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Dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications
Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York
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Date Posted 12/14/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Ithaca College invites nominations and applications for the next dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications (the Park School). The Park School is widely acknowledged as a leader in communications education, having begun offering courses in radio in the 1930s and currently offering a comprehensive array of 10 undergraduate majors that span the applications of media, as well as professional low-residency/online master’s degrees with an overall enrollment of over 1,800. The school has also recently partnered with the School of Business and the School of Music to develop an M.B.A. in Entertainment and Media Management. Student success is supported by faculty who are active scholars and media creators, professional advisors and career development coordinators, and technical support for over $20 million of studio and portable media gear and studios. Donors have given generously over the years to help create a number of unique opportunities for Park School students, faculty and alumni, including the Park Scholar Program, the Park Center for Independent Media, the John Keshishoglou Center for Global Communications Innovation and the Jessica Savitch Endowed Programs, among others. 

The next dean will be expected to address a number of key leadership opportunities, including: shaping a vision for the future; fostering interdisciplinary experiences; building an inclusive culture and enhancing diversity; evaluating academic offerings; supporting co-curricular learning; and engaging outside of campus. The successful candidate should have a proven record of leadership, the ability to support the range of communications disciplines found within the school and a strong understanding of the future of the field of communications. 

Ithaca College (IC) provides a rigorous education blending liberal arts and professional programs of study. Learning at IC extends beyond the classroom to encompass a broad range of residential, professional and co-curricular opportunities. The college was founded in 1892 as Ithaca Conservatory of Music with roots in theory, practice and performance. Today it is known as a largely undergraduate institution with a liberal arts core that is fueled by the power of practice and professional education. Faculty members at Ithaca College are deeply committed to the education and development of their students and invest the time and energy to mentor and advise them. Ithaca College is committed to creating an inclusive environment and attracting a diverse body of students, faculty and staff. All members of the college community are encouraged to achieve excellence in their chosen fields and to share the responsibilities of citizenship and service in the global community. The college recently completed a strategic plan – Ithaca Forever – to guide the institution into the future. 

Applications and nominations should be received by January 28, 2020 to ensure full consideration. Candidates should submit a resume or CV and cover letter in response to the opportunities and expectations described within the leadership profile located at www.wittkieffer.com

All materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Ithaca College's consultants, Ryan Crawford and Rachel Bieniek, to IthacaDeanComm@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached through the desk of Marietta DeMauro, executive search coordinator, at 630-575-6975.

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