The University of Miami invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of its School of Communication. The University of Miami has a current enrollment of approximately 17,000 students (10,800 undergraduates and 6,200 graduate and professional students). The Dean is the chief academic officer of the School and reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.


The University

The University of Miami (UM) is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At UM, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work.

The University of Miami is the largest private research university in the Southeastern United States. It is located on a beautiful campus in suburban Coral Gables, part of the vibrant intellectual and cultural community of the Miami metropolitan area. The University comprises eleven degree-granting schools and colleges, which are Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Miami Business, Communication, Education, Engineering, Law, the Miller School of Medicine, the Patricia and Philip Frost School of Music, Nursing and Health Studies, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The core of the University is its 2,660 full-time faculty housed in three academic campuses within the greater Miami area. The University receives over $360 million annually in external research funding and has been classified as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity (R1) by the Carnegie Commission.

The School

The School of Communication is housed in two connected state-of-the-art buildings located on the University's 230-acre Coral Gables campus. The School is composed of four departments; Communication Studies, Journalism and Media Management, Strategic Communication, and Cinema and Interactive Media. It has 75 full-time faculty members and an enrollment of about 1,000 undergraduate and 180 graduate students in nine undergraduate majors (Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Communication Studies, Electronic Media, Interactive Media, Journalism, Media Management, Motion Pictures, Public Relations). The School offers M.A., M.S., M.F.A., and Ph.D degrees. The School also houses the Center for Communication, Culture, and Change that facilitates and sponsors interdisciplinary, collaborative research and creative projects for social change.

The Position

The University is seeking a person with a national/international reputation, high energy, enthusiasm, and vision to lead the faculty. The School consists of an interdisciplinary group of scholars, creative faculty and practitioners. The candidate must be comfortable with this balance and be willing to work within this culture to encourage scholarship, creative work, and the development of innovative educational programs.

The successful candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal, managerial and leadership skills, and be able to foster an internal culture of excellence. The Dean must have the willingness and commitment to raise funds in a diverse, multicultural, international and competitive environment.


Candidates must demonstrate sufficient academic or professional accomplishments to warrant appointment as a full professor in one of the School’s departments. Most important, the candidate must have the vision to lead the School into the future and advance an entrepreneurial mission that prepares forward-thinking, analytical, and responsible communication professionals for success in a global society. Successful candidates will be dedicated to working harmoniously with the faculty and the University Administration and committed to the importance of excellence in teaching, creativity, and scholarship. He/she must represent the interests of the School within the University, and in the community, nationally and internationally.

Applications and Nominations

Review of candidates will begin on January 25, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically and in confidence to

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.