Department Chair of Journalism

University of Mississippi
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Aug 28, 2023

Position Description

The Department of Journalism in the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi invites candidates for the position of inaugural department chair to begin Fall 2024. Candidates must have demonstrated leadership experience, a commitment to teamwork, and a creative vision. Candidates with the credentials for appointment as a full professor are preferred.

We particularly seek candidates interested in a) developing the department’s strategic plan in consultation with departmental faculty; b) promoting and expanding curriculum surrounding new and emerging topics in journalism education (e.g. computing literacy, the emerging role of AI in journalism practice, etc.); c) supporting community news initiatives, and d) seeking external funding to support innovative new projects.

Responsibilities of the department chair include curriculum building, promoting faculty excellence in teaching, research and service, and course scheduling.

The School of Journalism and New Media recognizes both creative and research paths to tenure. The School offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications. The Journalism program, established in 1947, emphasizes the fundamental print and broadcast skills--writing, reporting, visuals—while constantly evolving to match the dynamic media landscape. Emphases and specializations include social media, sports, graphic design and public relations. With more than 250 majors, the Journalism program also features instructors with decades of real-world experiences in news organizations across the state and the nation. Learn more about the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi by clicking .

The School of Journalism and New Media is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. In recent years, the school has experienced exponential growth. Our Vision at the School of Journalism and New Media is of an inclusive, equitable and regenerative learning community for all people. The ideal candidate will be a critical part of realizing this vision and will help cultivate an environment for the school that promotes a commitment to diversity, inclusion and service to the greater community and to the profession.

Learn more about The University of Mississippi’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by clicking .

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
• A terminal degree in journalism, communication or a related field.
• Leadership experience in higher education.
• Demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and service.
• The qualifications to be a tenured professor at the associate rank or higher at hire

Application Instructions:
• A letter of interest summarizing the applicant’s qualifications and suitability for the position
• Complete curriculum vitae
• A vision statement for the department
• Names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references
• The search committee may request additional materials at a later time

* All materials must be submitted electronically no later than Nov. 15. Printed materials will not be accepted.

Applicants should direct questions to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Wes Jennings, Gillespie Distinguished Scholar, Chair and Professor of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies,

Position Details

Appointment (12 Month)

Assignment Type (Tenure Track)

Application Procedures

Combine the documents into two individual documents and utilize the "cover letter" and "resume" upload feature.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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