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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 536081
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Communication Arts Sciences
Department: Communication 10010162
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Academic Management, Tenure System Faculty, Education/Training, PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising

Working/Functional Title

Professor- Tenure

Position Summary

The Department of Communication in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications for the position of Chairperson.  The MSU Department of Communication is one of the discipline’s storied programs with six decades of students and faculty making foundational contributions to theory and methods in communication.

We are looking for a visionary leader and social scientist with an understanding of the rich heritage of the past but with an eye on the future.  Recently, the department has made hires and invested in labs in virtual reality, computational communication and neurocognitive communication.  Candidates for Chairperson should have a broad vision of communication science that encompasses these new and emerging areas with the traditional strengths of the department in social influence and interpersonal, organizational, mediated, political, and health communication. Candidates should have a record of scholarship and reputation to justify appointment at the rank of tenured Full Professor. 

Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university, the college, and the department actively encourage applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 

Michigan State University was the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862 and was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to teach scientific agriculture.  The university has more than 49,000 students in 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study, including more than 275 study abroad programs.  The university is now debuting the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $730 million facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos.  The College of Communication Arts and Sciences began in 1955 and was the first of its kind in the world.  The college is home to the Department of Advertising, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the School of Journalism, the Department of Media and Information, the Department of Communication, and WKAR Public Radio and Television. 

Required Degree

Doctorate -Communication or a related field

Minimum Requirements

  • Qualified applicants will have a record of scholarship and reputation to justify appointment at the rank of tenured Full Professor. 
  • Qualified applicants should have administrative experience, a social scientific focus, a background in quantitative research methods, and experience in teaching. 
  • Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field.  

Desired Qualifications

A strong history of securing and providing leadership in the acquisition of extramural funding will be looked upon favorably. 

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit electronically (1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, (2) a vita, and (3) the names and contact information of three references. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please refer to Posting # 536081 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website Please direct inquiries to one of the co-chairs of the search committee, Vernon Miller ( or Sandi Smith (  The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants November 1, 2018.

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Department Statement

The Department of Communication has played a large role in helping to establish the international academic field of communication.  Nearly a third of all ICA Fellows are connected to this program as graduates or faculty.  Since 1960, the department has awarded 375 doctorates in communication, resulting in a large and vibrant international network of Michigan State graduates and former faculty who now lead communication programs of their own and send many of their best students to Michigan State for advanced training.  The department is noted for its long-running excellence in communication theory, research design, quantitative methods training, and an apprentice-like experience for advanced students in research teams.  The faculty regularly have research grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Science Foundation, and other sponsors.  Many department graduate teaching assistants and faculty have won excellence in teaching and mentoring awards over the years.  Faculty have also been acknowledged for excellence in scholarship as University Distinguished Professors, Distinguished Professors, and Beal Professors.  The department has 11 endowments for the support of graduate and undergraduate students.  

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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