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Program Chair, Communications

Category: Collegiate Faculty
Location: Largo, MD
Requisition ID: 10005253


Program Chair, Communication Studies

The Undergraduate School (TUS)

12-Month Collegiate Faculty, Full-Time

Location: Largo, MD

The Undergraduate School (TUS) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) seeks a Program Chair for its Bachelor of Arts degree program in Communication Studies. The new program chair will join one of the largest online institutions in the world, serving a global student population.  Working adults, military personnel, and other students around the globe are achieving their academic goals through UMUC's innovative educational options, including online instruction, accelerated academic programs, and classroom-based courses taught during the daytime, evenings, and weekends.  UMUC offers on-site instruction in over 150 locations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including over 20 locations in the Maryland and greater D.C. area.  One of 12 degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM), UMUC is the largest public institution of higher education in the U.S., serving over 92,000 students annually, including over 70,000 undergraduates and 20,000 graduate students.

UMUC strives to reflect the diversity of the global community within which it exists. Cultural differences are valued as essential to the educational process and working environment. Candidates with an understanding of and appreciation for diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage the development of project-based, competency-oriented curriculum in the Communications Program, including the curation and use of Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Develop and maintain learning outcomes assessment and program improvement based on data and in accordance with institutional initiatives
  • Recruit, manage, and support program faculty
  • Support students in the program
  • Foster and maintain professional connections in the field of Communication Studies, which includes Speech and Journalism
  • Foster and develop internal and external relationships to further develop the program
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned
  • This is an academic administrative position; program chairs teach one course onload each year
  • Travel occasionally between local UMUC locations when required

Required Education and Experience:

  • Doctoral degree in Communication Studies, or related field from a regionally accredited college or university required
  • Four years of managerial experience in the communications field in an academic and/or professional setting
  • At least three years teaching at the university level required
  • Experience in distance and/or adult education
  • Must be comfortable using information technology and related teaching and management tools
  • Experience in presenting effectively to both large and small audience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment and the ability to foster and develop internal and external relationships to further develop the program are musts

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Managerial experience in a professional/educational setting and demanding work environment, managing substantial programs and large numbers of employees
  • Knowledge of project and competency-based approaches to teaching and learning
  • Experience in adaptive and other technologies
  • Experience with curriculum design and development
  • The ideal candidate will be forward-thinking and demonstrate knowledge and expertise in current trends in the field of communication studies.


All submissions should include a cover letter and résumé. UMUC offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits for qualifying positions, such as tuition remission, generous leave and healthcare.  For detailed benefits information, please visit:

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMUC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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