Reporting to the Dean for the School of Arts Sciences and Humanities, the Academic Department Head serves as
the administrator for the respective academic programs. Programs within the Department of Mass Communications
and Digital Technology include Mass Communications and the Center for Digital Technology. The Department
Head will need to have the capacity to oversee the development of a program in documentary filmmaking at the
undergraduate level. The appointment of the Department Head is at the discretion of the Dean in consultation with
the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Department Head is responsible for management and administration
of academic programs, curriculum, student engagement, advising and registration needs. The Department Head,
at the direction of the Dean, will guide curricular revision and programmatic assessment to foster and encourage
strong scholarship from students and faculty. The Department Head is accountable for ensuring internal client
satisfaction through effective personal management of associates and interpersonal relationships with University
faculty, staff and students.
Essential Job Functions:
Implement and maintain high quality academic programs
Advises the Dean on matters of academic policy and personnel
Serve as an advocate for faculty and students within the Department
Foster communication between the School and the departmental faculty
Participates in research and publication to enhance possible outside funding opportunities
Encourages faculty and students to participate in research and publication within their discipline
Engage corporate and external stakeholders in academic program evaluation to enhance student
preparedness for job placement.
possibilities, joint symposia, speaker series, and other academic activities.
and fundraising goals of the University.
development and retention of faculty which will promote and enhance a strong research agenda and inspire
excellence in teaching and learning best practices
pedagogy, improve facilities to include technology, expand learning and research opportunities, etc.
Increase student retention.
Effectively apply knowledge and understanding of the assigned academic programs and activities, as they
relate to the development of effective strategic objectives, to create and manage appropriate outcomesbased assessment.
(PDP) to set teaching, research and service goals for the upcoming academic year, and to address areas
needing improvement from prior evaluation form.
Education and/or Experience:
Terminal Degree in respective departmental discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Five years of college-level teaching required
Relates well with others and promotes a positive demeanor
Good leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and oversee multiple projects simultaneously
Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with faculty and staff at all levels in the University
as both a facilitator and a leader
Three years of supervisory or management experience in administrative role
Understanding and strong commitment to cultural diversity
Strong research skills including design, implementation and reporting.
Strong written and oral communication skills
Strong time-management, leadership, project management, decision-making, and organizational skills
Must have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the organization. Vision,
commitment, and experience in achieving goals and pursuing excellence is critical. Strong oral and written
presentation skills. Ability to work well independently and as a member of a team. Excellence in organization,
decision-making, problem-solving, and creating a collaborative environment. Ability to manage multiple projects
simultaneously. Must be able to read, write and speak fluently in English.
Ability to sit or stand for up to 8 hours/day. Some lifting (up to 25 pounds occasionally), bending, and carrying.
Specific vision abilities include the ability to use close vision. The employee is regularly required to talk and hear,
and to use hands and fingers to handle or feel.