About the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For 143 Years, a Leader in Higher Education
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. UNL is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (formerly the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
A Strong Foundation
Always a place of high ambition, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the first institution west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees–the first was granted in physics in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology also was born here and the campus's botanical gardens and arboreta reflect that tradition. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, the University of Nebraska Press, and the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of twentieth-century American art in a building designed by Philip Johnson.
The College of Journalism and Mass Communications continues work begun in 1894, when the first course in journalism was offered. The College of Journalism and Mass Communications was founded in 1979 and reaccredited in 2010, continuing the uninterrupted era of full accreditation that began in 1954. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the nation's top public land–grant research universities with a commitment to exceptional teaching and learning. UNL was fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2007 and is preparing for reaccreditation in 2016.
Excellence in Undergraduate Education
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a research-extensive institution with an extraordinary focus on undergraduate education. Undergraduates learn from faculty who create new knowledge, who are leading scientists and scholars, and who care about students' success. In the fall of 2009, a new general education curriculum, Achievement-Centered Education (ACE), was launched for incoming undergraduates. ACE is built on student learning outcomes that answer the fundamental question, "What should all undergraduate students-irrespective of their majors and career aspirations-know or be able to do upon graduation?"
Several signature programs exemplify this commitment to undergraduate success. The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences Program (UCARE) connects faculty with more than 400 students annually who work collaboratively on independent study projects that advance new knowledge. The UCARE program is included in U.S. News and World Report among the 33 best university programs in undergraduate research. The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management develops leaders for this era of expanding information technology and business globalization. These students pursue an education balanced in technology and management while developing professional skills in leadership, communications and collaboration. The University Honors Program, with more than 2,000 students in all undergraduate colleges, provides an intense intellectual experience for top students in a major research university setting. One of the few honors programs in the nation where all students engage in research and prepare a thesis as a requirement for graduation, the UNL Honors Program's successes are noted by strong retention and graduation rates and a large percentage of alumni who graduate with distinction and compete successfully for admission to graduate and professional programs. UNL undergraduates also consistently succeed in prestigious national scholarship competitions.
Research and Engagement
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is deeply committed to continued growth in the breadth, quality and impact of its research and creative activity, building on regional, national and international collaborations. The citizens of Nebraska benefit from the knowledge and research generated by our faculty and students. This research-based service to our state is a feature that distinguishes UNL as a land-grant university.
UNL faculty are seeding major new initiatives, growing our creative activity, scholarship and research profile and nurturing strategic partnerships to address twenty-first-century challenges. One marker of its success is that external funding for research and creative activity at UNL doubled from 2000 to 2010, one of the steepest trajectories of any major research university. The campus is building on this momentum with an eye to the future. UNL is cultivating collaborations across disciplinary, institutional, state and national boundaries to solve global challenges, address national needs and enhance Nebraska's economy. The University is also expanding its international engagement through research agreements, faculty exchanges and student learning opportunities in strategically selected corners of the globe.
UNL faculty members are building partnerships with business, industry, community organizations and entrepreneurs to ensure that UNL research and creative activity remains a driver for Nebraska's economy. UNL's most ambitious undertaking is Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC). This private-public research campus is being developed adjacent to UNL and will offer a collaborative, synergistic environment where businesses and entrepreneurs work closely with faculty and students.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is enjoying a strongly positive trajectory. In Fall 2012, for the ninth-straight year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was among the top 50 public universities listed in U.S. News and World Report's annual evaluation of America's Best Colleges. UNL is ranked near the top third of all national universities both public and private, (tied with four others at 101st). For the second year in a row, UNL is featured among schools that focus on student success through enriched offerings. UNL is also listed in the ranking report among "A-Plus Schools for B Students."
The State of Nebraska has been relatively immune to the deep destruction of the real estate market and fiscal institutions that have decimated other states' economies.
Nebraska has managed to ride out budget problems with far less drastic measures than many states have undertaken. The forecast for the future is moderately optimistic and quite stable, opening strategic options for UNL that may not be available to other institutions.
In 2011, Chancellor Perlman announced an ambitious set of transformative goals that include adding 5000 more students to our campus, improving the six-year graduation rate by 10%, doubling the number of prestigious competitive awards won by our faculty and increasing total research expenditures to $300 million. This initiative also includes goals for increasing the number of tenure-track faculty members, other instructional faculty, professional staff, and graduate assistantships.
The faculty of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications have engaged in a planning process and declared college goals reflective of the ambitious agenda set forth by the Chancellor. It is an exciting time at UNL and in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
- Undergraduate and graduate enrollments have increased significantly while simultaneously enhancing the academic quality and diversity of the student body. UNL's enrollments are growing. Fall 2013 enrollment is just under 25,000, the highest enrollment since 1995. This fall we will enroll the largest freshmen class in University history. For the twelfth straight year, the freshman class academic profile increased. This freshman class's ACT composite average is over 25, and this is the most diverse class in our history with over 18 percent minority students. Nonresident students now account for 25 percent of all students at UNL. Graduate enrollment stands at 4,700, a ten-year high. UNL recorded 298,638 student credit hours in 2012, the third highest number in the history of the institution.
- Excellent faculty hires at both the junior and senior levels have transformed academic units, while also establishing new signature programs such as, digital humanities, math education, brain biology, and materials and manufacturing. The affiliation with the Big Ten Conference and prestigious Committee on Institutional Cooperation affirms UNL's stature as a major national research university and offers potential for dramatic advances in academic quality, research prowess and institutional reputation.
- In June 2012, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln launched “Plan Big” - the campus and landscape master plan, which will guide the University’s growth over the next 15 years and beyond. Evidence of the campus’ momentum can already be seen in the physical growth of the new nanoscience building adjacent to Jorgensen Hall, the new home of physics at UNL; new student housing under construction; the new East Stadium expansion that will house a the nationally prominent research initiative known as the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. Plans for a new College of Business building, enhanced student learning space in Love Library, a revitalized Memorial Mall, and others are also underway.
- The University of Nebraska Foundation is currently engaged in a $1.2 billion capital campaign, scheduled to close in 2014. The campaign is well ahead of schedule, including a recent $50 million pledge to establish the Global Water for Food Institute. Priorities include scholarship support for undergraduates, study abroad scholarships, and graduate fellowships; support for endowed professorships, research professorships and chairs; support for targeted and identified academic and research programs; collaborative and interdisciplinary programs; and support for campus facilities and infrastructure. The College's goal within this campaign is $8 million. The Foundation's current assets are approximately $1.5 billion. In FY 2012, the Foundation transferred approximately $110 million to the four campuses in the NU system.
- UNL enjoys strong public support from the citizens of the state. Nebraskans value higher education and recognize that education is the key to a strong workforce and a vibrant economy. Nebraskans view UNL as "their university" and are vested in its success. The "Big Red" phenomenon helps drive alumni loyalty but is not the sole factor. Big Red lifts Nebraska's visibility nationally and allows us to compete both athletically and academically. Nebraska athletes have earned more Academic All-American awards and NCAA Top Eight Awards than any other Division I institution.
- In 2010, UNL acquired 249 acres that formerly hosted the Nebraska State Fair to create the Nebraska Innovation Campus. The land is contiguous to the university's City Campus. The Nebraska Innovation Campus is a public/private research and technology development center that will attract business and industry interested in leveraging university research. The overarching goal is to harness the innovations of university researchers, create jobs and foster economic development.
The College of Journalism and Mass Communications
The College of Journalism and Mass Communications provides top-quality education to emerging professionals in journalism, advertising, public relations, and broadcasting. The College is an important contributor of education, research and outreach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The College graduates highly competent professionals who have acquired communication and critical thinking skills appropriate to to journalism, broadcasting, advertising, and public relations. The faculty holds true to the core principles of journalism and mass communication education and seeks to be leaders of the digital communications environment. Through excellence in teaching and research, the college educates ethical, socially responsible, well-rounded, and fair-minded graduates who will carry those traits into the world of work.
The strength of the college is exemplified by the success of its students and graduates and its numerous professional partnerships. The College is one of 11 chosen to be part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism and one of six selected for involvement in the Dow Jones News Fund editing internship program. The college is also a participant in the News 21 national program which provides multimedia journalism opportunities for students. Its students have consistently finished in the top 10 in the Hearst Journalism Awards annual competition and have been district National Student Advertising Competition champions the past five years and national champion in 2012. The student-produced documentary on Cuba received a Student Academy Award in 2004 and a documentary on Germany received the Robert F. Kennedy Award in 2008.
The college has been nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education and Mass Communications since 1972. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that prepare students for careers in a wide range of journalism, broadcasting, advertising, and public relations positions. Enrollment in the college is approximately 900 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. Students experience a variety of special learning opportunities including three freshmen learning communities; Jacht, a student-run advertising agency; KRNU, a student-run FM radio station; the Nebraska News Service, which provides state government coverage for smaller Nebraska newspapers and radio stations; two annual international photojournalism trips along with other international programs; investigative journalism activities such as the two Native Daughters projects documenting the lives of Native American women in Nebraska and Oklahoma; and the Drone and Mobile Media Laboratories.
- The new dean will enjoy the advantages of a growing endowment. The current University Foundation campaign has already exceeded the college’s $8 million goal with over a year remaining in the fund drive.
- The college enjoys strong alumni and media support and is housed in its own building.
- The college has 35 full-time faculty members plus a large number of highly qualified adjunct professors from the industry. The college faculty includes a Pulitzer Prize winner, a recipient of national Emmys in broadcasting, and a National Gold ADDY award honoree. Members of the faculty hold Ph.D. degrees from the universities of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas Tech.
- The journalism faculty includes veterans from Business Week, The New York Times, the Detroit News, the Miami Herald, the Denver Post, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
- The broadcast faculty includes individuals who have held key positions with ABC News and in stations in Detroit, Kansas City, Omaha, and Columbus.
- The advertising faculty includes former executives at Starcom Worldwide, IGN Entertainment, IBM, Bailey Lauerman, McCann Erickson, and the Nebraska Athletic Department.
- The incoming dean will have the opportunity to direct the vision of an energetic and engaged faculty, staff, and student population. The college looks to an exciting future under the direction of an outstanding leader.
About The Position
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applicants to lead one of the nation’s top journalism and mass communications colleges at a time of unprecedented change in the industry. The new dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications will have an extraordinary opportunity to direct the next generation of journalists, broadcasters, and strategic communicators and build upon an award-winning program that utilizes a rigorous mix of professional and academic resources.
The dean reports directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. The dean will join a very collaborative and supportive group of colleagues on the Council of Academic Deans.
By defining and implementing a strategic vision and guiding efforts to identify meaningful goals and initiatives as part of the larger institution, the dean will facilitate the development of a relevant and distinctive identity for the College. The dean will be expected to provide insightful leadership in raising funds and cultivating relationships with alumni and within the profession and in further developing the reputation of the college on the national and international stages. The dean fosters expectations for high-impact scholarship and research; effective undergraduate, graduate and professional education; and valuable collaborations with other colleges at UNL. The dean maintains a collegial climate supportive of excellence in teaching, research, and professional integrity.
Candidates should have a deep experience in and awareness of both the professions and academia, an abiding commitment to excellence of undergraduate and graduate education and research, 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. The dean must be able to cultivate academic programs that demonstrate professional relevance, impact and sustainability. A candidate must have a record of success as a leader whose credibility, communication skills, and consultative management style can energize a dynamic academic unit. Highly competitive candidates will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the academic enterprise that clearly informs their judgment and decision-making. Credentials must include an earned advanced degree and/or outstanding record of experience in the industry..
How to Apply
UNL offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate's background and experience.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates November 4, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations should be submitted well before this date.
Applicants should go to http://employment.unl.edu and search positions using requisition number F_130177, click on Apply to this Job, complete the form and attach a letter of interest, summarizing the applicant's personal vision and relevant leadership experience; detailed resume; and names and contact information for at least three professional references. The names of nominees and applicants will be kept confidential and references will be contacted only with permission. The names of the final candidates who come to campus for interviews will be made public.
Questions and nominations can be sent in confidence, to:
Jim O’Hanlon, Search Chair
Interim Dean of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For questions and assistance with the application process, contact Ms. Jelena Gude, Faculty HR Specialist at email@example.com or by phone at (402) 472-3751.