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Dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences Search

The University of Alabama invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

The University of Alabama (UA) seeks a strategic and collaborative leader with a distinguished scholarly profile to serve as the next Dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS). The Dean will develop a future-oriented vision for the College and provide leadership on planning, curricular, research, and budgetary decisions. The Dean will also engage with alumni, the world of business, media, information sciences, technology, corporate, civic, and community entities, as well as state and federal government officials to advance the goals of the College and University. The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree and qualify for appointment at the rank of tenured full professor in one of the College’s academic units, which include Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Journalism and Creative Media, and Library and Information Studies. The candidate must also possess a significant and progressive record of leadership in a professional setting including higher education, government, and/or industry, along with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to advance the university’s philosophy and practice relative to DEI.Preference will be given to candidates who possess leadership experience in higher education and a sustained record of excellence in research, service, and teaching commensurate with a comprehensive research intensive university. Additionally, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a readiness to advance the college by fundraising and building external partnerships.


Dates Details
Thursday, January 13 Search Committee meets.
Week of January 17 Ad and prospectus/profile are finalized. Ad is placed with selected ad venues suggested and authorized by UA.
Mid-January – late March Recruitment period.
Thursday, March 17 Confidential website with applications is opened to the Search Committee.
Thursday, March 24 Best consideration deadline for applications.
Week of April 25 Finalists visit campus.
Early May Appointment is announced.
July 2022 Appointee assumes office.

Search Committee

Name Title
Dr. Andrew Billings Chair of Search Committee; Professor
Dr. Cynthia Peacock Assistant Professor
Dr. Kristen Warner Associate Professor
Jay Waters Instructor
Dr. Steven Yates Assistant Professor
Melanie Danner Director of Financial Affairs
Donald Gilstrap Dean of Libraries
Debra Nelson President of Elevate LLC
Dr. Christine Taylor Vice President and Associate Provost