Harris Search Associates selected to lead the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communication Director search

The Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communication at the University of South Florida (USF) http://masscom.usf.edu/ has selected Harris Search Associates to lead the search for its next Director. 

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Zimmerman School Director search

About 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 of professional and scholarly credentials. The School is large enough for a "critical mass" of students who work collaboratively on projects in professional communications and media, but small enough for individual attention.  Accomplished faculty provide a balance of academic and professional credentials and emphasize hands-on instruction in advertising, multimedia journalism and production, and public relations. 

Students also benefit from relationships with on-campus organizations and departments such as University Communications and Marketing, the USF College of Health Sciences, the USF Department of Athletics, WUSF-TV, WBUL-AM radio, and the award-winning campus newspaper, The Oracle in the 13th largest media market in the country.

Students are also active in School of Mass Communication clubs such as the AdClub, the Walter E. Griscti Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) that provide extensions of classroom learning and the opportunity to network with professionals.  

The Z-School offers a B.S in Integrated Public Relations and Advertising (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 also 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 Visualization and 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.  For more information, please see the school’s Internet site at http://masscom.usf.edu/.

The Position 

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 has an anticipated start date of August 2019.  This is an outstanding opportunity for a creative leader at an exciting time in the continued growth of the School.

USF welcomes applicants with expertise from all areas of advertising and mass communications who will contribute directly to the mission of the School and who will help to boost the visibility of the School, both regionally and nationally.  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 build relationships with Zimmerman School alumni, and will enhance relationships with industry partners. 

The successful candidate will oversee the Zimmerman School’s budget, hiring, and personnel evaluation; guide curriculum development; create student media opportunities and partnerships; understand and respect faculty governance; and value contributions from research and practitioner faculty for their common commitment to the Zimmerman School’s success.

If seeking appointment as Associate or Full Professor, the applicant must have a PhD from an accredited institution 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.

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. 

The University of South Florida (USF) System, established in 1956 is a high-impact, global research system 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. 

Harris Search Associates - an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 50 offices in 33 countries worldwide.  Our practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine and commercial enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, hospitals, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery.



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