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Company: University of Oregon
Position:
Dean - School of Journalism and Communication
Location:
Oregon
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
April 4, 2013
Job ID: 1473072

Description:

Dean
School of Journalism and Communication
Eugene, Oregon


The University of Oregon, a distinguished public research university in Eugene, Oregon, seeks applications and nominations for the Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. The School enrolls 1,800 undergraduate students who study journalism, advertising, communication studies, and public relations, as well as approximately 125 graduate students in specialized Master’s and doctoral programs. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to engage and inspire the students and faculty and accelerate the School’s progress toward becoming one of the nation’s centers of excellence for leadership in journalism, media, and communications for the 21st century.


Based on a scenic 295-acre campus in Eugene, in the beautiful Willamette Valley – just over an hour from the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade Mountains and the city of Portland – the University of Oregon (UO) is the flagship institution of the Oregon University System, a network of seven public universities across the state. UO is one of 63 institutions in the nation admitted to membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU). UO currently enrolls approximately 24,447 students, including 20,631 undergraduate and 3,816 graduate students, and offers 300 comprehensive academic programs. This is a pivotal moment for the new dean and the campus as the University’s new President, Dr. Michael Gottfredson, and Provost, Dr. James Bean, begin to develop and implement strategies that will ensure the continued growth, success, and prosperity of the campus’ schools, colleges, research centers and institutes.


Founded in 1916, the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is the only school of journalism and communication in Oregon and one of only a few in the Pacific Northwest. As it approaches its centennial celebration, the SOJC is well positioned to meet the challenges of a transformative era in media, journalism, public relations and communications. It has graduated 10 Pulitzer Prize winners and numerous other distinguished alumni. Regarded as a pioneer in digital media, its students were among the first to develop an iPad magazine which has been featured nationally and internationally. The School has developed a new core “Gateway” curriculum focused on multi-media storytelling and has achieved steady growth in enrollment. The SOJC also launched the George S. Turnbull Center at the university’s Portland location, and by January 2013, the SJOC will have moved back into its home in Allen Hall, which is nearing completion of a $15 million, 16,000 square-foot expansion and upgrade to a state-of-the-art facility.


The Dean will play a critical role in driving the success of the School, and will work with faculty, staff and students to evolve, and in some cases revolutionize, academic programs that will prepare the next generation of professionals and leaders who will thrive in the dynamic fields of journalism and communications. To that end, the Dean will be asked to address the following opportunities and challenges, which are detailed more fully in this document:
• Coalesce and engage the School’s constituents around a shared and integrated vision.
• Further develop a sustainable fiscal model for the School.
• Inspire, lead, and mentor faculty and staff.
• Ensure that the School delivers a transformative intellectual experience for its students.
• Knit together external relationships that will expand the reach and influence of the School.


The University of Oregon has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. All correspondence, including applications, nominations, and general inquiries, should be e-mailed to 4598@imsearch.com. Applicants should send the following separate documents: a detailed letter of application; a curriculum vitae or resume; and a list of at least eight references including complete contact information and a description of the relationship to the applicant. E-mail correspondence is strongly encouraged. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence. Julie Filizetti or Matthew Tzuker, Isaacson, Miller, 649 Mission Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94105-4128, Phone: 415.655.4906, Fax: 415.655.4905.


The University of Oregon affirms and actively promotes the right of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment at this institution without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any other consideration not directly and substantively related to effective performance. This policy implements all applicable federal, state; and local laws, regulations; and executive orders.



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