Dean, UM School of Journalism

University of Montana
Feb 28, 2013
Mar 30, 2013
Human Resources
Full Time

The University of Montana invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Journalism. The School seeks an innovative, dynamic, and experienced journalist/administrator who will enhance and further its reputation as a national leader in education, scholarship, and outreach.

The Dean of the School of Journalism serves as the chief academic and administrative leader for the School and reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean serves as an Academic Officer of the University. The Dean’s primary roles are to provide vision and leadership in the School of Journalism and University and to foster a culture supportive of the School of Journalism’s core educational and scholarship missions, both internally and externally to the broader academic and professional communities, promoting excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.

Candidates should be creative and innovative leaders, with solid journalistic interests and credentials, and with administrative and leadership experience who understand local, national, and international issues facing journalism in the broadest sense. In addition, the Dean must be able to work closely with others, build consensus, and motivate the faculty, staff, and students to advance the School of Journalism and the University.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing the strategy and vision to advance the stature and visibility of the School nationally;
  • Overseeing effective fiscal and personnel management, including the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and diverse students, faculty, and staff; and
  • Building partnerships with potential donors and funding agencies; working with the School’s advisory council; and establishing national and international relationships with individuals, associations, corporations, universities, and state and federal agencies.
  • Advocating for the faculty, staff, and students both inside and outside the University;
  • Effectively representing the diversity of students, staff, disciplines, and faculty in the journalism and communication arenas;
  • Promoting and encouraging faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, outreach, and service.


Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to student achievement and faculty scholarship, have effective interpersonal skills, and possess the drive to move the School of Journalism forward nationally through excellence in the academic, outreach, and creative scholarship missions of the School and University. In addition, the successful candidate must be an excellent administrator with a proven record of vision resulting in the ability to achieve specific goals, set priorities, and allocate resources. Specific qualifications include:

  • An earned graduate degree in journalism, communications, or a related field with a record of teaching and scholarship meriting tenure as a full professor in the School;
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching, mentoring, and/or promoting journalism education;
  • Substantive experience in journalism, communications or related practice;
  • Evidence of professional and/or scholarly distinction and national/international recognition in the candidate’s field;
  • Evidence of effective administration of programs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to fundraising and building School resources;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex organization with skill and candor;
  • A record of effective leadership and management, with a commitment to ethics, openness, and diversity;
  • Effective communication skills and commitment to transparent budgeting and decision making;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster cooperation and consensus building;
  • An understanding of the current trends and issues in journalism.


The School of Journalism of The University of Montana is a nationally accredited program located in the scenic Rocky Mountains. We are one of the nation’s oldest schools of journalism and retain a strong commitment to professional training. We host 400 undergraduates, 24 graduate students and 12 full-time, tenure-track faculty members. Our undergraduates earn Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism with options in online, print, photo, broadcast news and broadcast production. Graduate students earn Master of Arts degrees in Environmental Science and Natural Resource reporting, specializing in sharing scientific discovery through their journalism. Our building – Don Anderson Hall – opened five years ago with the latest in digital technology. The school earned re-accreditation in 2012 from the ACEJMC.

The UM School of Journalism was the only accredited journalism program in the country to score in the top 10 in the writing and reporting, broadcast news, photojournalism, and multimedia categories in the Hearst Journalism Awards for the 2009-2010 academic year. In the past five years, UM students have won dozens of awards in Hearst, Emmy, Broadcast Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence competitions. Individual students have distinguished themselves by earning highly competitive fellowships, internships and scholarships including The New York Times Journalism Institute, the Poynter Institute College Fellowship, Eddie Adams Graduate Scholarship, Freedom Forum-NCAA Sports Journalism Scholarship, and the Dow Jones Internship.

TO APPLY: Visit, click “All Current Openings”, and then click the title “Dean of the School of Journalism (643-254)” to view the full job description, required application materials, and the instructions to apply online. Review of applications begins on March 25, 2013; applications received by that date will be given preference.

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