dean of the manship school of mass communication

About the Search Process


  • Search announced, initial call for nominations and recommendations.
  • Search committee named, additional call for nominations and recommendations.
  • Russell Reynolds Associates selected to support the search committee.


  • Search Kickoff: Provost provides charge to the committee. Committee meets with Greenwood/Asher & Associates and HRM to discuss search process, timeline, and job description.
  • Feedback incorporated into key search documents
  • Unconscious bias training for search committee; training for diversity advocate
  • Position advertisement and job description drafted and distributed


  • Continued requests for nominations and recommendations.
  • Nominees and prospects are contacted. Applications are received and reviewed.
  • Prospect Review Meeting: Search advisory committee discusses all candidates and nominates candidates to move to interviewing phase for Provost’s consideration.


  • Round-One Interviews: Search advisory committee interviews selected candidates
  • Referencing and initial background checks conducted
  • Provost reviews and approves search advisory committee recommendations for on-campus interviews.


  • On-campus visits/interviews
  • Final Meeting: search advisory committee provides feedback on finalists to the Provost
  • Offer is made to candidate, contract is signed.


  • Internal announcements and press release about hired candidate. Transition begins. Target start date of July 1, 2023