•     At least three years of experience as a communications professional.
•     A track record of working with students.

Additional Information
A qualified candidate should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the requirements outlined above, a vision for the School of Communication, and relevant leadership experience. The candidate should also provide the names and contact information for five references. References will not be contacted without notification to the candidate.
Applications must be submitted electronically at (Job number 516904). Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Wat Hopkins, School of Communication, Shanks Hall (0311), Blacksburg, VA 24061, 540-231-9833, The deadline for application is Nov. 1, 2021.

  • About Virginia Tech
    Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto "Ut Prosim" (that I may serve), the university is dedicated to serving the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice our Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. We actively seek a broad spectrum of candidates.

    Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university does not discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.
    If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Demetria Harris at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Wat Hopkins
    School of Communication
    Virginia Tech
    181 Turner Street 130 Shanks Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • 5402319833


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