Assistant Professor - Journalism - Digital Reporting

University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 27, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Oklahoma

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Journalism – Digital Reporting


The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure-track Digital Reporting faculty position at Assistant Professor rank to join our team that leads a growing and increasingly innovative journalism program. The appointment would begin in August 2021.


The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in digital journalism and be involved with ongoing course development as we implement a new journalism curriculum. The individual is also expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high-quality publications and/or creative activities in journalism. Teaching may include cross-disciplinary courses that bring together advertising, public relations, journalism and creative media production students. The candidate will either teach two courses per semester with 40 percent devoted to research or three courses per semester with 20 percent devoted to research or creative activity. Depending on background, the candidate would also have opportunities to teach graduate courses and mentor students through master's theses or projects and Ph.D. dissertations.



A master’s degree and recent professional experience in journalism and digital reporting are required. A Ph.D. is a requirement for the research-intensive appointment, and preferred for the teaching-intensive appointment. All applicants are expected to have a demonstrated ability to establish and carry out an agenda of high-quality research or creative/professional activities.


Women and men of ethnically diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and Native Americans, are particularly urged to apply. The university welcomes the creativity and unique contributions that diversity offers to students preparing to work in a diverse society.


Application Instructions

Applications for the search will be reviewed beginning November 15 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should provide 1) a cover letter describing their qualifications and their vision and plans for this position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a one-page research or creative activity statement, 4) for those with a creative activity emphasis, access to a digital portfolio that demonstrates a range of work, 5) names, addresses, phone numbers, and email of at least three references, and 6) samples of student work if applicable. For specific questions about the position and application process, please contact search committee chair Dr. Elanie Steyn at Applications should be submitted online via ByCommittee (


The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication was founded in 2000, after a generous gift from the family of Edward L. Gaylord, owner of the Oklahoma Publishing Company. The Gaylord College is one of the leading centers of mass communication teaching and scholarship in the United States. The College has a state-of-the-art Gaylord Hall completed in 2004 and expanded in 2009. New faculty will take an active part in the growth of the College through superior teaching, innovative curriculum development, and notable research or creative activity. They will join a highly engaged journalism faculty that includes leading scholars and innovative practitioners. The College offers the BA, MA, and Ph.D. in journalism, advertising and public relations, and media arts and a master’s (MPW) degree in professional writing.


The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 32,000 students and has more than 2800 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. The city of Norman – with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living – is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit for more information.


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