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Dean, J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University, a private, coeducational, Catholic, Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative, and visionary leader to serve as the Dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. The new dean will partner with talented and dedicated faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the broader Marquette and Milwaukee communities to execute an ambitious shared vision for the college and continue to raise its visibility both within the university and throughout the broader community. Candidates should embrace the values of Catholic, Jesuit higher education, and people from all religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  

Marquette is one of 27 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States and is the largest private university in Wisconsin. Its attractive 98-acre campus on the edge of Milwaukee’s downtown is home to a highly collegial community with more than 2,800 employees and a current enrollment at approximately 11,600 students. Marquette is ranked in the top 100 of national universities by U.S. News & World Report with aspirations to be in the top 75. In 2015, the university reached a new Carnegie research classification as a Doctoral University marked by “high research activity” – the second highest classification Carnegie bestows.

The Diederich College of Communication is dedicated to the advancement of communication research and education through creativity, connectivity, and diversity and to creating collaborative relationships for the greater good. It is organized into four departments: Communication Studies, Digital Media and Performing Arts, Journalism and Media Studies, and Strategic Communication. Over the last few years, the college has focused on the concepts of engagement and innovation as hallmarks of the programs and student experience. The next dean will expand this focus and engage in the creation of new partnerships, both internally and externally, that will help achieve the vision to both create and be thought leaders in communication, media, and performing arts. The dean will be instrumental in advancing Marquette University as a highly ranked destination university, renowned for academic rigor, innovation, and the achievements of its community of scholars, and in further connecting the university with the community of Milwaukee and beyond.  

The dean will join a university that has embarked on a transformation guided by the 24th President, Dr. Michael R. Lovell, who joined Marquette in 2014. Since that time, Dr. Lovell has led the campus community in implementing Marquette’s ambitious strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. This plan requires extraordinary investment and innovative new partnerships to bolster how Marquette delivers transformational education and student experiences, advances research and scholarship, thrives in the new and dynamic environment of higher education, builds its endowment, and reimagines and reshapes its infrastructure. Marquette recently announced Dr. Kimo Ah Yun as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. He previously served as the dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, and he will be a good partner in helping the college achieve its goals. The Diederich College of Communication is a critical player in Marquette University’s accomplishment of its vision, and the next dean will need to address the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Continue to raise the visibility and brand of the Diederich College both within the university and externally
  • Champion a continued emphasis on student success and career development 
  • Participate in Marquette’s efforts to increase research productivity
  • Grow and strengthen Diederich’s diverse and inclusive community
  • Foster opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration 
  • Generate new revenue including ambitious fundraising

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti is leading this search with Andy Marshall.

Marquette University affirms its longstanding commitment to the principle of equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin. Marquette affirms its commitment to the principle of affirmative action and its commitment to abide by state regulations and federal laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity. To learn more, see http://www.marquette.edu/mission/prospective_plan.shtml.


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