Florida State University

Job Title

Dean, College of Communication and Information 


College of Communication and Information


Opening Date: 02/23/2023
Closing Date:  02/23/2024

Job Description

Florida State University (FSU) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean in the College of Communication and Information (CCI). The University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader and scholar who will support the mission of the College and continue its proud history of academic achievement, research, and service by faculty, students, and alumni.

Job Duties

The Dean of the College of Communication and Information provides leadership and vision for the future of the College. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the senior academic and administrative officer of the College and is responsible for providing visionary leadership of strategic, operational, and financial matters. The Dean is expected to provide the open, collaborative, and dynamic leadership necessary to preserve and enhance the FSU College of Communication and Information’s commitment to scholarship and outstanding, student-centered education.

Externally, the Dean has major responsibilities for the College’s relationships with stakeholders, the professions, and the larger public it serves. Creative and active fundraising, development initiatives, and the enhancement of the College’s reputation will be priorities. The next Dean will play a leadership role in the future growth of the College as well as ensure the College’s success in education and community impact. The Dean will serve as a catalyst and the primary architect for advancing innovative initiatives and programs that build upon College strengths, incorporate innovative ideas in communication and information education, and connect to university priorities. The Dean is responsible for managing a budget of over $14M and providing leadership to 88+ tenure-track, teaching and research faculty members as well as over 400 staff members and 2500 students.


The envisioned successful candidate will have national distinction as a scholar, researcher/practitioner, and educator with the accomplishments expected for appointment as a tenured full professor in one of the academic disciplines in the College. The next Dean must also exhibit substantial administrative leadership experience at a research university or comparable setting. In particular, the most competitive candidates will have:

  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited university and a distinguished research record in their academic discipline;
  • Extensive scholarly interest, and understanding of and commitment to promoting the full spectrum of research, including that conducted by undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, interdisciplinary research, and creative work;
  • The ability to represent and strongly advocate for the College’s research mission to a variety of constituencies, external and internal, including funding agencies;
  • The ability to create and lead faculty development programs;
  • Professional experience in administration;
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with budget management, research funding issues, policies, and sources;
  • The ability to delegate, to manage people effectively, to foster the professional development of subordinate staff, and to make sound decisions regarding personnel;
  • A demonstrated history of leading and managing change in a complex organization;
  • The ability to build teams for interdisciplinary research;
  • The ability to build and sustain collaborative partnerships and business, industry, philanthropic organizations, state agencies, and other universities;
  • Experience in building relationships and developing partnerships.

Supplemental Information

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Florida State University
As one of the nation's elite research universities, and one of the largest of the 12 institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida, FSU offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage. With nearly 44,000 students, approximately 6,600 employees, and an operating budget of $1.62 billion, FSU provides a welcoming campus environment on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida with a prime location in the heart of the state capital. U.S. News and World Report ranks Florida State University System as #19 among all public universities in the nation, and the state of Florida’s university system as #1 in the nation.

Combining traditional strengths in the arts and humanities with internationally recognized leadership in the sciences, FSU provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery, and community interaction. FSU’s 18 colleges and its Graduate School offer more than 276 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional, and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law. The University awards over 3,000 graduate and professional degrees each year. With an impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, FSU is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its strong commitment to diversity, FSU is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African American students and in the graduation rate of African American undergraduates. The College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked among the nation’s Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Additional information about FSU, its history and programs can be found at

The College of Communication and Information
The College of Communication and Information (CCI) was formed in 2009 by combining two vibrant colleges central to FSU’s mission: the College of Information and the College of Communication. CCI is made up of three schools— the School of Information, the School of Communication Science and Disorders, and the School of Information—which work together closely on a research portfolio that is vibrant, resilient, and diverse and seeks to solve society-wide issues in communication and information.

Today, the College opens the door to rewarding professions that emphasize research, service, and leadership. Its hands-on approach taught by world renowned faculty provides students with essential tools for careers in communication, information, and communication science and disorders. CCI is home to the following schools:

The School of Communication
As prescribed in its mission statement, it is crucial for the School of Communication to understand the complex and ever-changing nature of communication’s vital role in a democratic society, and therefore, recognizes the need to examine the field from a multitude of theoretical, practical, and creative approaches. The School prepares students to be versatile communication practitioners and engaged global citizens through innovative and experiential learning experiences, research and creative scholarship, and service to the discipline, university, and community.

The School of Communication Science & Disorders
The mission of the School of Communication Science & Disorders is to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge related to variety and differences in communication processes and disorders; prepare students to demonstrate broad-based knowledge of communication science and skills to apply theory and research findings to clinical practice in their communities; empower students to provide effective diagnostic and treatment services in a global and diverse community and utilize innovative, evidence-based approaches to support individuals with a wide variety of speech, language, cognitive, swallowing, and hearing abilities; and prepare leading clinical and research scientists to generate new knowledge for practicing at the top of the license.

The School of Information (The iSchool)
The iSchool was formed as its own unit at FSU in 1947 and was later a founding member of the iSchool movement. As a worldwide leader in the information fields, the iSchool examines the critical relationships between people, information, and technology. In keeping with the iSchool philosophy, our Information, Information Technology, and Information Communication and Technology programs emphasize professions and activities which help others use and manage information as a vital part of everyday life. The iSchool is a dynamic, exciting place to learn, work, educate, and research. The School offers an innovative undergraduate degree in Information Technology. The MS in Information Technology was recently ranked the 5th best online program of its kind by U.S. News and World Report while the Master’s degree in Information is ranked 11th and accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

How to Apply

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applications should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via email is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee.

In accordance with the State of Florida’s open records laws, all nominations, applications, and letters of interest will be made public. Application materials should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Cruz, Partner

SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Email: [email protected]
Refer to code “FSU-DCCI” in the subject line