Open Rank , Chair of Communication Studies

Northeastern University

Job Posting: Chair, Department of Communication Studies, College of Art, Media, and Design

Rank: Open Rank

About the Opportunity

The Department of Communication Studies at the College of Art, Media, and Design (CAMD) invites highly qualified candidates to apply for an open-rank appointment as Department Chair, to commence on July 1, 2022. Outstanding candidates will be considered for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. We seek candidates who understand and embrace the foundation of Communication Studies and Media Studies as disciplines that encompass the inquiry of communication across a broad range of contexts.

Our department, which includes the Program in Media and Screen Studies, is a vibrant community of scholars, practitioners, and students committed to excellence in research, creative work, and teaching within a broad framework of experiential education, community engagement, and hands-on video production. We offer a broad and flexible curriculum with two distinct majors and more than 20 combined majors. We have over 35 full-time faculty across our two degree areas of Communication Studies and Media and Screen Studies, with an enrollment of over 800 undergraduate students (including combined majors). As our dynamic and flexible curriculum expands, we welcome applicants who can offer a vision for our continued growth that aligns with and contributes to the strengths of the College of Arts, Media and Design and Northeastern University.

The College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) is a collaborative, diverse community, acting as a catalyst for research, inspiration, and discovery across the University. It brings together a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art+Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre, and is home to three interdisciplinary research centers: the Center for the Arts, the Center for Design, and the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change. (See:


The Chair is responsible for managing Department fiscal and administrative operations and providing effective leadership for faculty, staff, and students, with particular emphasis given to aligning the Department's mission with the goals of the College and University, leading program development and implementation, initiating and developing fund-raising alliances, and fostering faculty development. Other responsibilities include:

• Contributing to the ongoing success of our cooperative and experiential education.

• Raising the profile of both our research and non tenure track faculty through mentorship and support for scholarly and professional work, including publications, external funding, and disciplinary awards.

• Developing innovative graduate programming that builds on the excellence of our undergraduate curriculum and connects with graduate initiatives in CAMD and across the many research centers and institutes at Northeastern.

• Expanding our curriculum by building connections across CAMD and with strategic initiatives across the University in health network science, environmental change, algorithmic and social justice, and innovations in media, communicating data, design, and new technologies.

• Innovate our production curriculum and facilities in partnership with the Media Services Organization.

• Collaborate closely with the CAMD Dean, the Dean’s office, and the other departmental chairs.


An earned doctorate in Communication Studies, Media Studies, or closely related fields is required, as well as a documented record of successful leadership at the department, college, and/or institutional level and evidence of strength in forging entrepreneurial partnerships for research, resource, and program development. The successful candidate must also possess a broad working knowledge of the field of Communication Studies and Media Studies and an established record of research.

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

Additional Information

Candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity. Northeastern University welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Rank and salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Applications received by January 31, 2022 will be given priority.

Chair nominations are welcome, and may be sent via mail or e-mail to the search committee. The department invites applications nationally and from abroad. Candidates should send a letter of application that addresses the selection criteria and indicates how her/his background and expertise fit with the needs of the department. A current curriculum vitae and the names, positions, and telephone numbers of five references should accompany the letter. To apply, visit

Dossiers and examples of research/creative or published work may be requested at a later date.

Applicants with questions pertaining to the search should contact Dr. Craig Robertson, Search Committee Chair at

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support and accommodations, please contact Julie Newmeyer,, Personnel Administration Manager for the College of Arts Media and Design.

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