The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communication is seeking an Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs to join our award-winning program starting in August 2022. Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication is a leader and champion in the areas of faculty development and support. The Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs works to promote and reward research and creative activity across the college and also provides leadership and oversight over faculty affairs.
1. Development and Support of Research
· Develop and implement initiatives and processes that promote and reward research and creative activity productivity among faculty in the college.
· Enhance mentoring of new faculty in conducting research, publishing, seeking extramural funding and preparing grant applications.
· Facilitate research collaboration and networking within the college and with faculty in other colleges.
· Serve as chair of the college research and awards committee.
· Serve as the college representative to the Office of Research and Economic Development’s Associate Deans for Research Committee.
2. Development and Support of Faculty
· Serve as chair of the college Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
· Serve as the college representative to the Faculty Affairs College Liaisons group.
· In coordination with the dean, oversee searches for new faculty including search procedures, letters of offer and retention offers.
· Serve as the primary point of contact on faculty personnel matters and, in collaboration with the college faculty, develop policies and procedures to address faculty concerns.
· Work with faculty and staff to organize and oversee the implementation of development programs for faculty that seek to improve the quality of research, teaching and service in the college.
· Develop mechanisms to recognize teaching, research and service accomplishments of the faculty and identify faculty for honors and awards, as well as training and leadership opportunities.
· In coordination with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, determine all faculty teaching assignments.
3. Promotion and Evaluation*
· In coordination with the dean, annually evaluate tenure-track and non-tenure-track college faculty.
· Provide support and guidance to faculty in the development of annual review, mid-term review and promotion materials.
· Serve as the administration’s liaison with the promotion and tenure committee, ensuring the consistent application of procedures across faculty.
· Serve on appropriate university committees.
*If an associate professor is hired into this position, these duties will be adjusted as appropriate.
4. Policies and Procedures
· In collaboration with the college faculty, develop, maintain and update the college bylaws, committee structure and voting procedures.
· In collaboration with the college faculty, develop, maintain and update college policies and procedures, including policies and procedures related to faculty apportionment, research expectations, course-size to course-load apportionment, promotion and tenure, and professorship application and renewal.
· Ensure the college bylaws, policies and procedures align with university bylaws, policies and procedures.
5. Other duties as assigned by the dean.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications is accredited by the ACEJMC and offers majors in advertising and public relations, broadcasting, journalism and sports media and communication. We create a student-centered environment providing hands-on experiences to enhance learning outcomes. Students are successful in national competitions, collaborate on research and complete internships with recognized agencies and companies in leading markets.
Employment begins in August 2022. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until position is filled or search is closed. To be considered for the position, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210090. Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach a letter of application; a detailed curriculum vita that includes information on education, experience and qualification; and a list of three references with complete contact information.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent with at least 5 years full-time experience in journalism and mass communications education; a successful record of teaching, scholarship and extramural funding; experience evaluating teaching and research activities and academic credentials that qualify for the rank of Associate Professor or higher with tenure.
Preferred qualifications include experience as a department chair or equivalent administrative experience and broad experience and knowledge of journalism and mass communications education; demonstrated interest in developing faculty as evidenced by mentoring or leadership and familiarity with programs to develop diversity and inclusive excellence.
Our mission is to graduate highly competent professionals who have acquired communication and critical thinking skills appropriate to journalism and to advertising and public relations. We hold true to the core principles of journalism and mass communication education and as leaders of the digital communications environment. Our mission is grounded in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which gives us a unique responsibility to serve the needs of a diverse society. Through excellence in teaching and research, we educate ethical, socially responsible, well-rounded and fair-minded graduates who will carry those traits into the real world.