Search begins for journalism and mass communications dean

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Search begins for journalism and mass communications dean

College of Journalism and Mass Communications
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Students sit outside the Andersen Hall, home of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. A national search for dean of the college is underway.

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor announced Sept. 9 that a national search for the dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications has begun.

A 12-member search committee has been appointed to oversee the search. The committee will be chaired by Kathy Ankerson, dean of the College of Architecture and is comprised of John Bender, professor, journalism; John Shrader, associate professor, sports media and broadcasting, sports media and communication coordinator; Trina Creighton, associate professor, broadcasting; Brandon Nutting, assistant professor, advertising and public relations; Matt Waite, professor of practice, journalism; Katie Krcmarik, assistant professor of practice, advertising and public relations; Alex Fernando, recruitment coordinator, journalism and mass communications; Jessica Fargen Walsh, graduate student; Will Bauer, undergraduate student; Margaret Holman, president, Holman Consulting; and Paul Jarrett, co-founder and CEO, Bulu.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations directly to Kathy Ankerson at kankerson1@unl.edu. Nominations should include the nominee’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information.

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications is an inclusive community of faculty and staff committed to providing a top-quality, hands-on education to emerging professionals in advertising, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and sports media and communications.

Programs in the college have been nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications since 1972. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to approximately 1,100 undergraduate and 75 graduate students. The college has 35 full-time faculty members plus a large number of highly qualified part-time faculty from industry. The strength of the college is exemplified by the success of its students and graduates and its numerous professional partnerships.

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college and will lead the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising and management operations that support the mission and vision of the college. The dean serves as the college's public voice, developing its reputation on the national and international stages, and within the profession. The dean reports directly to the executive vice chancellor and works with fellow deans and campus leaders in collaboration, support and commitment to the university.

More information about the position is available on the search website.