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Director of the School of Communication and Journalism

South Dakota Board of Regents

This is a Full-time position in Brookings, OR posted February 28, 2021.

Director of the School of Communication and Journalism

Working Title Director of the School of Communication and Journalism

Posting Number F00662P

Department SDSU-School of Communication & Journalism

Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings

Posting Text

This position is limited to current South Dakota State University faculty.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at South Dakota State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the School of Communication and Journalism. This is a full-time, 12-month, benefit-eligible, administrative position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. This position is supervised by the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The successful candidate will serve primarily as an administrator but will be able to establish, through consultation with the dean of the college, appropriate workload percentages dedicated to research, scholarship, and/or creative activity and/or teaching. This position is limited to faculty within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The School seeks a dynamic leader who will build upon its existing strengths and position it for further growth and success. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing forward-thinking leadership, including strategic planning and goal setting, active participation in campus and college-based student success initiatives, intentional mentoring of faculty and staff, effective scheduling and budgeting, and thoughtful engagement with donors and other external stakeholders. The Director is supported by a faculty Associate Director and a full-time professional administrative staff member. Student success and advising efforts in the School are supported by a professional staff advisor, who works under the leadership of the college’s Advising and Retention Coordinator and in collaboration with the campus’ First Year Advising Center.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

• Reporting to the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the new Director will work to build community among faculty, staff, and students and to establish a clear agenda for the development of the School that supports program growth, faculty, staff, and student success, and the land-grant mission of SDSU .
• The Director manages School resources and ensures that they are efficiently utilized to achieve student learning outcomes, enhance student success, facilitate faculty research and scholarship, meet the professional needs of faculty and staff, and foster a collegial working environment.
• The Director serves the School by providing leadership, coordination and administration in the ongoing development, implementation and assessment of academic programs, provides support for faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, develops structures to ensure student success and increase enrollment, and sets a clear vision for the growth and success of the School.
• The Director is responsible for general oversight of the faculty, staff, and facilities assigned to the programs housed within the school.

• Serves as primary administrator for the School of Communication and Journalism.
• Exercises oversight of the Yeager Media Center and its staff.
• Collaborates with the dean, associate dean, and other school directors within the college to elevate the overall standing of the college and its schools.
• Provides leadership throughout the School to ensure that programs and degrees align and meet the School’s mission, vision and goals.
• Provides leadership throughout the ACEJMC accreditation cycle.
• Collaborates with the dean, the college’s development director, and foundation personnel to cultivate and steward relationships with alumni, donors, the School’s advisory board, and other external stakeholders in pursuit of the college’s and the university’s fundraising priorities.
• Provides leadership to strengthen existing programs and ensure their success, including strategic management of financial resources, careful oversight of course schedules, course topics, instructor assignments, methods of instruction and locations; attention to the assessment of student learning as well as the evaluation of program effectiveness; and regular review of the curriculum for currency with disciplinary standards and best practices and alignment with established learning outcomes.
• Mentors faculty to achieve success in teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activity, and service/shared governance.
• Completes faculty workload and annual review processes fairly, accurately, and on time.
• Provides leadership to recruit and retain students in the program and works closely with faculty and advisors to develop programs and initiatives to increase student success.

• Earned Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Communication or Communication Studies, Journalism, Mass Communications, Higher Education Administration or Higher Education Leadership, or a closely related field.
• A record of peer-reviewed publication/dissemination demonstrating a sustained and successful commitment to research, scholarship, and/or creative activity that is sufficient to warrant tenure in the School as an associate or full professor.
• Documented experience in academic administration or shared governance, such as in the roles of department head or chair, assistant/associate department head or chair, assistant director of an academic unit, chair of a substantial university-wide committee or shared-governance body, or similar leadership roles.
• Well-developed collaboration, consensus-building, and leadership skills in a multi-disciplinary context.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Effective resource and time management skills.
• Sponsorship is not available for this position.

• Prior experience with ACEJMC or similar accreditation.
• A strong understanding of student success issues in higher education, especially as they impact diverse student populations.
• Evidence of mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, as well as faculty.
• Experience in assessment and curriculum development.
• A record of successful application, management, and execution of external grants.
• The motivation and dedication needed to develop and maintain positive relationships with donors, alumni, and the professional community.
• Support of and willingness to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including online and hybrid instruction.

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, and reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

Posting Date 02/18/2021

Closing Date

Open Until Filled Yes

First Consideration Date 03/22/2021

Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.

Duration of the Term 12 months

Appointment Percent 100

Proposed Rank Associate Professor

Work Hours

typical of Director of School

Typical Hours Worked Per Week

Appointment Type Regular

Scope of Search Internal

If internal, define scope of search Faculty in the School of Communication and Journalism

Department Description and Cultural Expectations

Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science is the intellectual and cultural heart of South Dakota State University. Currently, the college houses the schools of American and Global Studies, Communication and Journalism, Design, Performing Arts, and the Ness School of Management and Economics that together form a unique administrative structure that supports and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration among both faculty and students. The College is committed to supporting the Land Grant Mission of South Dakota State University. Our faculty regularly conduct research that directly benefits the people of South Dakota and of our region, with research projects that engage our communities and support their social, cultural, and economic development.

The School of Communication and Journalism, more popularly known as COJO , prides itself on its ability to provide students, faculty, and staff with a collaborative and collegial setting in which to pursue excellence. Formed in July 2018 through combining previously independent academic units, the School offers undergraduate majors in advertising, journalism, and public relations (all ACEJMC accredited), and communication studies, as well as minors in advertising, communication studies, health communication, journalism, and digital and social media. In addition, the School offers two master’s programs: the on-campus M.A. in communication & media studies and the online ACEJMC -accredited master’s in mass communication (M.M.C.). The School, which has 13 full-time, permanent faculty members, 3 full-time staff members in the Yeager Media Center, and approximately 200 undergraduate majors, has significant opportunity for future growth.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU , Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Search Chair, David Reynolds at 605-688-5188 or
Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Lynn Sargeant at 605-688-4723 or

Working Conditions

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  • Where did you hear about this position?
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    • Website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • Black Doctoral Network
    • APLU
    • Linkedin
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reference List
  • Optional Documents

    The South Dakota Board of Regents is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Board of Regents will take Affirmative Action to ensure that all employment practices are free of discrimination. In addition, the Board of Regents fully supports incorporation of non-discrimination and Affirmative Action rules and regulations into all of its employment practices. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by contacting the appropriate Human Resources office. Please see the Contact Us section of this webpage for more information.

    Notice to all applicants: If you are selected as a finalist, job references and a background check may be conducted.

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