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Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Organization: Kent State University
Date Posted: 8/1/2019
Date Needed: 7/1/2020
City: Kent
Location: Ohio
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details

JMC Director


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.



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.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. Applicants should have a master’s degree and significant professional experience or a terminal degree with a record of academic success as well as some professional experience. The Director is a full-time administrator who holds a faculty appointment as a full professor with tenure.


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. Its 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

How to Apply / Contact

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and vitae with a list of at least three references (at Screening of applicants will begin on September 27 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., ( (330) 672-2464. 


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