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Director Search

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 Mass Communications and Information Studies, which also includes the School of Library and Information Science and the Director holds the position of Associate Dean of this College. The Director reports directly to the Dean of the College.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has enjoyed consistent and sustained growth in its accomplishments in academic scholarship and professional areas and offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in five major areas of study – journalism, electronic journalism, advertising, public relations and visual communications. The School also confers the Master of Arts, Master of Mass Communication and Doctor of Philosophy degrees and the student body consists of 1,500 undergraduate and 75 graduate students. The faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications are viewed as innovators outside of the traditional classroom and leaders in study abroad education and service learning.

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 and provides academic and administrative leadership. The successful candidate will have strong academic credentials (earned doctorate required), a national reputation, leadership skills and management experience. The qualifications of candidates should also include a record of, and continuing commitment to, scholarly and professional achievement commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor in the School. The Director will be expected to demonstrate commitment to the School’s dual-track (academic and professional) faculty tenure and promotion system and to (and ideally experience with) maintaining the School’s accreditation with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). The position will require the ability to work collaboratively with the Director of the School of Library and Information Science.

We are proud of our research, educational and professional accomplishments and want to continue this success. We are looking for a proven leader who has the passion and ability to lead a talented and innovative group of scholars and educators to the next level and help oversee the transition to a new undergraduate curriculum in 2014 and our anticipated 2015 move to a state-of-the art facility located in the heart of the USC campus. The position will be available after August 1, 2014.

Applications and Nominations: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 31, 2013. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and names of three references either by regular mail or as PDFs in an email to:

Director Search Committee
c/o Nancy Twohey- twohey@mailbox.sc.edu
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Carolina Coliseum 4000
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

The chair of the Director Search Committee is Dr. Sandra Kelly. Applicants may contact Dr. Kelly at: sandra-kelly@sc.edu or
803-777-7610.

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.

 
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