The University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication
July 27, 2017
Full Time - Experienced
The School of Journalism within the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin invites outstanding applicants for the position of School Director and tenured full Professor, holding an endowed professorship. The Director will provide academic and executive leadership for the School, and will lead a widely respected faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and practice. The Director will provide vision and direction for a program and field in transition, as journalism education adapts to changes in the profession and the industry.
Established in 1914, the School of Journalism has long been recognized as a leader in journalism education, preparing its students to work in an ever-changing variety of media platforms while also grounding them in fundamental journalistic values and skills. The School’s mission is to “educate ethical, socially responsible, well-rounded and fair-minded reporters and producers of visual and verbal messages [and to] prepare students for lifelong learning beyond their first job by teaching them to be active participants in society who can critically consume as well as produce media content.”
The School’s faculty includes professionals who continue to contribute to and remain current with developments in their field, as well as scholars conducting cutting-edge research relevant to the profession and to a larger democratic society. In a recent evaluation by the ACEJMC, the School was praised for the faculty’s level of scholarly productivity, visibility in both academic and professional circles, and exceptional student-faculty relations.
The faculty, which includes internationally renowned journalists and scholars, gathers together diverse backgrounds and extensive experience in both the traditional areas of print, broadcast, and photojournalism and more contemporary genres, such as data journalism and multimedia journalism, including combined expertise in digital production (video, audio, text, and graphics) and in social media, mobile technology, and podcasts.
In addition to a large and innovative undergraduate program, the School has a highly regarded graduate program for students who intend to work as professional journalists or who are interested in teaching and conducting advanced research in the field. As of Fall 2016, the School had more than 550 students enrolled in undergraduate studies, approximately 40 working towards a Master of Arts degree, and approximately 40 students in the Ph.D. program.
Journalism is one of the five highly regarded schools and departments in the Moody College of Communication, one of the largest and most comprehensive communication colleges in the country. It benefits from its collaborations with Radio-Television-Film, Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Studies, and Communication Science and Disorders. For more information, visit https://moody.utexas.edu/.
The Director will be appointed as a full Professor with tenure and must therefore have a record of scholarly credentials and/or exceptional professional accomplishments in journalism appropriate for a tenured appointment at that rank.
The Director will have a keen understanding of the changes that journalism continues to go through with developments in technology, media, data, and disruptive business models. S/he will embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship fostered at the School, and will provide a confident vision for how to lead faculty, develop curriculum, and teach students to prepare for, take advantage of, and influence the continued evolution of the profession. Candidates who share the values expressed in the School’s mission are encouraged to apply.
Additional qualifications will include: (1) management experience, preferably within an educational environment, (2) a commitment to diversity within the profession and the School, (3) an appreciation for the merits of having a school of both professional journalists who have entered academia and research-focused academics, and (4) an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to experimentation with curriculum and ways of learning that make the School unique.
The Moody College of Communication has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this Director. Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest/qualifications and curriculum vitae/resume to: email@example.com. Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should be sent to the same address.
Applications received by September 30, 2017 will receive full consideration. UT policy requires that a background check be conducted on the selected candidate. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process.
The Moody College of Communication is committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, students, and curriculum, and it strongly encourages applicants who can help achieve these objectives.
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About The University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication
Established in 1965, with departmental roots reaching back to 1899, the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most comprehensive communication colleges in the country. The College was officially named the Moody College of Communication in November 2013, following a historic and transformational $50 million gift from the Moody Foundation. Comb...ined with the College’s previous endowments, the Moody Foundation gift created the largest endowment for the study of communication at any public university in the nation.
Moody College is comprised of five departments/schools: The Sam Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Communication Studies; Journalism; and Radio Television-Film. Moody faculty include nationally recognized teachers and scholars who conduct leading-edge research and are renowned for their accomplishments. Each of the College’s programs ranks highly in various publications and creative works, often within the top 10 programs in its respective field, setting standards for the entire communications industry.
Moody maintains deep connections to the various industries it represents through its diverse faculty, strong alumni base, and industry partnerships. Its new building, the Belo Center for New Media, builds on these strengths and promotes new models for communication research and education for the 21st century.