As the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) enters its centennial year, the search is on for a dean who can usher the school into a new era of opportunity and transformation in teaching, research and professional creative work.
The SOJC has experienced unprecedented growth in the past few years. Enrollment has increased by 25 percent, and 30 new instructors have joined the faculty. The school cut the ribbon on a $15 million, 16,000-square-foot expansion and upgrade to Allen Hall in 2013 and opened the Agora Journalism Center at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center in 2014. And its faculty, alumni and undergraduate and graduate students have continued to garner national recognitions, establishing the SOJC’s place among the top journalism programs in the United States.
“It’s an exciting and pivotal time for the SOJC,” says Senior Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs Doug Blandy, who is leading the search with the assistance of Parker Executive Search. “We need a dean who who can engage, inspire and lead students, faculty and administrative staff as they rethink the future of journalism and communication education.”
The new dean will report to the provost and serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the school. The position also leads the school’s outreach and fundraising efforts, playing a crucial role in building strong connections with alumni, industry supporters and the academy.
“One of the school’s primary strategic goals heading into its second century is to enhance its impact on the national and international stages,” Blandy says. “We have an unprecedented opportunity to help shape the transformation of the fields of journalism and communication. That’s why we need a dean who is innovative and forward thinking, with a strong vision for strengthening existing programs and building new ones.”
The full position description is available on the university job board. The search committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled, and candidate screening will begin immediately. Please submit letters of nomination, applications and expressions of interest, by Feb. 19, 2016, to: