Position Title

Director, Philip Rauch Center for Business Communications and Lecturer in Business


Lehigh University, College of Business and Economics

Position Start Date

Spring/Summer 2019, with teaching to begin Fall 2019

Salary Range


Job Description

Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics invites applications for the position of Director of the Philip Rauch Center for Business Communications (RCBC) and Lecturer in Business. The Director will be a proven educator and administrator who will lead the development and implementation of new courses, programs, and services that support excellence in business communication. The Director will be a collaborative leader who shares Lehigh’s passion for transforming undergraduate students into young professionals ready to effectively deliver evidence-driven, persuasive communications across a variety of complex, often data-intensive business situations. This is a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenure track position.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, the Director will:

1. Design, coordinate, teach, assess, and continuously improve two new business communications courses in the undergraduate business core curriculum, i.e., BUS 003: Business Communications I and BUS 203: Business Communications II. He or she will collaborate with faculty teaching prerequisites to the business communication sequence and with professional development staff in the Undergraduate Programs Office to ensure an integrated core experience for students. Teaching load will be up to 6 credits per semester, starting in fall 2019.

2. Lead and oversee processes and programs to support the application, reinforcement, and continuous improvement of undergraduates’ business communications skills beyond business communication courses, including both curricular support (i.e., coordinating assessment rubrics for use by business faculty in core and major courses, engaging peer tutoring (TRAC Fellows) within CBE Undergraduate Programs, etc.) and co-curricular programming (e.g., workshops, seminars, coaching, etc.).

3. Manage operations and budget for the RCBC, including hiring and oversight of faculty to teach the business communications core course sequence. He or she will also serve as a member of the Associate Dean's leadership team in the College of Business and Economics Undergraduate Programs Office.

4. Represent the College of Business and Economics to constituencies internal and external to Lehigh, and promote communications-related program accomplishments to external audiences in a variety of venues.

5. Participate in professional networks/associations external to Lehigh to promote the College of Business and Economics, engage in the exchange of best practices, and gain ongoing professional development. He or she will also network and conduct ongoing benchmarking/research to lead best practices with regard to business communications and pedagogy.

Academic Qualifications

Must have an advanced degree (minimum of Master’s degree with experience, PhD preferred) in business communications or a related field.

Experience Requirements

Must demonstrate very strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, with evidence of professional communications excellence in business organization(s). Applicants should also provide evidence of teaching effectiveness in corporate and/or higher education settings and have experience in: 
• Leading with a strategic point of view, including planning that integrated various perspectives, garnering consensus, and implementing for results; 
• Leveraging contemporary technology to accomplish communication purposes; 
• Overseeing and allocating resources;
• Networking/interacting with diverse others to achieve desired results, including forming and sustaining effective partnerships with key constituencies; 
• Accomplishing work with/through others in positive, collaborative work environments, preferably in a higher education context.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Application Process

Please apply at Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12824. Candidates should submit a cover letter, vita/resume, philosophy of teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference.

Mailing Address

Please apply at Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12824.

Contact Information

Inquiries could be addressed to Associate Dean Katrina Zalatan, College of Business and Economics, kaz409@lehigh.edu