The University of South Carolina, Columbia, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The School is part of the College of Information and Communications, which also includes the School of Library and Information Science. The Director reports directly to the Dean of the College.
The Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is the top academic and administrative officer in the School. The Director oversees all undergraduate and graduate faculty and programs, staff, budgets, resource development and allocation. The Director provides academic and administrative leadership while representing the School to a wide range of campus and professional constituencies. The School is especially interested in attracting candidates with strong academic and professional credentials (earned doctorate strongly preferred) and national reputation, as well as proven leadership skills, vision, and a successful record of administrative experience in an academic unit/program. The qualifications of candidates should also include a strong record of and continuing commitment to scholarly and professional achievement commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor in the School and commitment to the School’s dual-track (academic and professional) faculty tenure and promotion system. Experience with the development of online degree programs and innovative programs is a plus. The Director should also share the College’s focus on enhancing and supporting diversity. The Director should demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with the Director of the School of Library and Information Science and College leadership, and commitment to (and ideally experience with) maintaining the School’s accreditation with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). The anticipated start date for the position is August 2019.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in six major areas of study–journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, visual communications and mass communications. The School also confers the Master of Arts, Master of Mass Communication and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The School enrolls approximately 1,600 undergraduate and 50 graduate students annually. The School has enjoyed consistent and sustained growth in its accomplishments in academic and professional areas. In 2015, the School moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of campus, next to the University’s historic Horseshoe. Information about the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the University of South Carolina, the Columbia area and the state of South Carolina is available on the School’s website: http://www.jour.sc.edu.
The College of Information and Communications is home to two nationally recognized flagship schools providing outstanding education, research and service. As such, it is one of only a few universities to combine its communications and information science programs, two rapidly evolving – and converging – fields united by a shared belief that information accessibility and integrity is the cornerstone of a strong democracy. The College has approximately 1,700 undergraduates, 400 graduates, and over 68 faculty members. New assets available to faculty and students in both schools include a social media insights lab and funding for a new research lab—both are designed to study issues related to data, media and their impact on society.
The University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 35,000 students. USC Columbia offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional program levels. Founded in 1801, it is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities and is one of only 32 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in both research activity and community engagement. South Carolina’s capital city is currently undergoing a number of urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities. It is located within convenient proximity to several other large metropolitan areas, including Charleston (S.C.), Greenville (S.C.) and Charlotte (N.C.).
Applications and Nominations: Nominations and applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest can be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted by March 15, 2019 to:
The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.