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Interim Director Named
Turner assumes interim director position
By Matthew Perry
As Dr. Matthew Turner is getting lesson plans ready, he has been putting his time and effort into something a little different.
“How you deal with administrative situations, who you talk to to get things done, what forms you need to fill out; there definitely is a learning curve,” said Turner.
Turner is now absorbing how to be the interim director for the School of Communication following Dr. Lynn Zoch’s decision to step down after serving as director for seven years.
Being selected to become the interim director is no easy task. The process starts with a faculty vote then the candidates interview with the dean and are finally recommended to the provost.
“My first love is teaching, so it’s something I’ve always seen my career being rather than administration,” Turner said.
“However they needed someone to step up and I was willing to do so and it is an honor that the faculty had that kind of confidence in me,” Turner added.
Turner said a search is underway for a new director.
The position for a new director will be nationally advertised later this semester. According to Turner, what the school is looking for is somebody with a vision for the future of the program and where media is going. Along with that, the school is looking for someone who is organized with good teaching and scholarship credentials as well as an understanding that Radford University is a comprehensive university focused on research and teaching.
Another position that will need to be filled is that of production professor since Dr. Joe Flickinger is retiring after the spring semester. “We are looking for someone that can teach video, audio, television, studio production those kinds of things,” said Turner.
It’s important for the school to find a professor quickly since things in the world of technology are constantly changing, Turner said. “When I first was here it was VHS and now everything is completely digital, so things like that have changed pretty dramatically.”
Beyond the searches, Turner said the school is also gearing up for a move.
“We are getting ready to move into a brand new building, with a whole bunch of new technology,” Turner explained.
This includes the process of moving all equipment into the new College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences building before next fall. The new CHBS building will have two Mac Labs, a convergence lab, an audio studio, a television studio, and editing labs for the School of Communication. The goal is for the school to be completely out of Porterfield and moved into the new building by the start of fall 2016.
With all these changes in the School of Communication, it will be a hectic time for many of the professors. However Turner, the husband, father, professor, and now interim director, believes he has the ability to keep everything calm and headed in the right direction through this transition.