Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Position Announcement: Fordham University

Fordham University
Department of Communication and Media Studies
Chair/Full Professor, or Advanced Associate Professor

Fordham University, The Jesuit University of New York, invites applications for Full Professor (or advanced Associate Professor) and Chair of its Department of Communication and Media Studies. The position requires a Ph.D. in communication, media studies, or related area, and national recognition in scholarship.

The ideal candidate will
• have at least 3 years experience as department chair or equivalent
• be a dynamic leader who can effectively represent the multifaceted, interdisciplinary department within the university, with alumni, community, and media industries
• be capable of leading a unit maintaining undergraduate programs on two campuses, as well as a graduate program in Public Communications
• support colleagues’ intellectual and professional development
• maintain an open, encouraging, and inclusive environment for students, staff, and faculty
• exhibit excellence and passion for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels
• demonstrate a commitment to arts and sciences education
• show evidence of an ongoing program of scholarship that has earned national recognition within the field
• be able to contribute with distinction to one or more of the following curricular areas: Ethics, Law, and Policy; Media, Culture, and Society; Journalism; Broadcasting; Film; New/Participatory Media; or Public Communications
• have a track record of fund raising and grant writing.

Faculty in the Department of Communication and Media Studies represent a wide range of academic backgrounds, scholarly and professional interests. Serving a large number of undergraduate majors, the department offers programs in Fordham College at Rose Hill (Bronx), Fordham College at Lincoln Center (Manhattan), and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. The department’s MA program in Public Communications is offered through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The chair appoints three associate chairs from among the faculty, two focusing on undergraduate studies, and one serving as graduate director. The department chair sits “ex officio” on the McGannon Communication Research Center Board. The department also maintains the Walsh Digital Media Lab on the Rose Hill campus.

Located in New York, Fordham is ideally situated for the study of media, benefiting from the city’s vast resources. Media professionals are available for lectures, workshops, and as adjunct professors. Students may access a wide range of professional internships.

With over 14,500 students, Fordham's Carnegie classification is Research University (High Research Activity). In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Fordham's undergraduate program 53rd, placing it among the Tier 1 national universities, and the editors of Kaplan/Newsweek's 2008 edition of How to Get Into College Guide included Fordham University as one of the "25 Hottest Schools in America.” Fordham offers its students a highly dedicated faculty, a heady intellectual atmosphere, emphasis on ethics and social justice, and respect for all individuals, religions, cultures, and creeds.

Submit application electronically to Include (1) cover letter with qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) brief vision statement with leadership style, (4) sample scholarship, and (5) names and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2011 and continue until filled. Position available August 1, 2012. With inquiries, contact Tom McCourt, Ph.D., Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458. Fordham is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Fordham is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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