The University of Mississippi

Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Asst./Assoc. Professor

The University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media seeks an experienced, hands-on leader to grow the Master of Arts/Journalism and Master of Science/Integrated Marketing Communications programs. This visionary thinker is part of the school’s core leadership team, and will guide both our professional and academic graduate programs to new levels through effective recruitment, promotion, enrollment management, and operations oversight. This person must have a proven track record of growing graduate programs and will be tasked with developing new initiatives aimed at expanding our graduate footprint – this may include certificate programs, targeted employer-sponsored degree programs, 4+1 or similar programs in conjunction with other schools in the university and more. Must be familiar with curriculum development and assessment, advising and accreditation issues, as well as trends and challenges within graduate education.


  • Lead all graduate program recruiting and promotion efforts, which includes some travel and event attendance
  • Manage the graduate application process in conjunction with program leaders (including processes, admission decisions, deadlines, etc.)
  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive strategy for communication with prospects and existing students
  • Work with the university’s graduate school to ensure policies and processes are in accordance with that of the overall institution
  • Work with employers and industry professionals to align graduate curriculum with the needs of the market and develop new and innovative courses, programs and ways of delivering graduate education
  • Assume overall responsibility for graduate course scheduling and instructor assignments within the school’s collaborative process
  • Work with the school’s program leaders to identify and schedule courses that may be offered for both graduate and undergraduate credit
  • Explore accreditation for the school’s graduate programs
  • Teach relevant classes as needed for the graduate and undergraduate programs

Position Details
Appointment: 12 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Journalism, Marketing, Communications or related field
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in an academic leadership role
  • Minimum 3 years’ professional experience in journalism, marketing, communications or related field

Application Procedures

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Philosophy statement regarding graduate education
  • Transcripts (copies OK for application, official needed for hire)

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state’s largest university and is ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.