Assistant or Associate Professor in Broadcast and Multimedia News, Storytelling and Promotion

University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

Posted 2 weeks ago

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department:
School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Department’s Website: journalism.uark.edu

Summary of Job Duties:
The School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Broadcast and Multimedia News, Storytelling, and Promotion.

The successful candidate should either have a strong record of significant refereed research or creative activity, or significant promise of such significant research or creative activity; relevant university or college teaching experience in TV news; professional experience in TV and multiplatform news reporting, news producing, multimedia storytelling and multimedia promotion, including on social media. Additional experience preferred in digital areas including podcasting, non-fiction film or video or social media or digital promotions is desirable.

This is a 9-month, tenure-track position. Hiring rank depends on qualifications.

Regular, non-disruptive, and reliable attendance is required as well as the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An M.F.A. or Ph.D. in mass communication, broadcast, journalism, film, or a related area from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the initial start date
  • One year of relevant university or college teaching experience
  • The ability to teach broadcast news courses including TV news reporting, TV news producing, multimedia storytelling and promotion, and related courses
  • One year of relevant professional experience in TV news reporting, news producing, nonfiction film or video, and multimedia storytelling and promotion
  • Demonstration of and a commitment to maintaining a program of national refereed scholarship or creative activity/publication/distribution, or evidence of future potential for maintaining a program of national refereed scholarship or creative activity/publication/distribution, in broadcast news, multimedia storytelling and promotion, non-fiction film or video, or a field relevant to the position
  • Experience in—or the potential for—building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research or creative activity, life experiences or service
  • The ability to mentor undergraduate, honors, and graduate students, including serving on or directing thesis committees and senior papers as well as other related duties
  • The ability to lead student journalists and majors in the School, in and out of the classroom, because mentoring and advising campus student TV journalists is part of teaching expectations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years or more of professional experience in TV news reporting and news producing, with experience in non-fiction film or video, and multimedia storytelling and promotion desirable. Significant relevant professional experience is desirable
  • Two years or more of relevant university or college teaching experience. Significant relevant university or college teaching experience is desirable
  • Two years or more, or more significant experience in leading student journalists and majors in the School, in and out of the classroom, because mentoring and advising campus student TV journalists is part of teaching expectations
  • The ability to teach in related areas such as podcasting, non-fiction film or video, or social media or digital storytelling and promotion
  • The ability to be an active, involved, and collegial member of a collaborative faculty team, the School of Journalism and Strategic media, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Arkansas, and relevant national service organizations

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Completed applications received by 11/25/2022, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Professor Larry Foley, at lfoley@uark.edu.

Applicants must submit: 1) a letter of interest (demonstrating how your strengths match the duties and qualifications listed above), 2) a complete curriculum vitae, 3) a diversity statement, which may include evidence of previous activities to promote and maintain diversity, equity, and inclusion, 4) an example of scholarship or creative activity such as a published or presented article or a draft of an article, or providing digital copies or a link to creative activity work posted online, 5) a statement of teaching philosophy, which may include evidence of teaching effectiveness (not to exceed three pages), and 6) the names, titles, addresses, and contact information of three references. (Transcripts will be required from finalists.)

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL
The School of Journalism and Strategic Media is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and media discourse. The School is nationally accredited by the ACEJMC or the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Our faculty members are accomplished professionals in their fields who are actively engaged in scholarship. For more information visit https://journalism.uark.edu

Additional Information:

Salary Information: Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply: Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Diversity Statement, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:Larry Foley, Search Committee Chair, lfoley@uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS   Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Completed applications received by 11/25/2022 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. To be considered, applicants will need to submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter/letter of application contact information for three references, examples of written research, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of three professional references (name, title, email address and contact number).

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. 

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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