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Lecturer, Mass Media

Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 21, 2023

Job Details

Position Title: Lecturer, Mass Media

Department: Mass Media

Campus Location: Washburn University

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by February 29, 2024

Position Summary: Washburn University's Department of Mass Media invites applications for a Lecturer in Mass Media to begin August 2024. This is a full-time 9-month, non-tenure track position as a Lecturer.

Each selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Mass Media has about 130 students who major in one of three concentrations, advertising and PR, contemporary journalism, or film and video. Our small class sizes ensure not only deep faculty-student connections but also provide ample opportunities for innovative approaches to teaching such as community-engaged and experiential learning. The curriculum allows students to customize their learning pathways to embark on successful careers in a wide variety of fields. The position will be responsible for teaching foundational theoretical and application-focused courses to Mass Media students across all concentrations.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students. The Washburn campus is located in the heart of Topeka, Kansas, blocks from the historic state capitol. Topeka features affordable housing; beautiful, historic neighborhoods filled with well-maintained parks; and nationally recognized public library. It is also the home of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site.

Washburn has a student body of over 5,500 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first-generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

The ideal candidate will have media teaching experience, but entry-level candidates will be considered.

Essential Functions:
● Fulfill teaching expectations associated with non-tenure track appointments. Teach 12-hours per semester (either in-person or online, according to departmental needs) or an equivalent full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook.
● Teach and/or develop undergraduate classes and seminars as assigned and as dependent upon department needs, including MM 100 Intro to Mass Media and MM 199 Professional Media Applications.
● Fulfill service expectations associated with non-tenure track appointments by engaging in service activities in the department, university, and profession, including advising students both academically and for career purposes.
● Serve as an advisor for a student organization.
● Show commitment to a team-oriented department with curriculum-driven student learning.
● The faculty member would not be required to produce research and scholarship but would maintain an active profile in their field in ways that would enhance their teaching and advising of students (e.g. content creation, consulting, producing, writing, etc).

Required Qualifications:
● Master’s-level degree.
● Evidence of media production experience by the time of appointment.
● Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
Official transcripts due at time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Two or more years of teaching experience.
● MFA or other terminal degree in Media Studies or a related field.
● Evidence of proficiency (including certifications) in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and/or Illustrator.
● Evidence of proficiency (including certifications, professional recognitions, distributions, and film festival selections) with computer graphics programs such as Unreal Engine, Maya 3D, Cinema4d, or related software.
● Evidence of proficiency (including certifications, professional recognitions, distributions, and film festival selections) with sound recording, production, and editing.
● Evidence of experience in live streaming production.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please upload the following items as a pdf to the “additional document” field via the electronic application: 1. A cover letter that describes the candidate's interest in the position and how their teaching and experience relates to the content areas listed above.
Applicants should elaborate on their ability to teach within some of the specific topics listed within the content areas. 2. Link to a professional reel and/or professional portfolio.

Contact information for three current professional references will be collected as part of the application form. If you have questions about the position, please contact Sam Finch at

Background Check Required


Washburn University

Washburn is a top-notch university in an urban setting where students are becoming their best selves.

Nestled in the heart of Topeka - the capital city with about 127 thousand residents - Washburn offers students from small towns a big-city feel, while providing students from major metropolitan areas a more manageable environment.

Washburn's beautiful campus - on 160 acres - is easy to navigate with state-of-the art facilities. Our Tech campus on Huntoon offers industry-standard programs leading to in-demand jobs. And with our low student/faculty ratio and small classes, you're going to get to know your professors. 

Internally, we're organized into five schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the Business School, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our students to realize their full potential; we can't do it without our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Washburn University employs more than one thousand faculty and staff on our campuses throughout Topeka. We strive to offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive culture and healthy work/life balance. Washburn seeks to create an environment that reflects our core values: integrity, excellence, inclusion, accountability, respect, collaboration and innovation.

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