Director, School, Journalism and Mass Communication
Kent Campus - Kent, OH
To provide academic and administrative leadership for an academic school.
Additional Basic Function – if applicable:
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University invites applications for the position of Director. We seek applications from scholars and/or professionals who can lead a dynamic and diverse school, recognized nationally for excellence across all of its programs. JMC has received national attention for its one-of-a-kind Center for Scholastic Journalism; its deep commitment to media ethics through the Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop; strong support for nationally-recognized Kent State Student Media and, a rapidly expanding film and television production program which generates dozens of festival-quality narrative, documentary and experimental short films each year. Our current faculty include a Knight Chair, two Pulitzer Prize winners, a Columbia DuPont Award winner, an Academy-Award nominee and a former CIA senior intelligence executive. The School awards approximately $200,000 in scholarships annually and has an endowment of approximately $7 million, which includes the Wallace J. Hagedorn Endowment that generously funds scholarships and study away experiences for photojournalism students.
Examples of Duties:
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:
Develop, update, implement, and coordinate teaching, research, and service missions of the school.
Oversee budgetary, personnel, fundraising, and program activities of the school; coordinate faculty promotion, tenure, and reappointment reviews and make recommendations to College Dean.
Oversee development, implementation, and revision of new and existing academic programs; oversee curriculum development; coordinate faculty workloads; develop course schedule.
Represent and promote school within the University and external community.
Oversee student advising; may advise graduate and undergraduate students.
May oversee internship, scholarship, or grant programs.
May serve as building curator.
Serve on department, division, and University committees.
Provide leadership and oversight of a large/complex department (e.g., department with multiple units).
Perform related duties as assigned.
Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:
The Director is responsible for all matters related to the administration of the School, including academic programs, faculty, staff, students, facilities, budget, alumni relations and fundraising.
Master’s degree and significant professional experience or a terminal degree with a record of academic success as well as some professional experience. Qualifications should be commensurate to be appointed at the rank of full professor within the school.
Academic programs; fundraising, budgeting; personnel matters to include faculty relations and university governance; personal computer applications
Written and interpersonal communication
Provide leadership and direction; analyze situations and develop effective solutions
Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:
The successful candidate will have a proven record of leadership and professional and/or academic achievement in one or more of the disciplines housed in the school: journalism, advertising, public relations, and film/digital media production. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to furthering the role of the media in a democratic society through fostering professional engagement, research and support for the school’s national, award-winning student media.
Candidates should also possess a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as to global education. We seek a Director who is willing to innovate and collaborate. JMC is one of five schools in the College of Communication and Information (CCI), the only college in the nation to combine the disciplines of media, communication, information, design and technology. The JMC director is a member of CCI’s leadership team. The director also serves on the University’s Student Media Board. The Director reports to the Dean. The successful candidate must have an ability to initiate and support fundraising opportunities and partnerships and collaborations within the college and university.
Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments
Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:
Light work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.
Special Instructions Summary:
The position has an expected start date of July 1, 2020. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and vitae with a list of at least three references (jobs.kent.edu). Screening of applicants will begin on September 27 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (330) 672-2464.
JMC is an ACEJMC-accredited school with 28 full-time faculty members who serve approximately 700 undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate programs include Advertising, Digital Media Production (Film and Television), Journalism, and Public Relations. Graduate programs include an MA with concentrations in Journalism and Mass Communication and Scholastic Journalism and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication and Information (housed in the college). Award-winning and nationally-recognized Kent State Student Media involves approximately 700 students through 10 media partners that deliver news, information, advertising and entertainment across 34 outlets. Additionally, JMC students can gain professional experience at TeleProductions and IdeaBase, two service units within the college. TeleProductions is Kent State’s full-service video production center whose facilities include a fully digital high-definition satellite uplink/production truck. Among its many current initiatives is a partnership with ESPN3 and the MAC conference to livestream Kent State sporting events. IdeaBase is a student-powered design agency and innovation think tank that works with external clients in Northeast Ohio. It’s facilities include virtual reality cameras and a user response lab with mobile eye-tracking technology.
The Chronicle of Higher Education identifies Kent State as one of the Great Colleges to Work For (2018). The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranks Kent State among the nation’s top public high-research universities, and U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State in the coveted top-tier of Best Colleges (2019). Kent State is a comprehensive graduate and undergraduate, residential, Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University. It is located in Kent, Ohio, within 45 minutes of Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown. The university is the third largest in Ohio, with an enrollment on the Kent Campus of approximately 26,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
Must pass a security check.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit www.kent.edu/smoke-free.
The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.
Internal Number: 997967
About Kent State University
Kent State University's eight-campus system, among the largest regional systems in the country, serves both the development of a true living/learning approach at the Kent Campus and the regional needs on seven other campuses throughout Northeast Ohio.The Kent Campus provides the resources and facilities of a large, diverse Ohio university, while the Regional Campuses – Kent State University at Ashtabula, Kent State University at East Liverpool, Kent State University at Geauga, Kent State University at Salem, Kent State University at Stark, Kent State University at Trumbull and Kent State University at Tuscarawas - offer the friendly, casual atmosphere of small liberal arts colleges. Today, Kent State has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development locally and internationally as one of the premiere Ohio universities. Kent State is ranked among the nation's 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Liquid Crystal Institute, for example, conducts research that translates into technologies used globally in laptops, calculators and flat screen televisions.