The Academic Director provides overall strategic leadership and day-to-day management of the Communication Management degree program. This role requires a broad understanding of the communication industry. The primary responsibilities include overall program management, with emphasis on curriculum development; faculty selection and development; course scheduling and delivery; assessment; and program budget management, including enrollment goals. The Academic Director ensures that the content of the degree program and its concentrations is current, high quality, and meets the needs of employers and students. The Academic Director also works to ensure that the curriculum in each of the concentrations integrates with the program foundations courses, aligns with program outcomes, and is complementary where appropriate with courses in other concentrations within the program. Finally, the Director develops a deep understanding of the current market trends and strengths of the program and, in cooperation with industry advisors and faculty, creates, plans and implements a vision for where the program should be in the future with respect to industry demands and the changing dynamics of the communication field.
The Academic Director will engage in positive, productive, professional, and interpersonal relationships with academic advisors, instructional support specialists, instructional designers, enrollment and marketing staff, student services staff, senior management, and constituent departments campus-wide as well as with corporate partners and the community to assure quality course delivery, support student advising, address student issues, hire and provide support to faculty, and attract new students to the program. The successful candidate must be willing to be part of and promote an inclusive team and work culture. The Academic Director is also assigned a teaching load per academic year. The role has inherent responsibility to provide advising to students concerning the program and their careers as appropriate. In addition, the Academic Director represents the College at University and community events. The position is a full-time, benefited position and is a non-tenured, appointed faculty position in the teaching series.
- Master's degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Business, or related discipline.
- 5 years of demonstrated professional experience within the field of communications, marketing, public relations, or related discipline.
- Teaching or training experience.