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College of Information and Communications

Director Search

The University of South Carolina, Columbia, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  The School is part of the College of Information and Communications, which also includes the School of Library and Information Science, and the Director holds the position of Associate Dean of this College. The Director reports directly to the Dean of the College.

The Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is the top academic and administrative officer in the School. The Director oversees all undergraduate and graduate faculty and programs, staff, budgets, resource development and allocation. The Director provides academic and administrative leadership while representing the School to a wide range of campus and professional constituencies. The School is especially interested in attracting candidates with strong academic and/or professional credentials (earned doctorate preferred) and national reputations, as well as proven leadership skills, vision and management experience. The qualifications of candidates should also include a record of and continuing commitment to scholarly and professional achievement commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor in the School and commitment to the School’s dual-track (academic and professional) faculty tenure and promotion system. The Director should demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with the Director of the School of Library and Information Science, and commitment to (and ideally experience with) maintaining the School’s accreditation with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). The position will be available after August 1, 2016.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in six major areas of study – journalism, electronic journalism, advertising, public relations, visual communications and mass communications. The School also confers the Master of Arts, Master of Mass Communication and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.  The School enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 75 graduate students annually.  The School has enjoyed consistent and sustained growth in its accomplishments in academic and professional areas, and will begin fall 2015 classes in a new 55,000 square foot facility.

The University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 21,000 undergraduate students and approximately 8,000 students in graduate and professional programs.  USC Columbia offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional program levels.  It is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities, and is one of only 40 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in both research activity and community engagement.

Applications and Nominations: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on September 21, 2015. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and names of three references either by regular mail or as PDFs in an email to:

Director Search Committee c/o Nancy Twohey
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

The chair of the Director Search Committee is Dr. Jed Lyons.  Applicants may contact Dr. Lyons at: or (803) 777-9552.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.