FT Administrative Faculty: Department Head-Mass Communication

Shaw University Raleigh , NC 27611

Posted 2 months ago

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.

  • Promote, coordinate and support cross-departmental activities, such as research efforts, funding

possibilities, joint symposia, speaker series, and other academic activities.

  • Relate to people in a manner as to win confidence, support, and understanding in the purposes, programs,

and fundraising goals of the University.

  • Inspire leadership and assure continued prominence of the faculty by prioritizing recruitment, continued

development and retention of faculty which will promote and enhance a strong research agenda and inspire

excellence in teaching and learning best practices

  • Bring faculty within the department together to discuss and explore common efforts to incorporate new

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.

  • Works effectively with departmental faculty in the development of their Professional Development Plan

(PDP) to set teaching, research and service goals for the upcoming academic year, and to address areas

needing improvement from prior evaluation form.

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, set priorities and meet deadlines.


  • 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

  • Industry Experience

Other Competencies:

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.

Physical Demands:

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.

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FT Administrative Faculty: Department Head-Mass Communication

Shaw University