Associate Dean, Media

at RMIT University

  • Advance learning and teaching quality, research relevance and industry engagement for the Media discipline
  • Full-Time, fixed-term for 3 years with underlying continuing Professor/Associate Professor position*
  • AUD $139,644 - $179,880 plus 17% superannuation, based at RMIT's CBD campus

About RMIT

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. The School of Media and Communication is home to a vibrant community of renowned practitioners, theorists and thinkers. It is one of only two Schools in Australia to receive a 'well above world standard ERA 5 ranking in the most recent Excellence for Research in Australia exercise for research in media and communication. One of its key research elements, the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) is a world leading Centre that offers a unique focus on the social, political and cultural implications of digital and mobile technologies for our daily lives. Internationally renowned for its cutting-edge digital qualitative methods, DERC excels in both academic scholarship and applied work with industry partners and other vibrant research labs in the School including the Non/fictionLab, a collective of scholars, writers and creative practitioners working with story, dialogue, poetics and partnerships, and the Screen and Sound research group, with links to the Australian Film Institute Research Collection (housed at RMIT). For more information please visit,

The Role and Your Responsibilities

Reporting to the Dean of the School, the Associate Dean, Media is a critical leadership and management role responsible for advancing learning and teaching quality, research relevance and industry engagement for the discipline. They will work across disciplines and schools to deliver effective learning and teaching and research outcomes. The Associate Dean is accountable for providing strategic and academic leadership and management to the discipline, consistent with the University and College strategic plans and objectives, and for contributing at a senior level to the strategic planning and development of the School. The Associate Dean is a member of the School executive team and will work collaboratively with all members of the management team and staff across the school to ensure the School achieves its strategic objectives.

Skills & Experience Required

To be successful in the role you will possess strong leadership skills and experience in leading academic teams in a collegiate environment to deliver strategic objectives. You will bring with you a well-developed understanding of budget management, quality management, and good governance. You will have discipline strength and a teaching and research track record in one or more of the programs or contextual streams. The discipline currently offers the following programs: Bachelor of Communication (Media), Master of Media, Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), Graduate Diploma in Journalism, and the Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry). There are also three contextual streams: Cinema Studies, Approaches to Popular Culture and Politics, Economics and Communication. A strength in Digital Communication would also be advantageous. The School will value your capacity to think strategically based on organisational priorities and objectives while displaying a high level of interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills. These skills will be required for your interactions with senior executives and external bodies and your involvement with cross disciplinary and cross-sectoral teams. Your leadership and expertise in learning and teaching along with your substantial academic, research and relevant professional achievement will contribute to the overall standing of the School both nationally and internationally. We are looking for a person to join our School who is creative, critical and ambitious in their approach to media and communication research and scholarship and the future evolution of the media discipline. We seek a person interested in building capacity within teams and who has demonstrable skill and interest in encouraging a collegial workplace as a forward-thinking leader. We are interested in candidates who demonstrate a global outlook, international excellence and high quality, high impact research, underpinned by supporting cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams who work with partners to address complex, real-world problems.


Mandatory: PhD.

Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

To Apply

If you believe this opportunity is for you, please apply below or visit RMIT Careers website For further information please contact Professor Lisa French, Dean of School phone +61 3 9925 3026 or email

Applications close 11:55 pm Sunday 29 September 2019.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria, as outlined in the relevant position description. * Please note, the substantive Associate Professor/Professor position will be assessed in line with your skills and experience. A position description for the substantive role is available upon request. RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Melbourne Victoria Australia

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