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Assistant Professor of Mass Communication (Journalism)

Sam Houston State University
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 30, 2023
Posting Details

Position Information

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Mass Communication (Journalism)


Assistant Professor

FLSA status

Hiring Salary

Commensurate with education and experience.

Position Category

Position Type
Full-Time Tenure Track

College of Arts & Media

Dept of Mass Communication

Open Date


Refer Applicants To

Contact Name
Dr. Marcus Funk (Chair)


Associate Professor
Department of Mass Communication

Contact Phone
(936) 294-3553

Contact Email

Position Details

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job

The Department of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University invites applications for an assistant professor of journalism.

We seek a promising scholar with potential for impactful scholarship and innovative teaching. This tenure-track position is open to the full range of journalism scholars. Quantitative, qualitative, critical/cultural and/or mixed methods approaches are welcome. There is no preferred theoretical framework. Scholarship should focus on some intriguing aspect of modern journalism production and/or media effects, particularly as they pertain to emerging media formats, democratic norms and/or traditionally marginalized communities.

The 3/3 courseload would blend existing journalism courses on public affairs reporting, copy editing and/or mobile and social media journalism with new classes created and launched by the assistant professor. The position may also teach graduate courses in our M.A. in Emerging and Social Media program.

The position begins in Fall 2024.

The Department of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University serves more than 500 students studying journalism, broadcast production, public relations, advertising and film. Located in the Dan Rather Communications Building, it is home to 90.5 The Kat, Channel 7, Bearkat Student Media, The Houstonian and the annual Heatwave Media and Film Festival. The department blends research-focused and practice-oriented faculty of various backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Located 40 miles north of suburban Houston, Sam Houston State University provides high- quality education, scholarship and service to qualified students for the benefit of regional, state, national and international constituencies. The university is classified as a High Research Activity university and a “Community Engaged” institution by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. SHSU serves over 21,000 students across three campuses in Huntsville, Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information, visit .

Educational Requirements for the Position

- A Ph.D. in journalism or a closely related field. ABDs will be considered provided a Ph.D. is in hand by September 1, 2024
- Experience teaching journalism courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
- Clear potential for strong academic scholarship

Experience Required for the Position

Preferred Qualifications

- Professional journalism experience
- Peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles
- Presentations at national or international academic conferences

Other Requirements for the Position

Special Instructions Summary

Open Until Filled

EEO Statement

EEO Statement

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

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Candidate Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Faculty)
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research & Goals
  5. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Writing Sample

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