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Dean Search

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.


The College of Journalism and Mass Communications is an inclusive community of faculty and staff committed to providing a top-quality, hands-on education to emerging professionals in advertising, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and sports media and communications.

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The University of
Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, is classified within the Carnegie "R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity" category and is a land-grant university.

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The College of Journalism and Mass Communications

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Programs in the college have been nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications since 1972.

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Search Committee

Kathy Ankerson, search chair

Kathy Ankerson

Dean, College of Architecture,
Chair of Search Committee

  • John Bender | Professor, Journalism
  • John Shrader | Associate Professor, Sports Media and Broadcasting; Sports Media and Communication Coordinator
  • Trina Creighton | Associate Professor, Broadcasting
  • Brandon Nutting | Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
  • Matt Waite | Professor of Practice, Journalism
  • Katie Krcmarik | Assistant Professor of Practice, Advertising & Public Relations
  • Alex Fernando | Recruitment Coordinator, Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Jessica Fargen Walsh | Graduate Student
  • Will Bauer | Undergraduate Student
  • Margaret Holman | President, Holman Consulting
  • Paul Jarrett | Co-founder and CEO, Bulu

The Opportunity

The incoming Dean will have the opportunity to direct the vision of an energetic and engaged faculty, staff and student population. The new Dean also will enjoy the advantages of a growing endowment with strong alumni and media support. The college looks to an exciting future under the direction of an outstanding leader.

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The Candidate Profile

Candidates should have deep experience in and awareness of both the professions and academia. Candidates must have an abiding commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, as well as research and creative activity; success in leading diverse, multifaceted teams and/or organizations; the ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of constituencies both across the university and with external audiences; and the skill to develop a purposeful and compelling strategy that will distinguish the College of Journalism and Mass Communications as a relevant and valuable regional, national, and international resource.

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How to Apply

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to those materials received by Sunday, October 13, 2019. Applicants should go to employment.unl.edu and search positions using requisition number F_190154, click on "Apply to this Job" and complete the form. Submit application materials, which should consist of 1) a letter summarizing motivation, relevant leadership experience, and qualifications, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information for at least three professional references. References will be contacted only with permission from the candidate.

Questions and nominations can be sent in confidence, to:

Katherine Ankerson, Search Chair
Dean, College of Architecture
Professor of Interior Design
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
kankerson1@unl.edu

For questions and assistance with the application process, contact Ms. Jelena Gude, Faculty HR Specialist, at jgude1@unl.edu or by phone at (402) 472-3751.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.