The Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications at USF invites applications for the Director of the School. The new Director will be appointed with tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, or alternatively as Professor of Practice (see Qualifications for each below). The Zimmerman School seeks an experienced, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and engaged leader who will leverage the potential of the School, its faculty, its students, and the community into a leading program in the discipline. The position begins as early as January 2020 or August 2020.
We welcome applicants with expertise from all areas of advertising and mass communications who will contribute directly to the mission of the School, enhance its regional and national visibility, and guide a strategic vision for its success.
The successful candidate will provide leadership to further enhance the School’s research and external funding record, degree programs, and fundraising efforts. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring, will understand the skills and acumen necessary for a student to succeed in the communications industry, will build relationships with Zimmerman School alumni and others in the community, and will enhance relationships with industry partners. The successful candidate will oversee the Zimmerman School’s budget, hiring, and personnel evaluation; guide curriculum development; identify student opportunities and partnerships; understand and respect faculty governance; and value and motivate contributions from research and practitioner faculty for their common commitment to the Zimmerman School’s success.
QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience):
If seeking appointment as Associate or Full Professor, the applicant must have a PhD in an area of advertising, media studies, mass communications, multimedia journalism and production, strategic communications, and/or public relations, or PhD equivalent; a clearly defined and well-established research agenda; and a well-established reputation as a scholar. Previous administrative experience and successful extramural funding are desirable.
If seeking appointment as a Professor of Practice, the applicant must have approximately 15 years of successful industry experience in advertising, public relations, and/or news/entertainment media in positions of substantial responsibility, including supervision of employees, budgetary oversight, and managerial skills. Knowledge of and practice in contemporary digital media is desirable. A Master’s degree in a relevant field is desirable as is successful teaching in higher education.
In either case, the successful candidate should have the ability to teach in one of the Zimmerman School’s curriculum areas: advertising, media studies, mass communications, multimedia journalism and production, strategic communications, and/or public relations
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About University of South Florida
The University and the School
The University of South Florida, established in 1956, is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF-Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the top 25 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2018, the Florida Board of Governors designated USF as a Preeminent State Research University, placing USF in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.
The Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications
The ZSAMC, or Z-School, is the recipient of a major gift from advertising alumnus Jordan Zimmerman designed to create and deliver cutting-edge advertising curricula to approximately 1,000 pre-majors and majors served by 20 full-time faculty members with a broad range professional and scholarly credentials. The Z-School offers a B.S in Integrated Public Relations and Adve...rtising (IPRA) and a M.S. in Advertising. The ZSAMC also offers a B.A. in Mass Communications focused on digital news and production and a M.A. in Mass Communications or Strategic Communication. The Z-School partners with the College of Business for the “ZAP” 4+1 accelerated B.S./M.A. in Business Advertising and with the College of the Arts for an undergraduate Certificate in Design. Summer study abroad programs are designed specifically for IPRA Zimmerman students. The Z-School enjoys a collegial relationship with its sister program on the USF St. Petersburg campus, which houses ACEJMC-accredited bachelor's and master's programs in journalism and digital communication.