Director, MS in Communication and Information Technology – 4961

FLSA Employment Category: Salaried; Exempt; Faculty; 12 months

DEPARTMENT: Communication and Information Technology


Alma College seeks a faculty member with vision, a passion for cultivating relationships, and a deep commitment to quality to serve as the director for a low-residency Master of Science in Computer and Information Technology. Key responsibilities of this position include: curriculum development, graduate student recruitment, faculty recruitment, program supervision and administration, and building relationships with external stakeholders. Candidates for the position should have significant professional experience working in the technology industry and in higher education. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and creative administrator who values collaboration and embraces the challenge of bringing a vision to life.

The director will hold a dual faculty/administrative appointment. The director, working in coordination with an interdisciplinary advisory group of faculty and reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies, will oversee all elements of the new program.


  • Oversee program development, budget, faculty recruitment and assignment, and organization of the unit.
  • Assure that Alma College’s values regarding Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are evident in all aspects of the program.
  • Supervise the work of faculty and students in the program, assuring quality and integrity.
  • Teach 1-3 courses annually.
  • Represent the program internally and externally, shape the emphasis of the program, and address issues relevant to the program’s goal of excellence and growth.
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of student recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Contribute to the development of program budgets and maintain spending in line with projections.
  • Establish and encourage mutually beneficial collaboration with other industrial, research, and academic facilities.
  • Build and maintain communication with alumni, friends of the program, and local, state, and national professional associations.
  • Maintain an atmosphere of respect, collegiality, support, and encouragement for diligence, creative effort, and professional excellence among faculty, staff, and students.
  • Develop and implement academic standards and policies.
  • Promote ongoing outreach to alumni, the Alma campus, and the external community.


Candidates should have a deep knowledge of communication and information technology, strong professional connections, and proven administrative skills, preferably in higher education. The director must be an individual who is collaborative and decisive, adept at balancing vision with the pragmatics of implementation. A terminal degree in Communication and Information Technology, or a closely related field is required.


Alma College anticipates the salary for this combined faculty/administrative position will be $120,000-130,000 depending upon qualifications.


Interested candidates should submit a letter outlining their qualifications to lead this program, a C.V., and the names of three professional references to: Alma College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ( The letter should describe your goals for the program and the three or four steps you think are most important in developing a program of quality.

Alma College is classified as a selective Baccalaureate College: Diverse Fields by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders, Alma’s students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.