Dean, School of Communication

Dean, School of Communication

Loyola University Chicago seeks an experienced and accomplished leader to serve as the next Dean of the School of Communication. The School of Communication is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and as the School moves into its second decade, it continues to grow and deepen its commitment to integrity at a time when the ethical standards of the field of communication are being challenged. The School has a citywide presence and aims to leverage that for the betterment of its students. During these challenging times for the media sector, the School of Communication is dedicated to teaching ethics and promoting transformative justice to address the complex societal issues of our time. The study of communication is one of the primary means for promoting the traditional goals of liberal education: understanding political rhetoric and social justice, participating in media advocacy, and developing an ethical sensitivity necessary to the times. Students at Loyola's School of Communication learn not just how to produce a message, but how to think critically and communicate ethically.

Located in one of the world's top communication centers and the third largest media market in the country, Loyola University Chicago utilizes the great and diverse city of Chicago as its learning laboratory. Loyola University Chicago provides an ideal setting for integrating study with practical application in the expanding fields of advertising, public advocacy, cultural communication, digital media studies, film production, multimedia journalism, public relations, and other areas of communication.

Loyola's School of Communication offers state-of-the-art, on-site production facilities, labs, and equipment, as well as proximity to Chicago's vast production community. Loyola is home to WLUW, a 24-hour full-powered FM radio station, its own TV Production Studio, The Phoenix, an award-winning student newspaper, Inigo Communications, Chicago’s first and only student-run PR organization, Rambler Productions, a student-staffed video production company, and an extensive internship program, among other amenities. In the ten years since its inception, the School of Communication has become a dynamic and nationally recognized leader in the communication fields.

Reporting to the Provost, the next Dean will oversee the School’s engaged faculty and oversee a budget of approximately $6 million. Building upon the University’s reputation, s/he will be well positioned to continue the department’s excellence in teaching, research, and service work. The Dean will strengthen existing programs and develop new programs with an eye on what is next in the communication and media marketplace. S/he also will capitalize on the School’s location, bolster the School’s connections with industry partners, communicate the direction of the School clearly and persuasively, and grow professional development programs that attract and retain talented faculty and staff.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and expressions of interest electronically and in confidence to:

Jim Sirianni, Partner

Mark Halligan, Associate

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.