DePaul University — Dean of the College of Communication

Founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission, which follows the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul, DePaul University is the nation’s largest Catholic institution of higher education and also the largest private university in the Midwest. Anchored in the global city of Chicago, the university is committed to outstanding teaching, academic excellence, real world experience, community engagement, and systemic change. A Carnegie doctoral/research institution, DePaul serves nearly 22,000 full- and part-time students. Its 863 full-time and 1,679 adjunct faculty members pursue the preservation, enrichment, and transmission of knowledge and culture across a broad scope of academic disciplines. DePaul’s 10 colleges and schools are spread across two major campuses: Lincoln Park Campus and the Loop Campus.

DePaul’s highly regarded College of Communication is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader as its next dean. Located on both the Lincoln Park campus and the Loop Campus, the College of Communication is widely known and respected in the communication field. The College of Communication’s student media outlets win national awards, and the Public Relations and Advertising program is ranked as the #1 PR program in the country. In addition, the College’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence bridges the gap between academics and the professional world. The Center for Communication Engagement promotes communication-based problem-solving and research-based solutions for social innovation. In addition, the DePaul Pop Culture Conference is an annual day-long fandom and academic event where fans, scholars, and media makers gather to examine popular culture and cult media. The College of Communication enrolls approximately 1,000 undergraduate students and 114 graduate students representing 29 countries.

Reporting to Provost Salma Ghanem, the next dean will oversee 32 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 17 non-tenure-track faculty, approximately 73 adjuncts, and a total staff in the Office of the Dean of 14. The dean oversees a budget of approximately $42 million. A link to the full position description can be found here.

Nominations and applications are welcomed as soon as possible. Applications should include a complete résumé or vita and a letter of candidacy. All application materials will be considered in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to 

For inquiries, please contact:
Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Holly Jackson, Managing Associate
Storbeck Search

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