Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Journalism (Multiple Positions)

University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)

Posted 3 weeks ago

The University of Arizona School of Journalism invites applications for three full-time positions: one full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor, and two full-time non-tenure-eligible assistant professors of practice. We welcome applicants who specialize in one or more of four specialty areas: bilingual journalism, border and global media, digital innovation and entrepreneurship, and science and environmental journalism. The School of Journalism and the University of Arizona, located in a diverse, rich community just 60 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, highly value diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tenure-track assistant/associate professor (one position): Candidates should be enthusiastic about teaching and research. Candidates should have professional media experience, preferably in digital storytelling, utilizing audio, video, data, social media, still images and text. The University of Arizona values and encourages its professors to remain connected to the field through professional development and independent work. Applicants should address in their cover letter how their skills and research fit into one or more of our four expertise areas. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate their teaching capabilities and explain how their research contributes to the discipline’s body of knowledge.

Duties and responsibilities include: 1) teach two courses per semester; 2) research or professional scholarship activities commensurate with expectations at an R-1 institution; and 3) Service to the school, university, and profession, including but not limited to leading various programs and centers in the school.

Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Journalism, Communication or related field, or other relevant terminal degree, such as a J.D. or MFA, depending on research focus, at time of appointment. Also, must be enthusiastic about teaching and research, as well as collaborating collegially with faculty within and outside the school to conduct academic research, or, in some cases noteworthy professional journalistic publications or creative activity. Successful candidates shall have strong visual, writing, editing and communication skills in English, and capacity for communicating effectively with diverse constituencies on campus and outside of the university.

Preferred qualifications including previous teaching experience at the college or university level, a promising trajectory or record in a sustained research agenda, previous professional journalism experience, including multiplatform reporting, and fluency in Spanish or other languages, both written and verbal. Candidates are encouraged to apply even if they don’t meet all the preferred qualifications. We know there are great candidates out there who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

For more information and to apply, please see the online application at https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/13113?c=arizona. Screening of applicants will begin Feb. 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Hiring is expected to be completed in spring 2023, with a desired start date of August 2023. For more information, contact search committee chair Dr. David Cuillier at cuillier@arizona.edu

Non-tenure-eligible assistant professors of practice (two positions): Candidates should have significant media experience preferably in digital storytelling utilizing video, audio, text, data and social media platforms. Candidates should be enthusiastic about teaching and collaborating with other faculty and be innovative, creative self-starters. The University of Arizona values and encourages its professors of practice to remain connected to the field through professional development and independent work. We know there are great candidates out there who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

Applicants should address how their skills and experience fit into one or more of our four expertise areas in their cover letter as well as experience working in diverse communities and mentoring students or professionals. Finalists will be expected to present a vision for what journalism students should be able to do when they graduate, how the candidate would accomplish that in their own classes and where they fit in to the school’s specialty areas.  

Finalists will also be asked to make a teaching demonstration that highlights their skills and abilities.

 Duties and responsibilities include: 1) teach three classes per semester; 2) work with students to plan, direct, edit and publish multimedia work in the School of Journalism’s media outlets and enter it into contests; 3) network with professional editors and producers to place stories in outlets in Arizona and beyond; 4) assist students in making connections for internships and jobs; perform service/outreach/leadership to the School of Journalism, which may include leading various programs or center within the school; 5) perform service/outreach/leadership within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the University of Arizona. 

 Knowledge, skills and abilities desired include: 1) strong mentoring, visual, writing, editing, producing and communication skills; 2) well-versed in story development and storytelling for video, multimedia and documentary on various platforms; 3) familiarity with audio/podcast equipment and production; 4) familiarity with editing software, including Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition and Adobe Photoshop; 5) a team player who is collaborative, collegial and willing to work closely with other faculty members on innovative and creative projects; 6) capacity for communicating effectively with diverse constituencies on campus and outside of the university.

Minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field and at least three years’ experience as a multi-platform journalist. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in journalism or a related field, previous teaching experience at the college or university level, and bilingualism.

Apply Here. Screening of applicants will begin Feb. 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Hiring is expected to be completed in spring 2023, with a desired start date of fall 2023. For more information, contact search committee chair Michael McKisson: mckisson@arizona.edu

The School of Journalism, founded in 1951, offers a theoretical and practical curriculum, including rigorous training in writing, reporting and ethics for about 300 undergraduate students and 25 master’s students. The School offers bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and the Studies of Global Media, and master’s degrees in Journalism, Bilingual Journalism, and the Studies of Global Media. It also offers a Ph.D. minor in Journalism and multiple dual master’s degrees with other disciplines. The school is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. For more information, see https://journalism.arizona.edu/.  

The University of Arizona is the No. 1 research and development public institution in Arizona with a 46% diverse student body. It is a Hispanic Serving Institution and has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States, and WorldatWork, and the Arizona Department of Health Services has recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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