Dean, School of Communication (44)

Date: Nov 9, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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About the Department/Unit

From journalism to strategic communication, to independent filmmaking, communication studies, and games, the School of Communication inspires tomorrow's communication leaders and changemaking storytellers. Students learn to produce media that matter and shape debates about the key communication issues of our time with the support of faculty who have received the highest honors in their fields, including Academy and Emmy awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.


American University (AU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, School of Communication. This individual reports directly to the AU Provost and Chief Academic Officer, working closely with other AU deans and vice provosts to deliver the world-class education for which American University is known.


The successful candidate will be a creative and collaborative leader who embraces the University’s mission and strives to grow an innovative, forward-looking School of Communication with an entrepreneurial spirit. The Dean must be committed to enhancing the student, faculty, and staff experience at AU and bring the technical expertise and scholar-teacher mindset to advance the growth and productivity of the School of Communication. The Dean will bring:

  • Experience that enables them to spur enrollment growth at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of study and for recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse faculty and staff workforce;
  • Demonstrated management experience of complex teams across academic affairs, student affairs, and budgeting;
  • Financial acumen and fiscal stewardship with an understanding of cost-containment and sound assessment; deep experience in fundraising and advancement;
  • Firsthand experience working in a shared governance environment;
  • Collaborative vision setting and the ability to show others how to take an idea from thought to implementation to action; and
  • Passion for DEI and desire to make further progress in shaping a more inclusive SOCThe Dean will oversee a considerable portfolio of responsibilities including leadership, strategy, supervision, operations, and creative growth. The Dean will collaborate with the Acting Provost (who will hold the role until 2025) and other university deans in developing and implementing academic policy, engendering cutting-edge creativity, and the flow of communication in direct support of American University's mission.Driving the success of School of Communication strategic imperatives, the Dean provides leadership to several Divisions and Centers

Summary/Objective Cont.

The Dean will develop academic and administrative policies that will ensure the School of Communication is poised to educate the strategic communicators, journalists, storytellers, and communication researchers of the future. With a mind toward operating at the intersection of democracy and communication, AU seeks a leader who is passionate about enacting long-lasting, positive change and someone who will champion the school. This Dean will continue to grow a diverse SOC community and will be deeply committed to the scholar-teacher model.

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Application Instructions

Storbeck Search (a part of Diversified Search Group) is assisting American University in identifying its next Dean of the School of Communication. Nominations and applications (CV and cover letter) for this position at American University will be accepted at the following website:

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full-Time.

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


Other Details

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • Employees in staff positions at American University must deliver their services to the university from either the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the university.
  • Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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