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Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

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Procedure for Candidacy While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Dean is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by November 1, 2017 to assure optimal consideration. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged. WSU Communication Dean Search R. William Funk & Associates 2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 300 Dallas, Texas 75219 Email: Fax: (214) 523-9067

Position Details

Position Information

Employee Type Faculty
Working Title Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Position Number 126315
College/Area Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Hiring Unit
Department Link

Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Work Location Pullman
Zip Code 99164
Summary of Duties

Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for the position of Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Since transitioning to a stand-alone college 9 years ago, the Murrow College of Communication has grown in enrollment, faculty and staff. The college seeks to continue this growth, while also expanding its outreach to constituents beyond the walls of the University

The Dean of the Murrow College of Communication is responsible for the academic and administrative oversight of the college and reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President. The Dean provides leadership and vision in strategic planning and implementation of programs and leads College development activities.

Additional Information

About The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Named for its most illustrious alumnus, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. In addition to its Pullman location, the College offers programs at the University’s campuses in Vancouver and Everett, as well as online programs through WSU’s Global Campus. The College offers a Bachelor of Arts program in communication and society journalism and media production, and strategic communication. Master’s and doctoral programs focus on media and health promotion; media, society, and politics; and science and environmental communication, along with an online MA in strategic communication. The College enjoys custom-designed teaching, research and production facilities that have allowed the College to rank among the most productive communication colleges in the country.

The College’s current undergraduate enrollment exceeds 1,150, in addition to a postgraduate enrollment of 140. Additional information about the Murrow College of Communication can be found at

The mission of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is to expand Edward R. Murrow’s legacy through the embodiment of his values and expertise to serve the evolving fields of communication and mass communication.

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication will be recognized as an international leader in communication education and scholarship for its application of the values and expertise Murrow championed as a courageous, professional communicator and engaged citizen.

• To provide a professionally-oriented, skills-based undergraduate education that emphasizes experiential learning and excellence in writing, speaking and digital communication skills.
• To develop in students the understanding and ability necessary to communicate articulately to global and diverse audiences, accentuating an entrepreneurial mindset with social responsibility.
• To develop meaningful, productive collaborations among Murrow College students and other units at WSU, relevant external organizations, communication professions and society in ways that facilitate clear, effective and ethical communication on the part of individuals and institutions.
• To expand opportunities for research and graduate education at the front of communication scholarship contributing to the greater society by increasing our understanding of health, science, public affairs and related areas of scholarship.
• To continue to cultivate a strong internal foundation for the Murrow College of Communication allowing it to efficiently and effectively serve the needs of faculty, staff and students on all WSU campuses, ultimately contributing to citizens’ quality of life in our state, nation and world.

About Washington State University
Washington State University is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society. The University’s mission is threefold:
• To advance knowledge through creative research and scholarship across a wide range of academic disciplines.
• To extend knowledge through innovative educational programs in which emerging scholars are mentored to realize their highest potential and assume roles of leadership, responsibility, and service to society.
• To apply knowledge through local and global engagement that will improve quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation, and world.

Washington State University conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Founded in 1890 in Pullman, it is Washington’s original land-grant university, with a mission of improving quality of life.

One of the nation’s top public research institutions, WSU stands among 96 U.S. public and private universities with very high research activity, according to The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Many academic programs win recognition for excellence. University President Kirk Schulz has set the ambitious goal of WSU becoming one of the Nation’s top-25 public research universities by 2030.

In addition to the Pullman campus, WSU has campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett, Extension offices in every county, and an award-winning Global Campus with online degree programs accessible worldwide. The University’s annual operating budget expenditures exceed $1 billion.

About Washington State University Pullman
The main campus, founded in 1890, features world-class facilities for teaching, research, the arts, and Pacific-12 Conference athletics. The campus is located on more than 620 acres among the rolling hills of southeastern Washington in a geographic region known as the Palouse. Due to significant investments from the state, as well as private and federal support, outstanding new campus facilities have been constructed, and others upgraded significantly, during the past decade. Major new facilities include the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health, the Biotechnology Life Sciences Facility, and the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building. Recent construction of three residence halls, a championship-level golf course, and a major addition to Martin Stadium, as well as construction of a football operations building, provide important amenities for the university community and contribute to Pullman’s status as a destination campus.

Enrollment at the Pullman campus totaled 20,193 students for fall semester 2016—a record number. Approximately 1,500 faculty, supported by 1,600 graduate assistants and 2,900 administrators and staff, work on the campus.

About the Pullman Area
Pullman is a dynamic center of higher education, research, and culture located in a region called the Palouse. The region is home to two land-grant universities, Washington State University and the University of Idaho located just eight miles to the east in Moscow, Idaho. Washington’s second-largest city, Spokane, is located 75 miles north of Pullman. Demographics Daily designated Pullman a “dream town,” reflecting the city’s exceptionally high quality of life. Bloomberg Business Week named Pullman the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” in Washington. The city also boasts one of the highest percentages of graduate degrees among U.S. micropolitan areas, and its public school system has been ranked among the top 100 in the country. World-class outdoor recreation opportunities—including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating—are just a short drive away.
To learn more about the Pullman community, visit

View the Benefits Overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

Anticipated Start Date
Tenure Track Yes
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
Appointment Status Permanent
Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Required Qualifications

• Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a complex academic organization and possess an outstanding record as an accomplished scholar and educator who merits tenure at the rank of full professor.

• Willingness to be a champion of both teaching and research and be devoted to excellence and shared governance.

• Possess exemplary interpersonal and communication skills; impeccable integrity; a collegial and approachable demeanor; a team orientation; and a student-centered approach to academic leadership.

• An appreciation of the mission and milieu of Washington State University and a willingness to immerse oneself into the fabric of the entire University.

• A record of scholarship and/or experience sufficient to merit appointment with tenure at the rank of full professor.

• Able to cultivate, solicit, and steward significant contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

• Able to lead a complex organization while articulating the vision and goals for the future, and deploying resources organized to achieve strategic ends.

• Able to envision and execute agreed upon strategies, including the use of measurable goals and outcomes.

• Exemplary cross-cultural skills and understanding, and a strong commitment to diversity in all of its varied manifestations.

• Experience in advancing all of the primary activities of the College – undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and engagement.

• Commitment to innovative education and scholarship.

• Able to open doors in corporate, education, government, and other communities

• Strong presence and initiative, politically savvy, and collaborative within the University setting.

• Collegial in style and approach; a consummate listener and learner; demonstrating transparency, fairness, and respect for others.

• Able to understand, embrace and contribute to the culture, values and principles of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

• Contemporary knowledge of trends, challenges, and opportunities facing the fields of communication and mass communication. 

Preferred Qualifications
Background Check Yes

Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment Outside Search Firm
Posting Open Date 09/26/2017
Screening Begin Date 10/15/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Procedure for Candidacy

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Dean is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by November 1, 2017 to assure optimal consideration.

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

WSU Communication Dean Search
R. William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219
Fax: (214) 523-9067

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