Senior Rank Faculty and Department Chair in Journalism and Communication

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Department(s): 
Journalism and Communication
Job Description: 
The Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University invites applications for
Chair of the Department. The appointment begins August 15, 2023.
 
We seek candidates with relevant academic and administrative leadership experience whose
record qualifies for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor (applicants at the rank
of advanced associate professor at their current institution will be considered). The department
invites applications from scholars in all areas of journalism and communication. The candidate
should also have relevant professional experience in journalism or communication.
 
Qualifications include a doctorate in journalism, mass communication, or related field, and an
established record of excellence in scholarly achievement, teaching, and administrative
leadership. We particularly encourage applications from women and underrepresented
minorities.
 
The department chair will provide academic and administrative leadership to faculty and staff,
teach one course per semester, conduct research, oversee and engage in departmental
operations, including budgetary management, and serve as a member of the College of Arts and
Sciences’ leadership team. The chair will be expected to support a strong, collegial, productive
department committed to inclusivity, diversity, and work-life balance, and to build upon the
department's nationally recognized strengths in research and undergraduate education.
 
The department has offered a small undergraduate program of superior quality since 1927 and
offers a number of joint courses with interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts and
Sciences. Alumni are in the top ranks of American journalism. The department is well-supported
and has a number of endowments in support of faculty, students, and facilities.
 
With major and minor programs in journalism, science and environmental writing, and mass
communication, the department has nine faculty and staff and enrolls about 125 majors and
minors. More information can be found at: http://www.lehigh.edu/journalism. The department
also oversees the campus newspaper, The Brown and White, published twice weekly since 1894
and a consistent winner of regional, state, and national awards.
 
Founded in 1865, Lehigh University is a research university and ranks in the top 50 among
national universities in the U.S. News & World Report ratings and is in the most competitive
category in both Peterson’s Guide and Barron’s Profile of American Colleges. Lehigh offers a
welcoming but rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. The university has
some 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty
members.
 
Lehigh is located on a scenic, 1,600-acre campus in historic Bethlehem in a region of eastern
Pennsylvania known as the Lehigh Valley. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which
is about 90 minutes from New York City and Philadelphia. The Lehigh Valley is an attractive
place to live and work with reasonable cost of living, easy commuting, good schools, and
abundant cultural activities.
 
To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for
three references to Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22079. At a
later stage of the search, candidates will be asked to submit letters of recommendation, samples
of scholarship, evidence of teaching excellence, a research statement, and a statement of
contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Review of applications will begin October 31,
2022, and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be addressed to Professor Kathy
Olson, Chair, Search Committee, at kko2@lehigh.edu.
 
Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate
on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital
or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran
status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh
University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is
especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or
service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional
Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and
engineering (http://www.lehigh.edu/luadvance/) and is among institutions of higher education
recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award.
Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available at
https://diversityandinclusion.lehigh.edu/. Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and
comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life
Balance for Faculty can be found at https://provost.lehigh.edu/work-life-balance. Lehigh
University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty
Review of Applications: 
To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for three references to Academic Jobs Online. At a later stage of the search, candidates will be asked to submit letters of recommendation, samples of scholarship, evidence of teaching excellence, a research statement, and a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Review of applications will begin October 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be addressed to Professor Kathy Olson, Chair, Search Committee, at kko2@lehigh.edu.

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and are especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission.

Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering  http://www.lehigh.edu/luadvance/ and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available at https://diversityandinclusion.lehigh.edu/.

Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at https://provost.lehigh.edu/work-life-balance

Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty https://dualcareer.lehigh.edu/dual-career.