Assistant Instructor/Assistant Lecturer (Journalism)

Southern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 05, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary:

Assistant Lecturer or Assistant Instructor, dependent on academic qualifications, in The School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. This is a term, non-tenure track appointment.  Date of Appointment: August 16, 2021.

Established in 1947, The School of Journalism has 12 full-time faculty members who are accomplished scholars and professionals. The School of Journalism is a lab-based school where students have the opportunity to work for the school newspaper The Daily Egyptian, the Saluki AdLab or River Region Evening Edition.  The Daily Egyptian, established in 1916, has a rich history and has consistently earned prestigious awards.  The AdLab provides professional experience creating advertising for various businesses in Southern Illinois. River Region Evening Edition is a four-night a week live newscast on the PBS affiliate WSIU-TVThe School has specializations in Journalism, Advertising and Mass Communications. The School offers a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, an on-line Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication; a Science Journalism minor begins in fall of 2021. Our faculty guide students not only in the use of the latest technologies, but also in developing an understanding of the social, political and economic contexts of the media they produce and analyze. Within the next three years, a completely-renovated building with a state-of-the art converged newsroom will be built. Faculty and students work closely with the University's public radio and television stations, WSIU-FM & WSIU-TV, which are located in the building, as well as with the Department of Cinema & Photography and the department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in some combination of the areas of newswriting (print and broadcast), news and/or sports reporting, producing, and/or investigative reporting, and will work with student-produced news entities including The Daily Egyptian and River Region Evening Edition, a nightly broadcast news program.  They will collaborate with the staff of WSIU Public Broadcasting Service. The successful candidate will become an active member of the department and may participate in some service, recruitment, and retention activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

For appointment at the rank of Assistant Lecturer position, a Master's degree is required, in Journalism or a related field, and tested professional experience as a multi-media Journalist..

For appointment at the rank of Assistant Instructor, the applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism or a related field, and tested professional experience as a multi-media Journalist. 

Examples of tested professional experience include but are not limited to:  5 or more years at a top 30 news market organization as defined by Nielsen Digital Media Research, receipt of regional or national awards, evidence of effective prior teaching experience in a 4-year college setting, expert experience as a consultant offering workshops and/or seminars, and expertise in an area such as sports, science or other specialized subject.

For appointment at either rank, skills must include news writing, news and/or sports reporting, producing, multimedia journalism, and/or investigative reporting in a digital environment.  


 Preferred Qualifications:

More than ten years experience as a multi-media journalist, with five (5) or more years of experience in a top 20 news market organization as defined by Nielsen Digital Media Research or with a national news agency.

General Information - College/Department:

REQUIRED application documents include (1)Cover Letter/Letter of interest addressing your creative-research activity, teaching, and commitment to diversity and inclusion; (2)Curriculum Vitae; (3) Creative-Research statement and (4) Teaching statement. Items (3) and (4) should be uploaded as document type "Other" when prompted.


Applicants may also upload additional documents or examples demonstrating skills in news writing, news and/or sports reporting, producing, multimedia journalism, and/or investigative reporting in a digital environment. Applicants with an online portfolio or other material online should include a link to the URL.

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Other


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