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Professor and Endowed Distinguished Chair in Journalism

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

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Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
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Four-Year Institution
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Position Number 49840

Southern Methodist University invites nominations and applications for a Professor and Endowed Distinguished Chair who can provide visionary leadership for the Division of Journalism. The ideal candidate will have substantial media industry experience, proven leadership abilities in the worlds of journalism and higher education, and a thorough grasp of the evolving digital media landscape. The Chair is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Division including oversight of budget, scheduling, and curriculum; recruitment of students and faculty; annual review processes; hiring and renewal; coordinating tenure and promotion; and fundraising for scholarships, equipment, and student media. The Chair also teaches at least one course per semester.

Starting date: August 1, 2022

Minimum qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or other relevant field; at least 10 years’ full-time professional media experience; established administrative and leadership experience; prior teaching experience at the collegiate level.

Preferred qualifications: An advanced degree is strongly preferred. Additional preferred qualifications include professional experience in a major media market and familiarity with academic research.

Application materials, to be submitted via Interfolio at, include a cover letter highlighting the candidate’s qualifications and a current curriculum vitae. Candidates who advance to later rounds may be asked to provide references. The search will be conducted with respect for the confidentiality of applicants. Requests for additional information may be directed to Sandra Duhé, Chair and Associate Professor, Division of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750100, Dallas, TX, 75275-0100, or [email protected].

To ensure full consideration, the application must be received by October 15, 2021. The committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

The Division of Journalism is committed to training the media professionals of the 21st Century. Our program offers a major and minor in Journalism and a major in Fashion Media. The program trains versatile media professionals who can communicate across traditional and digital platforms including video, audio, and social media. The state-of-the-art Journalism Complex includes offices, classrooms, a digital newsroom, and a broadcast studio. The programs in Journalism and Fashion Media emphasize strong technology skills as well as the traditional foundation in writing, editing, critical thinking and ethics. We are situated in the top media market in the Southwest, and we emphasize teaching and scholarship in convergent media. Our students excel in developing critical thinking skills with an uncompromising commitment to fairness, ethics and professionalism. The Division also maintains several award-winning student media outlets including The Daily Campus website (, SMU-TV, and the SMU Look fashion magazine and website ( Learn more at

SMU is an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of teachers and scholars that values diverse research and creative agendas. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore Virtual SMU at SMU has a beautifully shaded campus of Georgian Revival-inspired architecture and is situated in the heart of Dallas. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a culturally rich arts and global business center, is home to many universities, arts organizations and Fortune 500 & 100 corporations.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].

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