Director, School of Journalism & Broadcasting

Bowling Green, KY
Jan 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU's main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. In addition, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro through its regional campuses. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

The School of Journalism & Broadcasting

Housed in the Potter College of Arts & Letters, the School of Journalism & Broadcasting (SJ&B) supports nearly 600 students in four academic programs: Broadcasting, Film, Journalism, and Photojournalism. The School was re-accredited in 2016 by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The SJ&B is one of only seven Programs of Distinction in Kentucky. This designation enhances the mission of the School and provides resources for the Center for 21st Century Media, which includes the Continuing Media Education Institute and the Kentucky High School Media Institute.

WKU consistently places at or near the top of the overall William Randolph Hearst Competition, and has finished first in photojournalism in almost every year of the competition. Twenty-four of the School's alumni and faculty have been part of 16 Pulitzer prizes.

SJ&B features a student-run radio station and professional television and photography studios. Students are afforded extracurricular opportunities including our award-winning student newspaper, yearbook, newscast, and the Emmy Award-winning public television station and public radio network. The School is also home to a fast-growing Film program focused on narrative film-making with full production and post-production facilities.

The School is located in Mass Media and Technology Hall, an $18.4 million facility opened in 2003 - where students have access to state-of-the-art facilities including seven multimedia labs, a gallery, and a 275-seat auditorium.

Job Description:

Western Kentucky University's nationally recognized School of Journalism & Broadcasting seeks applicants for the position of School Director. The new Director will have a focus on local, national, and international journalism, will be able to engage an active alumni network, will work with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of disciplines, and will foster multi-disciplinary cooperation. Working with the School's 40-plus faculty, instructors and staff, the Director will provide the visionary leadership to maintain excellence and meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the evolving media landscape.

All candidates must demonstrate a vision for the future informed by a belief in the fundamentals of the profession, an understanding of the importance of journalism in the 21st century, and a commitment to the power of storytelling across multiple platforms. The School also prefers someone with a record of success in development, strategic partnerships, and industry collaboration.


  • An advanced degree in one of the School's disciplines.
  • Strong professional and higher education experience.
  • A record of scholarship and scholarly credentials appropriate for tenure and appointment at the rank of full professor.
  • Management experience, including working with large budgets.
  • A commitment to increasing diversity within the School and in the profession.
  • A clear vision for promoting the School on a national and international platform.
  • Prior teaching/instruction at the university level.
  • A commitment to developing a graduate program in the School.

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745 - 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted by visiting by March 1st, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.

For inquiries contact the search chair, Dr. Andrew McMichael, Associate Dean, at