Dean: Graduate School of Journalism: University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. The appointment is effective July 1, 2007.
The School offers a master’s degree program that prepares students for the highest levels of journalism. The School’s purpose is to educate professionals to work in areas ranging from newspapers, magazines, and television to documentary film, radio, photography, and new media.
The dean provides academic, intellectual, professional, and executive leadership; maintains a collegial environment conducive to excellence in teaching, research and journalistic integrity; and takes a leadership role in raising funds and promoting relationships with alumni and the profession.
Applicants for this position should demonstrate an accomplished journalistic record consistent with a position in a news organization of recognized excellence. Top candidates will have a record of demonstrated leadership and administrative skills. Teaching experience is desirable but not required. The Dean may hold a professorship in the Graduate School of Journalism.
Nominations or applications will be given prompt consideration if received by December 31, 2006, but earlier submissions are strongly encouraged.
Applications should contain a letter of interest, detailed resume, and the names of at least three professional references. Nominations should include complete contact information, through either print or electronic means. Nominations or applications should be sent to:
Chair, Journalism Search Committee
University of California, Berkeley
109 California Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1500
Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a sensitive position and subject to a criminal background check.
As a member of this search committee, I find myself at sea. Here is one question, addressed to all journalists:
What skills would you think you needed to learn immediately if you were starting in journalism right now?
Here's a second question, addressed to everybody:
What does a good Graduate School of Journalism look like early in the 21st century?
Here's a third, Berkeley-specific question:
Berkeley has no fewer than four bureaucratic organizations that seem to be headed for the same place or at least overlapping places:
Should all four of these be merged? Should we search for a Journalism School dean who could--if things develop in such a way--be dean of such a merged enterprise?
Opinions of all kinds welcome...