Dean, Communication, English, and Media

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA Education & Training / Executive & Management $86,100 yearly
The Dean of Communication, English, and Media reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and leads a department that includes an Associate Dean, 25-30 full-time faculty members and support staff, and approximately 20 adjunct faculty. The Dean promotes communication, community, and collaboration within the department, advocates for faculty and department goals, facilitates communication between the administration, faculty and staff, and works collaboratively with other deans in the Liberal Arts program.

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.    
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.    
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.    
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.    
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.
  • Provide leadership and vision in the development and implementation of the department's goals and priorities and facilitate their achievement.    
  • Plan, coordinate and promote academic programming and initiatives in collaboration with the faculty, Associate Dean, Department Assistant and other college departments.    
  • Identify current and emerging trends and opportunities in the Communication, English, and Media disciplines to develop and maintain visionary and responsive courses, student support services, and community partnerships.    
  • Mentor, supervise and evaluate the full-time faculty and the associate dean, coordinate departmental professional development programs and activities, provide for the orientation of new employees, and facilitate communication between the administration, faculty, and staff.    
  • Support and promote to internal and external stakeholders the Liberal Arts model of education, which values exposing students to a variety of disciplines or areas of study regardless of primary area of interest or future career goal.    
  • Promote the value of the Humanities within the Liberal Arts program and at the college and beyond.    
  • Collaborate with other deans in the Liberal Arts program to promote the program, meet program goals, and complete the program review process.    
  • Monitor student enrollment; work collaboratively to develop marketing, recruitment, and retention strategies.    
  • Coordinate faculty workload decisions to ensure appropriate staffing, equity, and efficient resource utilization.    
  • Coordinate the preparation and submission of all reports required from the department by other areas of the college, state agencies and accrediting bodies.    
  • Prepare the annual budget and supervise its implementation as chief budget officer for the department.    
  • Assist in providing for proper classrooms and other facilities, equipment and materials to meet the needs of the instructional programs and collaborate with IT, Media Services, other campus specialists in updating and maintaining specialized instructional spaces such as the Mobile Active Learning Immersive Environment (MALIE) rooms and media production spaces.    
  • Advocate for faculty and department goals within the college creating an atmosphere supportive of input and innovation.    
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with area high schools and colleges, appropriate businesses, agencies, and community organizations and individuals in the College's service area.    
  • Develop and maintain articulation agreements with partner institutions of higher education.    
  • Cooperate with other departments and divisions of the College in student recruitment, retention, placement, orientation, and informing the public of the College's programs and services.    
  • Resolve student concerns and requests (e.g. conflicts, exemptions, waivers, recommendations, and transfer articulation questions), with the assistance of the Associate Dean and the Dean of Students office.    
  • Provide administrative and/or budgetary oversight and support for the college literary magazine, college newspaper, college student video productions (KSP), and any departmentally associated student clubs and organizations.

  • Be able and willing to represent and advocate for the College in the most positive manner with all stakeholders.    
  • Be a self-motivated, energetic, and creative individual with proven leadership, planning and administrative skills.    
  • Possess excellent conceptual and planning skills and be able to communicate and collaborate well with other professional educators within the college and at other institutions.    
  • Possess a working knowledge of current and emerging educational trends in the field that enable leading the department to meet the merging educational needs.    
  • Express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form.     
  • Establish and maintain good team working relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and general public.    
  • Welcome, value, and support people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as maintain and promote diversity.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.

  • Master's degree in a discipline represented in the department.    
  • Five years of college teaching experience related to one or more of the discipline areas required.    
  • Must have demonstrated educational leadership ability and possess knowledge of trends and issues related to community college education. 

  • Doctorate degree in a discipline represented in the department or in administration preferred.     
  • Community college teaching experience or administrative experience preferred.

Kirkwood Community College declares and affirms that it values and respects diversity and inclusion in all College-sponsored events, all employment practices, and all educational programs and activities. The College will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of persons on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, religion, or disability.

Anyone who has questions or complaints should contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, or by phone to (319) 398-5572, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Fax: (312) 730-1576, Email:

Job ID: 69652

Posted 23 days ago

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