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Associate Professor of Journalism

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus: Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Norman, Oklahoma
Commensurate based on experience
Posted Date
Sep 8, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Journalism
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The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a senior Journalism faculty leadership position at Associate Professor rank to join our team that leads a growing and increasingly innovative journalism program. The appointment would begin in January or August 2023.

The successful candidate is expected to have scholarly and practical understanding of the purpose of journalism in society and the knowledge base to teach undergraduate and graduate conceptual courses in journalism, guide students through master's theses or projects and Ph.D. dissertations, and provide leadership for the Journalism Area, including involvement in ongoing course development as we implement a new journalism curriculum. The individual is also expected to make significant contributions to research and scholarship in journalism through high-quality publications and mentoring of graduate students. The candidate will teach two courses per semester with 40 percent of effort devoted to teaching, 40 percent devoted to research, and 20 percent to service. The successful candidate must be willing to work in a collaborative environment.

We seek an individual with expertise in areas including, but not limited to, journalism professional values and norms, sociology of news and media economics; an individual with a forward-looking perspective that reflects a strong grasp of the place of journalism and the nature of journalistic work in a digital, global networked environment. The position does not require an individual immediately out of a newsroom, but the successful candidate will be actively engaged in the current newsroom environment through research on these issues and/or engagement with journalists.

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. In its inaugural rankings of student achievements, the Broadcast Education Association has recognized the Gaylord College as the No. 2 program in the country out of more than 300 member institutions nationwide. Our students become storytellers, thinkers, creators and innovators, using their degrees from a college that provides endless professional opportunities in dynamic industries around the world.

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 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 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, truly a jewel of a community that is part of the greater Oklahoma City Metro. Visit for more information.



Required qualifications:


  • A Ph.D. and professional experience in digital journalism;
  • A demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate and graduate classes and a demonstrated ability to establish and carry out an agenda of high-quality research.

Application Instructions

Applications for the search will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2022 and 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, and 4) names, addresses, phone numbers, and email of at least three references. 

For specific questions about the position and application process, please contact search committee chair Dr. Elanie Steyn at

Applications should be submitted online via


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement 

 The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.


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