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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Director
Location Moscow
Division/College College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department Journalism and Mass Media
Employee Category Faculty
Classification Group Title Dept Head/Chair/Director
Tenure Tracking Tenure Track
Rank Negotiable (must be justified)
Interim/Term Appointment No
Multi-Year Contract (Non-Tenure Track) Not Applicable
Position Type Permanent
Pay Range $75,900 - $87,975 per year
Type of Appointment Academic Year
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Internal Posting?
Position Summary

The University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Media in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. This is a permanent, full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Associate Professor or Professor level depending on qualifications. Advertised salary range is including the 15% academic year administrative stipend.

The School seeks a dynamic and innovative director who values and promotes outstanding instruction, scholarship and creative activity, professional outreach, and interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with other units of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. This is an opportunity for a strategic leader to lead the Northwest’s newest accredited program in journalism and mass communication. The director will lead a media education while exploring new fields of study, including a possible master’s degree in emerging media.


Job Duty Function Departmental Leadership
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The director provides collegial, collaborative, and responsive leadership to the School and promotes the interests of the School in teaching, research and creative activity, and professional outreach. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Providing the strategic direction and vision for the delivery of quality, responsive curriculum and programs and supporting curriculum development and revision, including the possible development of a master’s degree in emerging media;
• Maintaining an effective and supporting relationship with the college’s dean and central administration;
• Preparing the School for an External Program Review (2018) and reaccreditation by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2019-2020).
• Recruiting and retaining highly qualified faculty, while supporting their professional development;
• Ensuring third-year reviews, tenure, promotion, and other issues are appropriately and timely conducted;
• Developing position descriptions and performing annual evaluations for faculty and staff;
• Supervising the administrative support staff and other temporary help;
• Managing departmental financial and other resources;
• Creating and fostering positive and collaborative relationships with other units at the UI;
• Ensuring that communication with faculty, staff, students, alumni and media professionals is timely and relevant;
• Overseeing the development of course schedules and faculty assignments;
• Promoting partnerships and developing internship opportunities with media outlets and other organizations in Idaho and the Northwest;
• Advancing the status of the School in terms of funded research and professional development for media staff members and journalists in the region.
• Coordinating activities to enhance student recruitment, retention and advising;
• Overseeing development and delivery of quality online courses.

Job Duty Function Teaching and Advising
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The director will teach one journalism or mass media course each semester in the school (any level); the specific course load will be negotiated annually with the dean. The director will advise a proportionate share of major and minor students in JAMM.

Job Duty Function Scholarship and Creative Activities
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The director will pursue and cultivate an innovative, funded, and nationally recognized program of scholarship, creative activity or professional outreach

Job Duty Function University Service
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The director will participate in departmental, college and/or university-level committees or participate in university governance.


Minimum Qualifications

• Education: Terminal degree in media, mass communications, or related field, including Ph.D., Ed.D., M.B.A., J.D., M.F.A., or terminal professional master’s degree in a media-related field (defined as a master’s degree in an applied media field that is the highest degree offered in that field).

• Experience: Significant academic leadership experience and scholarly record that would qualify at the rank of associate professor or professor, or significant professional leadership experience in a media management or leadership position.

Preferred Qualifications

• Academic Experience:
- At least seven years full-time experience teaching with an appropriate scholarly record
- At least two years of previous administrative experience in an academic setting as a director, chair, associate dean or other position
- Demonstrated quality of teaching, scholarship and leadership through the granting of tenure at another institution or equivalent experience;

• Professional Media and Management Experience:
- At least seven years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, advertising, broadcasting, social media or other media related field
- Professional media management or leadership experience, such as managing editor of a daily regional newspaper, film producer, station manager or account executive
- Demonstrated professional leadership through mentoring, teaching and contributions to improving the professional field; recognition and awards from national professional organizations.

OR, a balance of the academic and professional qualifications above

• Ability to articulate a vision for the future of media education, including strategic planning and hiring practices and program development
• Commitment to cultivating a culture of diversity, including recruiting and supporting diverse faculty and students
• Experience with external program accreditation, whether ACEJMC or other accrediting agency
• Experience with budget development and management
• Success in obtaining external funding
• Experience with outreach activities

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Posting Information

Posting Number F000605P
Posting Date 08/04/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

This position will be effective August 2018. Search Committee will begin reviewing applications September 29, 2017.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of References
  4. Research/Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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