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Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media Director

DePauw University is a top tier private liberal arts university dedicated to ensuring that its students achieve a life of meaning and means, and to fostering them to be the leaders the world needs. Founded in 1837, DePauw thrives on a beautiful and engaged residential campus that shares a dynamic, symbiotic relationship in the historic community of Greencastle, Indiana. The capital city of Indianapolis is just a 50-minute drive to the east on Interstate 70.


DePauw University seeks a full-time Director of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, with the goal of integrating its liberal arts education with contemporary media, building media literacy learning and experiential opportunities across multiple digital, interactive, modern and traditional platforms.

 Summary of Position

The Director of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media (Pulliam Center) will be responsible for developing one of the nation’s finest experiential learning programs in media leadership and literacy within a liberal arts setting. S/he will build and cultivate programming, skills development, internships, student organizations, and alumni mentoring and networking for a broad diversity of students from multiple disciplines interested in complementing their studies with media, journalism, and marketing skills, insights and experiences.

Position Highlights

  • Develop a renewed vision of the Pulliam Center that will strive to give students the innovative tools to tell important multi-channel stories.

  • Create an environment of discovery, entrepreneurship and innovation, and develop experiences, products and services for audiences on and off campus, embracing DePauw’s legacy media, with its unique traditions and history, as well as emerging media in the areas of audience development, content analytics and design thinking.

  • Oversee a broad media communications program that brings together a diverse curriculum, creative endeavors and global experiences to develop transformative leaders in media competency.

  • Partner with campus leaders to execute a vision, direction and strategic plan for the Pulliam Center that is inclusive of students studying in a variety of majors and programs.

  • Identify and cultivate partnerships within the industry among non-profits, foundations and private sectors.

  • Provide support to student-led media and advisors to help students achieve cross-platform competencies in Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media.

  • Establish strong relationships on campus with students, faculty and staff, and off-campus with media and industry thought-leaders.

  • Serve a vital role on the DePauw University Centers Council, coordinating projects with other Center directors.  The primary, externally-facing centers include: the Tenzer Center for Technology, the Prindle Institute for Ethics, the McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship, the Justin and Darianne Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement.

  • Collaborate with the Division of Development and Alumni Engagement, and senior alumni and board leaders to nurture external funding for additional resources that will contribute to innovation and impact.

  • Coordinate with the director of the Media Fellows program, housed in Pulliam, which provides highly motivated students extensive curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

 Candidate Qualifications

Candidates may come from diverse academic and/or non-academic backgrounds, PhD, terminal degree, B.A. or M.A. with significant experience in media, journalism, or marketing. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of liberal arts in media, journalism, and marketing.

  • Demonstrated understanding of journalists, marketers, story-tellers, and media consumers.

  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Demonstrated support and commitment to serving historically under-represented communities in higher education (first-generation, women, domestic students of color).

  • The ability to navigate an academic environment and develop cooperation from diverse stakeholders; ability to negotiate the complexities of organizational change.

  • Experience in creating strategic and operational plans.

  • Eagerness to engage with students and work closely with them to support their academic and professional development.

  • Public presentation and communication skills that can generate enthusiasm in others.


Please direct all nominations and questions to Anne F. Harris, Vice President for Academic Affairs at aharris@depauw.edu.  Please submit résumés, letters of interest, and additional materials  Interfolio 48413.

DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.