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Ball State University invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the College of Communication, Information, and Media. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College. The successful candidate will plan, direct, and coordinate the operational, personnel, budgetary, fundraising, and student activities of the college; provide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of curricula, academic programs, outside resource development, and all related activities; foster interdisciplinarity and promote open communication within and beyond the college; facilitate departments in achieving their goals within a unifying college vision; effectively represent the college and maintain a relationship with external constituents, including benefactors and alumni.

Traditionally progressive, the College of Communication, Information, and Media mindfully fosters a collegial, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and student-centered culture that values innovative teaching, community engagement, excellent scholarship, and creative endeavors. The College has 80 full-time faculty and currently enrolls approximately 3000 students in nationally-recognized baccalaureate and master’s degree programs through the academic Departments of Communication Studies, Journalism, Telecommunications, and the Center for Information and Communication Sciences.

The College is housed together in state-of- the-art facilities that include the local NPR and PBS stations, generously outfitted spaces for approximately 45 student organizations, and faculty and student access to cutting-edge resources. Even more impressive than our facilities are the activities that take place within those spaces. Our administration and faculty maintain relationships with alumni, community organizations, and industry professionals to expand resources and increase opportunities for collaboration and innovation. Faculty and students in each of the College’s four academic units earn international, national, regional, and state awards and recognition every year (for example, 66 Emmys since 1999, Gold Crowns, Pacemakers, national speech and debate championships).

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. At more than 22,500 students, enrollment for the 2017-18 academic year is Ball State’s largest ever. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic collages offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Experience / Skills


Minimum qualifications: Terminal degree in relevant field from an accredited college or university. At least five years of academic experience in Communication, Information, or Media; experience delivering undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum; advanced academic administrative experience; experience in fiscal management. Overall credentials that will merit a faculty appointment at a senior rank with tenure within one of the units of the College; a commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service within the disciplines of the College; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, and advanced interpersonal skills.

Candidates must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred qualifications: Ph.D from an accredited college or university. Senior-level administrative experience to provide leadership both inside the College and within the professional communities served by the College; demonstrated success generating external funding; experience in fiscal and facilities management and in fund raising; experience delivering both undergraduate and graduate curriculum. An understanding of university systems, including academic policies and procedures; an understanding of shared governance .

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Include the following documents with your application: Cover letter addressed to Dr. Kecia Thompson and curriculum vitae with the names and contact information of five references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through January 22, 2018. Interviewees will be required to submit copies of transcripts for highest related degree earned prior to an in-person interview. Original, official transcripts will be required at time of hire.