The Next Five Academic Years – 2015 through 2020
In order to remain viable and a leader in the technology driven, fast-paced, and ever changing global communications landscape, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications must constantly re-invent itself as a pioneer in teaching, research and scholarship in mass communications.
JMC School students must develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and media management skills while learning how to master new technologies to meet media industry expectations. The 2013 gift of $8.7 million to the JMC School from Jack and Emma Anderson provides, in perpetuity, the resources for periodic upgrades of classroom technologies and faculty training on new equipment. This gift, however, does not permit funds to be used for hiring or faculty salary increases. JMC School continues to rely on the university administration to recognize and support the strategic hiring and development of faculty to broaden the scope, growth and academic mission of the program to meet changing times.
Five-Year Plan: Projections for Faculty Hiring and Retention Needs
To advance JMC School degree programs to meet the changing needs in media education, and to ensure the continuity of the school’s mission and priority commitment to diversity inclusion in all endeavors, we must prioritize the recruitment of faculty and staff with the requisite academic credentials and/or professional experience to meet the instruction needs of the school:
Schedule for conducting national searches and hiring JMC tenure-track faculty:
2015 Public Relations – Global Communications Specialist
2016 Social Media Research Director and a JMC School Assessment Coordinator
2017 Crisis Management / Global Terrorism Communications Expert
2018 Cross-Disciplinary / Cyber Security Expert for a joint faculty appointment with Food & Nutrition Sciences, Health, Economics, or Business.
2019 Big Data Analyst / Media Research Specialist