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Professor of Practice in Journalism

Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky, United States
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Feb 28, 2024

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Professor of Practice in Journalism

School of Media and Communication

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Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty, and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence. Our vision is that NKU will be nationally recognized for being a student-ready, regionally engaged university that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility. We will do this while promoting a culture of excellence, acting with integrity, fostering a community of belonging, working with creativity and innovation, and maintaining a climate of collegiality. In your role, you will be expected to ensure that students who interact with you have a high-quality experience that supports the vision of the institution.

Purpose of Position

The School of Media and Communication in the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University seeks candidates for a full-time, Professor of Practice position in Journalism. Housed in the state-of-the-art Griffin Hall, it is located only 10 minutes south of Cincinnati, OH. Students and faculty are connected to a region that provides a variety of internships, experiential media projects, and collaborative opportunities.

This position will meet a critical need in the School of Media and Communication by providing teaching and professional expertise in Journalism and serving as the adviser to The Northerner, an independent, student-run news organization, and Norse Code Radio, a student-run online radio station. The individual occupying this position will teach some combination of the following: news media workshop, advanced news media workshop, news writing, reporting, copy editing and design, digital publishing, multimedia journalism, data journalism, and media research. They should demonstrate excellent classroom abilities, along with strong media management skills and a working knowledge of media law. As part of the adviser role, they will provide oversight in budget management, mentoring, coaching, and instruction to students involved in Northern Kentucky University’s student media.
This full-time Professor of Practice position begins August 2024. Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

A complete application will require: a letter of application, CV, copies of recent teaching evaluations if available (qualitative and quantitative), references, teaching philosophy and a diversity statement. The diversity statement should provide the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional career. (In line with the University’s Affirmative Action Policy, candidates are not expected to disclose their identity or membership either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. Demographic information is solicited through the application process; however, those data are confidential and are not provided to members of the search committee.)

Questions regarding the use of the website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at .

Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Sara Drabik at . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:
· Teach a 2-2 load (fall-spring) of Journalism courses in the Media & Journalism Program with a focus primarily on journalism skills courses in face to face, hybrid, and/or fully online formats.
· Provide administrative support, guidance and coordination for The Northerner, an independent, student-run news organization, and Norse Code Radio, the student-run online radio station.
· Advise students on legal and ethical journalistic guidelines.
· Maintain a solid infrastructure and innovative business plan to grow and sustain student media with student leaders (and other stakeholders in student media)
· Maintain office hours in line with department policies.
· Attend required department-wide and college-wide meetings.
· Participate in course assessment, as needed.
· Establish and maintain working relationships with a diverse group of staff, students, and faculty.


Minimum Qualifications:
· Applicants with a Master’s degree or equivalent level of experience in journalism or a closely related field with significant professional journalism experience will be considered.
· Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and teaching effectiveness.
· Ability to teach current courses in our undergraduate catalog .
· A commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Experience in news writing and publishing.
2. Experience in multimedia or multiplatform publishing.
3. A record of successful teaching.

Any candidate who is offered a position at NKU will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

It is Northern Kentucky University’s policy to ensure equal employment opportunity for all persons and to take the necessary actions needed to recruit, employ, train, promote, and retain qualified faculty and staff, including members of protected groups. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic, or veteran status, is prohibited.

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Master's Degree

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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. References
  4. Evidence of teaching style and effectiveness
  5. Teaching Philosophy
  6. Diversity Statement 1
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NKU is a growing metropolitan university of more than 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati.

Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names.


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