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Dean of the College of Communication and Information
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Jan. 3, 2019
Title Dean of the College of Communication and Information
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 89000:Provost
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Journalism

The University of Kentucky, a public, land-grant, Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged, flagship institution, is seeking a Dean of the College of Communication and Information to operate as the chief academic officer of the College. This position reports directly to the Provost of the University and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the College. A key member of the University’s leadership, the Dean must be an internal advocate for the College within the University of Kentucky and have the ability to work across disciplinary and college boundaries. The next Dean will bring a strong commitment to the recruitment, retention, and post-graduate placement of a diverse group of excellent students, as well as the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff. Finally, the Dean will encompass a strong research background and the ability to successfully network with alumni.

The next Dean will join the University and the College at a pivotal time. The College has been nimble and responsive to the ever-changing marketplace, meeting the need for flexible degree programs by offering online courses, certificate programs and online degree completer programs for students who are unable to complete their degree in a traditional on-campus format. Likewise, the College is one of only a few institutions that offer an ALA-accredited program with a fully online Master of Science in Library Science. These online opportunities offer students scheduling flexibility in addition to in-state/resident tuition rates for online learners, significantly cutting the cost of obtaining a graduate degree.

The Dean’s primary responsibilities will include the following:

  • Provide leadership and support for research and teaching at the College of Communication and Information. Lead the College in its programs of undergraduate and graduate instruction and research activities
  • Serve as an internal and external advocate for the College of Communication and Information. Help create the vision and market the College to best position it for future growth, both within UK and externally
  • Oversee the recruitment, development, and retention of a diverse, outstanding faculty and staff. Support and nurture relationships both internal to the College and across the University
  • With the support of the faculty and administration, craft avenues to grow the College’s enrollment at the graduate and undergraduate levels with the goal of boosting research dollars, competition, and selectivity
  • Provide vision and strategic decision-making for the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other supporters of the College

Supported by 100 faculty and 37 staff members, and with a student enrollment at approximately 2,200 students, the College prides itself as being one of the fastest growing at the University. The College has a strong reputation for prioritizing student success, with retention and graduation rates for undergraduates among the highest at the University of Kentucky. The College of Communication and Information is comprised of two schools, the School of Journalism and Media and the School of Information Science, and two departments, the Department of Communication and the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication. Additionally, there is a graduate program in Communication that spans the College.

Application materials should include a CV, and a letter of interest is optional. Application review will begin on March 1st, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The executive search firm of Heidrick and Struggles has been selected to recruit for this position. To be considered, you must complete the UK application.

Additional information, including a complete position specification, may be obtained from the firm. Confidential inquiries and nominations may be directed via email to Heidrick and Struggles at

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