Director, Peabody Awards & Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys
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Director, Peabody Awards and Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys

The University of Georgia invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Peabody Awards and Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys in the Department of Telecommunications, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The George Foster Peabody Awards, established in 1939 and first awarded for programs aired in 1940, recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by radio and television networks, stations, producing organizations, cable television organizations, digital media and online media organizations, and individuals. They perpetuate the memory of the banker‑philanthropist whose name they bear. The awards program was created at, and is administered by, the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Selections are made by the National Advisory Board upon recommendations of special screening committees of the faculty and students. The Director is a voting member of the Board. Archives of entries are maintained by the University Library System, providing a rich resource for students and scholars. The Peabody Awards have long been an important part of the research, instruction, and outreach mission of the Grady College.

The Director reports to the Dean of the Grady College regarding Peabody matters and has the overall responsibility for all Peabody Awards activities and for the financial management, promotion, and personnel administration of the program. The Peabody Office, which has three support staff members, is responsible for the yearly solicitation, evaluation, selection, and presentation of the Peabody Awards, including production of the awards ceremony. The successful applicant also will represent Peabody nationally and internationally, be responsible for engaging university and industry audiences in the Peabody mission, and lead fundraising for the program. The Director is a faculty member within the Department of Telecommunications and teaches one course per year.

The successful applicant must be eligible for appointment to the Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys, which requires appointment at the rank of professor to the faculty of the Telecommunications Department within the Grady College. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in mass communication or a related field or an MFA in a media-related specialty; exceptions to the requirement of a terminal degree may be made for candidates with an MA degree and with exceptional experience and accomplishments. The successful candidate must have a distinguished record of scholarly and/or professional achievement and a broad knowledge of contemporary media content and history. Candidates should have executive-level leadership in administering university programs or equivalent experiences in directing an agency or organization. Applicants also must have a strong commitment to the instructional, research, and service missions of the University of Georgia and of the Peabody Awards.

The salary is competitive and will be based upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Screening of applications will begin January 4, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply , please email a letter of application, your current vita, and the names and contact information for four references to Dr. Alison Alexander, Telecommunications Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Georgia at alison@uga.edu . For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Alexander at alison@uga.edu or (706) 542-1704.

About the Department and the Grady College : The Department of Telecommunications offers majors in Mass Media Arts and Digital and Broadcast Journalism. It enrolls approximately 400 undergraduate majors. Graduate MA and Ph.D. programs are offered. The Telecommunications faculty has extensive experience in the media industries, in research and in teaching.

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication have three departments -- Advertising-Public Relations, Journalism, and Telecommunications. With more than 50 faculty serving a controlled enrollment of approximately 1400 undergraduates and 100 graduate students, it offers the ABJ, MA, and Ph.D. degrees. The University of Georgia, the nation’s oldest chartered state university, boasts has more than 35,000 students, including more than 8,500 graduate students.

Learn more about the University of Georgia by visiting its home page at www.uga.edu . The University of Georgia is a land/sea grant institution located 90 miles northeast of Atlanta. Georgia is well known for its natural beauty and quality of life ( www.georgia.gov ). Athens, the home of UGA, is consistently rated as one of the nation’s best college towns in America and a wonderful place to live ( www.visitathensga.com ). Visit the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication homepage at www.grady.uga.edu .

The University of Georgia is an AA/EEO/ADA Institution

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CIP Discipline Code: Mass Communication/Media Studies Degree Levels: Doctorate Masters Position Type: Faculty
Required Qualifications Special Requirements: PHD IN MASS COMMUNICATION OR MFA IN A MEDIA-RELATED SPECIALTY

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