Director of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 27, 2019
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

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Position Number F65360 Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Professor Working Title Director of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture School/Unit College of Humanities and Sciences Department Robertson School Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Tenure Eligible Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture (formerly the School of Mass
Communications), founded in 1978, is one of the largest units of the College of Humanities and Sciences and one of the largest degree-granting entities at VCU . It offers a professional undergraduate and graduate education in an environment that values the strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences necessary for professional communicators combined with an emphasis on “make it real” experiential learning and required internships for almost all students.
The School of Media and Culture is one of only 118 select journalism and mass communication programs accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass
Communications. The school was provisionally accredited in 2018, to be reviewed in two years. ACEJMC notes that about 400 colleges and universities have such programs, while another 1,000 offer some kind of training. The school is made up of three undergraduate academic
disciplines of advertising (with concentrations in creative and strategic), journalism (with concentrations in digital [previously print-online] and broadcast) and public relations.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

Virginia Commonwealth University invites nominations, expressions of intent and applications for an exceptional leader to serve as the director of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and
Culture. The director will foster excellence in learning, teaching, research, creative activity,
institutional development and an environment of international connections through study abroad programs and graduate program collaborations. The successful candidate will support the School’s initiatives to move from “good” to “great” and embody the University’s and School’s shared vision to “Make it Real.”

Position Responsibilities

The director is the academic and administrative leader of the School of Media and Culture and will collaborate with all key stakeholders in defining the school’s strategic direction. The director will ensure the academic excellence of the graduate and undergraduate programs; promote the success of students, faculty, staff and alumni; responsibly manage and grow its fiscal, physical and professional resources; and represent it effectively and collaboratively within the University and to a
broad variety of external constituencies. This position will maintain confidentiality in all matters, including personnel, student, budgetary and strategic planning matters. The director must show wisdom and professional judgment when making long-term and day-to-day decisions that will directly affect students, faculty and staff in the School of Media and Culture.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an extraordinary record of individual professional and/or academic accomplishment and leadership in one or more of the Robertson School’s fields of study as well as a passion for advancing the professional and academic pursuits of advertising, journalism and public relations. It is required the new director possess a terminal degree from an accredited institution and preferred experience in both the professional and academic realms. Candidates are expected to possess either documented administrative experience and a record of success at the college, department chair, or school director level within one or more of the disciplines represented in the school or equivalent leadership experience and success within the advertising, journalism and/or public relations professions. For faculty at the associate professor or professor level who do not have extensive professional career experience, the faculty member will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department as well as a record of success in the classroom. Successful candidates will have attained distinction in and can exhibit evidence of: knowledge of their field; outstanding leadership and management ability; strong sense of vision and a record of implementing that vision; ability to enhance academic research and professional engagement; substantial administrative experience within a complex organization; commitment to and evidence of success in fundraising; and effective interpersonal relationship skills with groups and individuals both internal and external to the school and university. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the following personal qualifications and characteristics: the highest professional and personal integrity; outstanding listening skills; strong commitment to equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion; open-mindedness in dealings with others
and acceptance of diverging perspectives; capacity to bring individuals and groups with diverse perspectives to consensus and common action; ability to formulate, communicate and inspire others with a strong and clear vision; effectiveness in person-to-person and group communication
with students, faculty, staff and others; willingness to propose and consider innovative ideas and to take creative approaches to problem solving; poise, stamina and sense of humor; and
demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU .

Preferred Qualifications
Date Posted 11/26/2019 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2020 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search.
For consideration, all applications must be submitted through VCU eJobs and Greenwood/Asher.
Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately, and applications and nominations will be accepted until an
appointment is made; however, the priority consideration date is January 17th, 2020.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

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