Associate Dean - School of Communications - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518-1908

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The School of Communications emphasizes a commitment to academic excellence, diversity, inclusiveness and shared governance and embraces the teacher/scholar model of higher education. The School has approximately 1,000 undergraduate students in 4 major areas: journalism, public relations, media studies, and film, video and interactive media. The School offers graduate programs in journalism, public relations and interactive communications. The Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center at Quinnipiac University is a state-of-the-art instructional facility that includes a fully digital television studio and post-production facility.

Quinnipiac University is a thriving private university with 6,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students, located in Hamden, Connecticut, approximately 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report and recently name one of the Great Colleges to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate and professional programs, including those leading to degrees in both law and medicine. At the core of Quinnipiac is its commitment to teaching and collaboration. Quinnipiac fosters partnerships among students and with faculty; it is a spirited, welcoming campus.



Working in collaboration with the Dean, the Associate Dean serves as the primary liaison for faculty and students in the day-to-day operation of the School of Communications.  This job is critical to ensuring that student learning, instruction, program, and curriculum development is relevant, up-to-date, and ensures the best possible outcomes for all constituents.

Specific duties:

  • Working with faculty on curriculum initiatives, development and implementation
  • Monitor the progress of program reviews to keep them on track and on time to completion
  • Coordinate school and department implementation of the Learning Paradigm – student focused, outcomes-based learning.
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of the SoC including but not limited to:
    • Fielding routine questions from faculty, parents and students
    • Conducting exit interviews with students leaving the university
    • Faculty office assignments
    • Coordination of faculty committee assignments
    • Point person on course scheduling / coordination with chair
    • Provide assistance needed by chairs and/or program directors
    • Respond to faculty requests for information and support
    • Supervision of assistant deans for student services and career development
  • Exploration of international studies opportunities for School of Communications students
  • Attend Associate Deans Council to ensure School compliance with University policies
  • Work with other Schools to coordinate interdisciplinary undertakings
  • Conduct orientation for part-time faculty
  • The Associate Dean is expected to teach one or more courses in one of the SoC’s programs.

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants

Successful candidates must have:

  • a Masters degree in a relevant communications discipline; a Ph.D is preferred
  • full-time university level teaching experience
  • previous administrative experience as a department chair or assistant dean

Critical to the position is the ability to build coalitions among faculty, and be an honest broker between faculty and administration.  Must have an interest in establishing collaborative efforts between departments within the school, and across other schools within the University. 

The position requires support for the school and University efforts to increase diversity.  

Successful candidates must have a high comfort level with speaking in public, and a good sense of humor.


Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a resume and  a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position, and explaining how your background and experience qualify you for this position.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and  practices of diversity throughout the university community and we welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity.

Job Code 2013 - 1312

Keyword Phrases

  • School of Communications - Administration
  • Associate Dean - School of Communications
  • Diversity
  • New Programs
  • spirit of community
  • Academic Administration
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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