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Assistant Professor, Multimedia Storytelling

The University of Iowa
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies, Professional Fields, Journalism
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa seeks to hire a tenure-track or clinical faculty member at the Assistant Professor rank in the area of multimedia storytelling with a preferred focus on and commitment to working with historically marginalized communities (examples include, but are not limited to, communities defined by race, class, ethnicity, national origin, sexuality, and geography). Applicants may come from the world of journalism, strategic communication, or creative media. Professional experience producing multimedia stories is required, as demonstrated by a strong record of creative activity.

This position is ideal for a working professional wishing to transition into college teaching while maintaining professional output or a former/current professional who has obtained a Master’s or PhD interested in research or professional creative activities. Our School’s social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who in their scholarship, professional activity, teaching, and service demonstrate experience, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of marginalized communities and students holding a range of worldviews.
The expectations of tenure-track faculty are 40% teaching (2 courses per semester), 40% research or professional creative activity, and 20% university and professional service. The expectations of clinical faculty are 60% teaching (3 courses per semester), 30% professional creative activity, and 10% university and professional service. The appointment will begin August 17, 2022.

Education Requirement:
Tenure-track: Doctoral degree in Mass Communication or related discipline in hand by August 17, 2022.
Clinical-track: Master’s or doctoral degree in mass communication or related discipline.

Required Qualification:
Demonstrated professional experience in multimedia storytelling.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience telling stories about marginalized communities; University-level teaching experience.

Applications should be submitted online at (requisition #74238). Attachments to the application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and contact information for three references. Applicants should submit examples of their relevant work in multimedia practice. Questions should be directed to Associate Professor Brian Ekdale, Search Chair,

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021, and will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Located in Iowa City (population 70,000), The University of Iowa is the state’s flagship educational institution with more than 31,000 students and 1,700 faculty. The University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with roughly 400 undergraduate majors and 100 masters and doctoral students, is housed in the Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building and features the Moeller Media Research Lab. The School is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest of the university’s 11 colleges. Visit the School’s website at for more information.

The University of Iowa understands the link between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and excellence in education. As demonstrated by the University’s 2019-2021 DEI Action Plan, we embrace our responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members are able to realize their full potential. Faculty members in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication contribute to this mission by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that advance understanding of DEI, uphold social justice, and emphasize the value of global citizenship. As part of the application, candidates are required to describe their past, current and planned future efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in alignment with the University of Iowa’s mission and values in the areas of teaching, mentoring, research and broader impacts, or professional service. To learn more about the University of Iowa’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.

UI Resources:
We are committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff, which involves providing opportunities for employees to “Build a Career and Build a Life” in the Iowa City area. The University offers several benefits to support faculty in achieving a healthy work/life balance including domestic partner benefits, family caregiving leave, flexible spending accounts for dependent care and health care, and an automatic tenure clock extension when a minor child is added to the family. For more information about local work/life resources, including dual-career support, please see:

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