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Assistant Professor - Sports Media Center

Syracuse University
New York, United States
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Date posted
Sep 7, 2023
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Assistant Professor - Sports Media Center

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
$75,000 - $95,000

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Syracuse, NY

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Job Description

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track position focused on Sports Documentary in the Television, Radio & Film Department to start August 2024. The successful candidate will teach sports documentary and content creation courses to students studying sports production, television and film production and directing and social media and will play a key role in supporting the Newhouse Sports Media Center.

  • Candidate should have significant professional experience in sports film and documentary writing and production.
  • The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate teaching excellence and bring experience and proficiency in at least one additional area of creative storytelling such as: Cinematography, lighting and design, social media graphic and content design.
Job Specific Qualifications

The faculty member will teach at least four classes in an academic year and will work closely with the Newhouse Sports Media Center to advise and develop further sports media and communications curriculum. Teaching is a core responsibility of the position. The ideal candidate must also demonstrate a measure of success in research and/or creative program that reflects active contributions to the sports media industry through:
  • Produced films or content published on social platforms
  • Creation of long form documentary films and/or series work

Primary teaching responsibilities include courses built within the Newhouse Sports Media Center including: SMC 423-623 Sports Documentary, SMC 403-603 Sports Content for Social Platforms, SMC 424-624 The Sports Media Pitch, SMC 422-622 Sports Production and courses in the Television, Radio and Film department including TRF 205 Sight, Sound and Motion and TRF 459 Documentary Production. The candidate should posses the ability to teach COM 117 Multimedia Storytelling if there is need.
  • The person in this role will also have the opportunity to teach and/or develop elective courses based on their expertise/background and should have a history of course creation.
  • Tenure-track professors are expected to pursue activities that will position them as a well-known expert in their field. The Newhouse School offers a variety of financial support that allows professors to pursue their scholarly endeavors.
  • In addition to an academic year teaching load and pursuing a research/creative agenda that brings national visibility to the School, this faculty member will also engage in a variety of service duties, including academic and career advising of undergraduate students, the management of a student driven industry partnership in both sports documentary and social content production, the development of a sports photography experience in conjunction with other department faculty, Newhouse Sports Media Center direct service in recruitment and marketing, school and university committee service, departmental curriculum development and assessment, and community/industry outreach.
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Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:
1) Curriculum Vitae/Resume
2) Cover Letter, expressing interest and fit for the position
3) One philosophy statement that addresses each of these three areas:
a. Teaching – The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of education it provides and its ability to get students job-ready Day One. Please describe your teaching interests and philosophy of how students best learn.
b. Diversity and Inclusion – Please describe how your past experience has prepared you to contribute to the School’s and the University’s strategic commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.
c. Research/Creative Activity - The Newhouse School values both scholarly research and creative activity. Scholarship can include peer-reviewed journal articles, grant procurement, conference presentations and book development. Creative activity can include, as examples, industry trade or consumer media/news articles, and media production, development or multimedia storytelling (photo/video, film, sound, web design, apps, scriptwriting). Please describe how your experience will help you contribute to the University and School’s commitment to research and creative initiatives.
4) List of at least three references with knowledge of your work
5) An optional field for your creative and research portfolio for consideration

For more information, contact Olivia Stomski, Search Committee Chair, Director of Newhouse Sports Media Center, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. Phone: 315-443-4065 Email:

About the Newhouse Sports Media Center

The Newhouse Sports Media Center( SMC ) at the Newhouse School is regarded as one of the most unique training grounds for broadcast and digital journalists, filmmakers, live and unscripted television producers, sports social content producers, public relations representatives and writers whom all focus on the sporting world. Newhouse SMC alumni are employed at all levels of journalism, production and athletic organizations around the world. SMC alumni help provide students with an employment pipeline into the professional world.

The SMC faculty are a diverse group of content producers, representatives and journalists with extensive professional experience and varied academic research and creative interests. We are passionate about training the sports voices of tomorrow. We require our students work very hard at developing their skills through academic and experiential learning. This requires us to work just as hard to give them what they need. Teaching in the SMC is not a step into semi-retirement.

The SMC faculty work with students in a myriad of experiential learning opportunities during the student’s time at Syracuse University. The professional interaction coupled with the academic interaction allows the faculty to fully endorse and mentor students as they join the workforce and during their internships. We have an excellent track record in building the Newhouse SMC alumni network while blazing new paths with the ever-changing landscape of sports.

The department has a close working relationship with several industry partners. For example, Nexstar Broadcasting Group is a partner with our Graduate Capstone experience at NFL training camps, Major League Baseball Network works together with the SMC to direct recruit and the NY Post has an ongoing digital sports video internship. Also, we partner with the Syracuse University Athletics Department, Little League World Series and the ACC Network.

To learn more about the Newhouse Sports Media Center, our faculty and our students, visit our website:

About the Newhouse School

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University trains the next generation of communications leaders, preparing students to not only enter a rapidly changing media industry, but to shape its future. Called one of the “very best schools” in its field by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications ( ACEJMC ) in an April 2023 reaccreditation report, Newhouse has been lauded for providing an excellent educational experience due to its outstanding students, faculty, staff, leadership and facilities, as well as financial stability and a deep curriculum. The Newhouse School is committed to expanding academic excellence through research and creative activity, as well as community engagement and professional opportunities to help students develop their skill set outside the classroom.
Newhouse is home to approximately 2,100 undergraduates, 200 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.9 GPA .

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to top-notch tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, a virtual studio that accommodates green screen production and state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit .

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.

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