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Position Announcement – Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Position Description
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
College of Communication and Information
University of Tennessee

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The College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee is conducting an internal search for a full-time Associate Dean for Academic Programs effective June 1, 2019. This is a 12-month administrative position with a minimum required academic rank of tenured Associate Professor. Associate Professor applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly achievement that puts them on track for timely promotion to Full Professor to be considered. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will serve a 5-year term as Associate Dean subject to annual reviews from the Dean of the College of Communication and Information. A cumulative 5-year review will be held prior to considering whether to appoint the individual to a second 5-year term.

While the Dean provides overall leadership, responsibility, and vision, the Associate Dean for Academic Programs handles many of the day-to-day administrative functions of the college. The Dean and Associate Dean will work together to continuously refine the process of dividing responsibilities for college-wide administration.

The Associate Dean is a member of the administrative committee, an ex-officio member of the graduate and undergraduate committees of the college and of the graduate and undergraduate councils of the University of Tennessee. The Associate Dean provides accurate and timely advice, counsel, assistance, and information to the Dean, stands in for the Dean when needed, represents the College on various campus-wide committees and councils, collects and presents data pertinent to academic operations, and assures smooth operation of college-wide initiatives.

Key responsibilities of the Associate Dean for Academic Programs include:

  • Provide overall leadership for college-wide academic programs.
  • Provide leadership on other curricular issues in the college such as: working with schools to reduce duplication among programs, championing college programs at the university-level curriculum committees, and overseeing the details of catalog copy management.
  • Develop programs designed to promote the college to a diverse group of prospective students and successfully recruit the best students to college programs.
  • Coordinate the hiring of graduate assistants.
  • Supervise CCI’s Marketing/Communication Information Specialist.
  • Supervise graduate students on centrally funded assistantships, assign research assistants to specific faculty/projects, and monitor progress of these graduate assistants.
  • Develop orientation programs for all undergraduate students and graduate students in interdisciplinary programs.
  • Develop systems and programs that will lead to retention and graduation of students in collegewide programs.
  • Manage academic-oriented college functions such as convocation and commencement.
  • Assist the Dean and coordinate with the Directors to facilitate data collection and reporting for accreditation, program review, strategic planning, and other academically-related areas as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Director of CCI’s Undergraduate Advising Center reports to the Associate Dean. That center participates in university-sponsored recruiting and orientation events, and coordinates all advising for CCI undergraduate students. This office also maintains records on all undergraduate students.

The Associate Dean manages curriculum and scheduling for all college-wide courses (those with a CCI designation). This includes CCI 150, the orientation and theory courses at the master’s level, and all college-wide doctoral-level courses. The Associate Dean typically teaches the one-hour master’s orientation class and teaches/coordinates the professional development seminars for doctoral students.

School Directors and/or their designees are responsible for curriculum development, scheduling, advising, and overall management of school-based majors, minors and concentrations. They also work with the Associate Dean to coordinate admission and advising for those students in the interdisciplinary graduate programs who are concentrating on areas within the schools. The MS in Information Sciences is coordinated in the School of Information Science. The Associate Dean assists the schools as needed in providing managerial reporting and other academics-related services.

Minimum requirements: tenured associate professor within one of the four Schools in the UT College of Communication and Information, strong record of teaching and scholarly research/creative work, and strong organizational and leadership skills. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Applicants should send electronically a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and list of references to Beth Cole at

Review of applications will begin on March 11, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.