Department of Communication Studies, Department Chair 12 Month (529272)

  • California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)
  • San Bernardino, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


The Department Chair of Communication Studies serves in a leadership capacity in support of the department’s and the College of Arts & Letter's missions. They provide academic and administrative leadership and facilitate the orderly conduct of the affairs of the department and the college. Their responsibilities, to varying degrees, include, but are not limited to, the following: represent the department on established college, division, and university councils or committees; maintain active involvement with discipline-based professional associations at state, regional, and national levels; articulate and communicate the department's mission, insuring that it fits the overall goals of the college and university; serve as the advocate of the department's goals and needs and whenever major curricular decisions are being made; and, serve as the spokesperson for the department to the wider community.

Also, the Chair’s role involves, in conjunction with the faculty: developing and implementing a strategic plan that emanates from the department's/school’s mission and goals statement; monitoring the department's effectiveness in meeting goals based on an assessment plan; and, initiating and supervising the department's activities and efforts in the recruiting and retention of students.

The department Chair must also promote discipline-based contact with appropriate off-campus groups, such as high school teachers, community organizations, professional organizations, etc.; provide leadership in development activities that links to the department 's alumni; and, work with the college Dean and the university’s development office to increase gifts and benefactors.

  • Foster periodic examination and review of the department's/school’s curricular and GE offerings, develop and maintain programs that meet accrediting and licensing standards, and exercise leadership in proposing and developing curricular changes.
  • Develop, in consultation with the faculty, an annual schedule of workload assignments.
  • Promote and support grant applications and sponsored research, and support faculty professional development.
  • Develop and manage, in conjunction with the faculty, department/school budgetary plans and other resource requests.
  • Manage Full-time Equivalent Student (FTES) targets commensurate with resources, quality of instruction, and department mission.
  • Assist probationary faculty in understanding the evaluation process and criteria for retention, promotion, and tenure, and establish plans for providing mentors for new faculty members.
  • Exhibit leadership in the recruiting and appointment of tenure-track faculty.
  • Review and maintain a current pool of potential candidates for temporary faculty positions, in conjunction with the department.
  • Exercise leadership in the appointment of staff personnel.
  • Appropriately supervise the clerical and technical staff assigned to the department.
  • Conduct performance evaluations on the staff personnel.
  • Encourage and support staff training and development.
  • Develop and coordinate a program of orientation and advisement that meets the needs of students, in conjunction with members of the department.
  • Develop and administer student progress reviews where appropriate.
  • Respond to student-initiated concerns and problems, as appropriate, and mediate conflicts and attempt to resolve problems experienced by faculty, staff, and students.

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, a field within the discipline, or related discipline/field.
  • A record of commitment to excellence in teaching, service, and research or creative and/or other outputs of knowledge production within the discipline appropriate for appointment at the rank of full professor (associate professors nearing application for promotion are also encouraged to apply), Retention, Promotion, & Tenure (RPT) Evaluation Guidelines for the CSUSB Department of Communication Studies.

  • Have held a tenured position at a university or equivalent.
  • A record of commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student 
population that may have included first generation and non-traditional students who come from 
a broad range of academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and who may have diverse gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities/disabilities.
  • Experience of chairing an academic department, or equivalent leadership position, demonstrating ability to create, manage, and lead teams effectively.
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience working effectively with a diverse team of faculty and staff colleagues.
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and successes implementing and using best practices to ensure DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access) for faculty, staff, and students within higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and successes implementing and using best practices in shared governance within higher education.
  • Experience of and/or strong demonstrated knowledge of the needs of students studying at an officially recognized Hispanic Serving Institution.

  • Knowledge and experience of the variety of sub-discipline areas of Communication Studies including, but not limited to: Film Studies, Human Communication, Media Production, Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Public Relations, Relational Communication, and Strategic Communication.
  • Record of scholarship and/or equivalent creative activities that focuses on underrepresented groups, particularly Latina/o/xs in the U.S., African Americans, and Native American and Indigenous Americans.
  • 5+ years teaching experience in a higher education institution.
  • Experience of and/or strong demonstrated knowledge of the processes, protocols, and practices 
of working at a large public university.
  • Knowledge and experience of a collective bargaining workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and generate resources.
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and successes in assisting an academic department, or equivalent unit, to articulate a vision for the future and developing strategies for getting there successfully.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Department of Communication Studies at CSUSB offers topical, relevant, and career-ready degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Communication Studies creates opportunities for students in some of the fastest-growing, evolving and exciting fields of employment, scholarship, and creative activities. We offer a B.A. in Communication Studies, with concentrations in Media Studies, Relational & Organizational Communication, and Strategic Communication. We also have a Specialized Concentration where students can work with faculty advisers to create an individualized curriculum of courses. We offer an M.A. in Communication Studies for students to further develop their career skills and enhance their research skills. Students can specialize in a field of study of their choice, teach as a Graduate Teaching Associate, and can get involved with other opportunities such as Coyote Radio, Coyote PR, the Coyote Chronicle Newspaper, and a whole host of film and video making as well as screenwriting opportunities.

To find out more about the Department of Communication Studies at CSUSB please visit our website:

For more information regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Dr. Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos

Interim Department Chair

Dr. Matthew Poole


1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter that includes:

(i) A statement of your teaching interest/philosophy

(ii) A statement of your research experience/plans

(iii) Explanation of how your experience and qualifications match the minimum and preferred requirements for this post.

3. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.

4. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts may be required prior to appointment).

5. Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation.

6. All candidates are required to submit a 1,000 word (max.) statement on contributions to diversity. This statement must demonstrate that the candidate has the professional skills, awareness, experience and will to engage in our campus DEI goals. This statement should include past and present contributions as well as future plans to enhance DEI goals. We strongly encourage candidates to be specific and provide purpose, duration, and impact of activities.

7. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.

Formal review of applications will begin October 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

CSU Salary Schedule:

Department Chair 12 Month (Assistant Professor) (Range 3) - $6,190 - $14,893

Department Chair 12 Month (Associate Professor) (Range 4) - $7,102 - $16,352

Department Chair 12 Month (Professor) (Range 5) - $8,964 - $17,127

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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