Michigan State University School of Journalism - School Director

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Position: 
Michigan State University School of Journalism - School Director
Job Type: 
Academic
Organization: 
Michigan State University School of Journalism
Location: 
East Lansing, MI, USA

 

The Michigan State University School of Journalism in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences invites applications for its next Director. Our faculty include Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winners as well as recipients of AEJMC and ICA’s most prestigious awards. We inspire the next generation of storytellers and scholars. The new Director will continue to value and foster contributions of all our Journalism School educators.

Our next Director will be a globally recognized scholar who brings dynamic and inclusive leadership to further the School’s award-winning work in research, creative practice, and journalism training. Qualified applicants will have a record of scholarship and credentials to justify appointment at the rank of tenured professor. Moreover, candidates must have a portfolio of administrative experience, external fundraising including grants, alumni and other external relations, budget management, and faculty and staff development. We seek someone who possesses an innovative mindset and a strategic vision. We value professional journalism experience and a willingness to engage with communities; media industries; and journalists. Our outreach begins with Michigan high school students and spans to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

The School houses the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism with its award-winning Great Lakes Echo news service, a $1.5 million state-of-the art newsroom, the statewide-syndicated Capital News Service, and the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. The School supports an extensive education abroad program supervised by faculty steeped in global scholarship. The Broadcast Journalism program recently launched a 24-hour campus television station, which includes weekly programming of award-winning sports and newscasts. It annually provides students with $200,000 in scholarships generated by its endowment. A recent survey showed that 92% of MSU journalism graduates indicated they work in career-related fields. Undergraduate students can specialize in Animation and Comics Storytelling, Broadcast Journalism, Documentary Production, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Environmental Journalism, International Reporting, Public Relations, Sports Journalism, and Visual Communication and Literacy. The School has a two-year M.A. program and a linked masters where undergraduates can complete the graduate degree in one year. Journalism doctoral students study in a unique interdepartmental and interdisplinary program that includes the Departments of Advertising + Public Relations, and Media and Information. For more information, please visit jrn.msu.edu and the Spartan Newsroom at news.jrn.msu.edu.

Required Degree

Doctorate -journalism, mass communication, or a rel

Desired Degree

Other

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. is required in journalism, mass communication, or a related field. 

Qualified applicants will have a record of scholarship and credentials to justify appointment at the rank of tenured professor. Moreover, candidates must have a portfolio of administrative experience, external fundraising including grants, alumni and other external relations, budget management, and faculty and staff development.

Required Application Materials

Candidates must submit: 1) a cover letter that includes information on fit, vision for the School, research interests, and professional experience, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information of three references.

Special Instructions

The position is a full-time, 12-month, tenured appointment, with an expected start date of August 2019 or sooner. Salary is commensurate with experience and academic credentials.  The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants by December 14, 2018 and will continue until an exceptional candidate is selected.

Letters of nomination or questions about the position may be directed to Esther Thorson (ethorson@msu.edu or 573-864-4521).  Applications must be submitted through MSU’s careers site (careers.msu.edu).

Review of Applications Begins On

12/14/2018

Website

jrn.msu.edu

Department Statement

The School of Journalism houses 27 full-time faculty members, 433 undergraduates, 12 masters, and 14 doctoral students It has been nationally accredited with ACEJMC since 1949. Its faculty and staff are committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible community. We value cultural and academic diversity. The School is interested in candidates of all backgrounds, who are committed to the principles of proactive inclusion. Experience mentoring and supporting faculty, staff and students from underrepresented groups in academia is particularly valued.

The School of Journalism is housed in MSU’s world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Established in 1955 as the first of its kind in the country, “ComArtSci” is now one of the largest and most respected colleges of communication in the world. ComArtSci combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and to influence the professional practice of communication globally. In addition to the School of Journalism, the college is home to the Department of Advertising + Public Relations, the Department of Communication, the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Media and Information, and WKAR Public Radio and Television.    

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Nov 5, 2018 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Nov 4, 2020 Eastern Standard Time