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Michigan State University
East Lansing
Posted: 07/21/2023
Dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Michigan State University seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci). This is an extraordinary opportunity to join one of the world’s largest and most respected communication colleges with roots extending back more than 150 years. A community of dedicated, talented individuals at the leading edge of education, research, technology, and design in modern communication arts and sciences, MSU’s ComArtSci is a world-class pioneer in the study and application of communication for the common good.

ComArtSci is known for its vibrant intellectual culture and reputation for excellence in research and creative works, a rich tradition of innovative teaching and learning, and depth and breadth of service to industry. ComArtSci is one of seventeen degree granting colleges at Michigan State University and is home to 3,500 students across five academic units – Advertising and Public Relations, Communication, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Media and Information, and the School of Journalism. ComArtSci also houses WKAR Public Media, one of the nation’s most distinguished public media stations. ComArtSci offers a diverse range of degrees and programs including 10 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs. Its Communication programs are ranked #3 in the world by ShanghaiRanking, and the College ranks as one of the top 10 in the world in communication and media studies according to QS World University Rankings. More information about the college can be found at https://comartsci.msu.edu/.

The Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences is the executive administrator of the College and reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Faculty Affairs. The Dean provides executive leadership and works directly with the four department chairs, the director of the School of Journalism, and the general manager of WKAR to administer the educational, research, and service missions of the College.

In 2021 the College launched its ambitious https://comartsci.msu.edu/about/history-mission-vision/empowering-individuals-enriching-communities to build on the many existing strengths of the College: a deep commitment to Michigan State University’s land-grant ideal of empowerment through education and outreach; ComArtSci’s vibrant intellectual culture and reputation for excellence in research & creative works; and MSU’s rich tradition of innovative teaching and learning. The new Dean will join an extraordinary group of colleagues and a global network of constituents as they continue to pursue the College’s and University’s strategic imperatives.

ComArtSci welcomes candidates who can demonstrate vision for the future of the field of communication arts and sciences, a highly collaborative and transparent leadership style, experience leading and retaining talented faculty and staff within a research-intensive environment, the capacity to lead the college’s fundraising efforts, evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a profound respect for faculty governance and excellence in teaching, research, and student success. A terminal degree relevant to a discipline or field within the communication arts and sciences, a record of scholarship and/or professional achievement worthy of designation as a Full Professor at Michigan State, and significant administrative experience within a research-intensive university or similarly complex environment are required.

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is one of the world’s most prestigious public universities, a land grant university and member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1964, known for its ability to infuse research into its teaching and to apply knowledge through its extensive engagement with communities. MSU enrolls over 50,000 students from diverse backgrounds (23% Black, Indigenous and people of color) and employs more than 6,000 faculty and staff members. The University has over 500,000 living alumni worldwide, of which 58,000 are graduates of a ComArtSci degree program.

A complete leadership profile may be found at https://apptrkr.com/4412110. WittKieffer consultants Lucy Leske, Melissa Fincher and Sarah Seavey are assisting Michigan State University in this search. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 12, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s https://candidateportal.wittkieffer.com/login.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to MichStateDeanComm@wittkieffer.com.

Michigan State University is committed to cultivating a safe and inclusive campus community characterized by caring and respect for others. Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.