Call for Applications


The Department of Communication at Villanova University invites applications for the annual Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication. The Department seeks a senior colleague whose scholarship, regardless of specialization or methodological orientation, has made a significant contribution to the discipline of Communication. This visiting, one-semester appointment is for the Fall of 2014. University-sponsored housing will be provided for the duration of the appointment. The responsibilities of the position include teaching one undergraduate and one graduate course related to his/her area of expertise, delivering a lecture to the Villanova community during the semester in residence, and mentoring faculty and students in the Communication Department. In addition to the salary generated by the Endowment, the Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication is eligible to receive graduate assistant support and/or to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 from the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. This visiting position may be used to supplement sabbatical leave. The Department encourages all interested, qualified candidates to apply.

The Current Harron Chair

This year, the Department of Communication at Villanova University welcomed Dr. Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz as the 2013-2014 Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication.

Leeds-Hurwitz is Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, a project of the Council for Communication Associations, and Professor Emerita of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. In recent years, she has been Chercheur invité at the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, France, Senior Fellow at the Collegium de Lyon Institut d’études avancées, and Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra, Portugal. She has also served UNESCO as an expert on intercultural communication, presented at the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan, and organized a conference on intercultural dialogue held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Application Process

To be considered for The Harron Family Chair, applicants should hold the rank of Associate or Full Professor of Communication or a closely related field, and have a national/international reputation for distinguished scholarship. In addition to an extensive, successful research program, candidates should demonstrate a strong teaching record and a willingness to contribute to the intellectual life of Villanova's Department of Communication.  A complete application will include:  

  • a letter stating the candidate’s interest and qualifications, as well as indication of availability, housing needs, area(s) of expertise, and potential courses and research projects the candidate would pursue during the appointment;
  • a current curriculum vita;
  • the names and full contact information for two personal references.

These materials should be sent to Dr. Maurice Hall, Chairperson, Department of Communication, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085-1699. Electronic versions of these materials may be sent to Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013, and will continue until the 2014 Harron Family Chair is selected.

Should applicants wish to meet with Villanova faculty at the upcoming NCA conference, please email

About the Harron Family and the Department

The Harron family has been associated with the field of communication since the turn of the twentieth century. Through the endowment of scholarships for students demonstrating academic achievement and financial need and support of the University’s highly regarded One Book Villanova program, the Harron family has also been a leader in philanthropic efforts at Villanova University.  The Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication honors the Harron family's accomplishments in the field of communication, their philanthropic legacy, and the Department's commitment to excellence in communication education, scholarship, and practice.

The Department of Communication is the largest undergraduate major at Villanova, and has a thriving M.A. program with an excellent track record of sending students to Ph.D. programs. The strength of our programs is due to our Department’s emphasis upon intellectual rigor, the teacher-scholar model, and strong collegiality. Villanova University is a Roman Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order, located in the ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse Philadelphia metropolitan region. An AA/EEO employer, the Communication Department values dynamic and diverse faculty members who are committed to teaching, scholarship, and service—and who can contribute to the University’s conversation regarding truth, community, values, and social justice. For more detailed descriptions of the Department, please consult For a more detailed description of the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, please consult

Contact Information

Department of Communication
Garey Hall room 28
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-4750
Fax: (610) 519-7749

Fall 2014 Courses & Descriptions

Intergroup Relations (IGR) is an educational experience about issues of social justice. One-credit IGR courses are designed to prepare students to create dialogues in situations where understanding and listening are needed. We will focus on building relationships among students from different identity groups (e.g., gender, religion, race, ability, socio-economic status, etc.). Students will receive 1 credit in Communication. For more information, go to

* COM-Course-Descriptions-Fall-2014.pdf
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