Further talks between the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Susan King will be necessary before she accepts the position as dean of the school.
But Bruce Carney, executive vice chancellor and provost, said he is confident she will eventually take the job.
Carney said in a meeting of the Board of Trustees on July 26 King has been offered the job and the school is attempting to find a position for her husband, who teaches business law at a community college.
“We try to help spouses find jobs in general,” Carney said. “But we don’t put a lot of money into it.”
In recent years, more men and women in academia tend to have spouses in academia, Carney said.
The Board of Trustees will have the final say over King’s appointment. A new dean will likely not take the helm until Jan. 1.
King — who did not return several calls for comment — visited the campus with her husband and daughter on Aug. 8. She has visited the campus multiple times for interviews and to get to know the area.
Jean Folkerts, who stepped down as dean of the journalism school on June 30, said she knows King personally and is confident in her ability to lead.
She said the school has made great strides in the past five years to go digital and the new dean will have a lot of power in determining the next steps.