Assistant Professor of Journalism

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 21, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 075539 Job Title Assistant Professor of Journalism Location Syracuse University Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Hours

As determined by department chair(s) and the senior associate dean

Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications seeks a data journalist to join our team as a tenure-track professor to teach students in the Broadcast and Digital Journalism and the Magazine, News & Digital Journalism departments.

This full-time position will support the Newhouse School’s goal of producing data-literate journalists who can write across media platforms. This hire will elevate the University’s national and international reputation in data journalism, further interdisciplinary collaboration, and enhance recruitment of outstanding students.

The successful candidate will use data to tell stories, including some of the following skills: web development languages such as HTML5 and CSS, data collection and scraping techniques and programs (including Excel), knowledge of web-based data visualization tools, programming languages such as R, and an understanding of web/internet architecture. The successful candidate must also have professional news writing experience

Compelling candidates will indicate enthusiasm and promise for exemplary teaching, whether through prior teaching experience or similar professional roles mentoring/supervising young journalists.

The successful candidate will need to show potential for conducting academic scholarship or industry-related creative activity that will position the hire as a recognized expert in the field. Participation in service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and Syracuse University is expected.


Master’s degree or higher is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess curiosity and the ability to learn new technologies as they keep up with the dynamism of the ever-changing industry. The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to engage ambitious undergraduate and graduate and program students in one of the preeminent journalism schools in the country.

Primary teaching responsibilities include courses required of all journalism majors: foundations of data and digital journalism and cross-media news writing. Some training will be provided, but faculty members are expected to be independent, engaged learners.


In addition to an academic year teaching load, the successful candidate must pursue a research/creative agenda that brings national visibility to the School. Some financial support of these activities, such as membership in professional organizations and conference attendance, is available.

This faculty member will also engage in a variety of service duties, including academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students, school and university committee service, curriculum development and assessment, and community/industry outreach.


Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

Applications should include the following:
● Cover letter should emphasize prior university teaching experience or identify the ways in which professional experience will translate into the classroom
● Resume/vitae
● Portfolio website URL
● List of four references with knowledge of your work, including name, title, address and email/phone contact information for each reference.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by February 28, 2021. The search will continue until this position is filled.

About the Newhouse School

Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. The School is housed in a 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex that includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a 300-seat auditorium, a research center, an executive education wing, a café and many spaces for formal and informal meetings and collaboration among students, faculty and staff. A recent $18 million renovation of Newhouse 2 includes the Studio and Innovation Center. This center encompasses a high-tech entertainment production environment that rivals many Hollywood studios, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends and a top-of-the-line digital news center. This space provides the school with a cutting-edge media facility that gives students the best possible preparation for careers in the communications industry.

Beyond this, our school continues its tradition of attracting the best and brightest. Students are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. This year’s incoming freshmen earned an average 3.85 GPA .

To learn more about the Newhouse School, our students, and our majors and programs, visit

About the Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department

The Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department ( BDJ ) at the Newhouse School is regarded as one of the top training grounds for broadcast journalists. Newhouse BDJ alumni are employed at all levels of electronic journalism organizations around the world.

BDJ alumni help provide students with an employment pipeline into the professional world. The department has a close working relationship with a number of news organizations. For example, Nexstar Broadcasting Group is a partner with our Graduate Capstone experience in Washington, DC. BDJ students produce stories in our nation’s capital tailored for individual Nexstar stations around the country.

BDJ also partners with the New York State Associated Press Association to sponsor a biennial “State of the Field” workshop for media professionals and students. Newhouse BDJ students have done very well in national competitions over the years.

About the Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Department

The Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Department boasts a long history of accomplishments, innovation and leadership from faculty, students and alumni.

The Princeton Review routinely ranks our independent student newspaper, The Daily Orange, as one of the nation’s top college newspapers, and its reporters routinely earn awards from Hearst, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Collegiate Press. The campus features more than a dozen student-run magazines, and the school publishes a nationally acclaimed digital news magazine, Those publications also routinely win the nation’s top honors from AEJMC, SPJ, and ONA . Alumni work at the nation’s top news outlets and magazines, including The Washington Post, the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and top publications at Condé Nast, Hearst, and Meredith. Their work has earned multiple Pulitzers and many National Magazine Awards.

We maintain close ties with our alumni, who assist with benchmark trips, panel discussions, speaker events, and curricular innovation. We are a member of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s Campus Consortium and routinely support international reporting projects to the Israel, South Africa, Liberia, the Ukraine, and the West Bank. The department includes two endowed chairs — one in data and explanatory journalism and one in journalism innovation.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 01/21/2021 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 02/28/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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