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Assistant Professor Media Communication

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 14, 2024

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Type of Position:Faculty - Non-Tenure

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Regular

Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a dynamic, mid-sized public university that’s redefining higher education. We’re on a mission to provide transformative, hands-on learning experiences for students of all backgrounds and aspirations. Our multi-faceted approach to education offers a wealth of opportunities, with over 70 academic programs, including certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We’re committed to building a diverse community that mirrors Arkansas’s rich tapestry, reflecting our dedication to serving the state’s varied population while enhancing the quality of our institution.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life, and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10 percent of employee salary.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nestled along the Arkansas River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Old West at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, explore the eclectic local art scene, or take a scenic stroll along the picturesque riverfront trails. With a welcoming community, diverse dining options, and a thriving downtown, Fort Smith is the ideal destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking modern amenities.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.

Department:English, Rhetoric and Writing, and Media Communication

Department's Website:

Summary of Job Duties:The Department of English, Rhetoric and Writing, and Media Communication at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Media Communication beginning August 2024. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching classes within the Media Communication program, including Introduction to Speech. Applicants should be able to teach within a broad range of courses in multi-media journalism, social media, strategic communication, public relations, and/or media management. Candidates must have a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and scholarship. The position reports to the Department Chair of English, Rhetoric and Writing, and Media Communication.


Required Education and/or Work Experience: Minimum qualifications include terminal degree in Media Communication, Journalism or related field, with an emphasis on communication; plus two years of college-level teaching experience. ABD considered with firm defense date.

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: We seek an individual with experience as a practicing professional in the field of journalism, social media, communication, or related industry. We would be particularly interested in applicants who have expertise in multi-media journalism, social media management, interviewing, investigative reporting, copyediting, scriptwriting, and the potential to develop additional courses within the candidate’s area of expertise.

Essential Job Duties:
  • Responsible for teaching undergraduate courses, both online and in the classroom. Course load is 24hrs per academic year, or 12hrs per semester.
  • Assist with facility and equipment maintenance.
  • Create and maintain an environment which emphasizes learning, encourages free discussion of ideas and critical thinking .
  • Employ culturally responsive teaching pedagogies and approaches .
  • Evaluate progress of students concerning educational matters and grade student work.
  • Ability and motivation to foreground issues related to diversity into the curriculum.
  • Recruitment and retention of students.
  • Advise and mentor students, specifically during Fall and Spring Advising sessions.
  • Maintain an active program of personal scholarly advancement, including appropriate national and regional presentations and publication.
  • Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics
  • Service to department, college, and University, including committees and assessments.
  • Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates.
  • Requires consistent on-time attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues across related disciplines
  • Ability to work with local media.
  • Demonstrated abilities in effective pedagogical practices and strategies in teaching social media, strategic communication, public relations, and/or media management.
  • Knowledge of and skills in spans social media management and analytics, media writing across forms and genres, and new media public relations practices. Overlaps with Health Communication practices here a plus.
  • Knowledge of and skills in with a range of social media applications (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, TikTok, etc.) and Google Analytics.
  • Knowledge of and skills in with Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Premiere Pro Video, Audio for Video, and Motion Graphics) or comparable creative software applications.
  • Knowledge of and skills in media and/or strategic communication theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of and skills in student focused learning and teaching styles.
  • Experience in hybrid, blended, or online teaching.
  • Ability to engage students through the use of innovative teaching practices and teach students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to build an inclusive learning environment and participate in the support of student media.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Additional Information:

Working Relationships: Works with a diverse team of faculty, staff, and students to create a welcoming atmosphere for students and contains the rigor necessary to prepare students for careers in Media Communication or related fields. Understands the importance of inclusion in the classroom environment. Contributes to the diversity and equity culture of the Department. Able to address issues of race, class, gender, and representation in all of the courses.

List Employees Supervised: NA

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 50 pounds. Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm with occasional overtime and travel required

Background Check Requirements. Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check.

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:For full consideration, please apply by April 12, 2024.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Frequent Physical Activity:

Occasional Physical Activity:

Benefits Eligible:Yes



The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a rich, vibrant learning environment for nearly 6,000 students each semester. UAFS aims to build its reputation as a regional destination for high-quality, affordable education, where diverse groups of aspirational students and faculty thrive and excel.

For more than 90 years, the university has been a mainstay of Fort Smith with a history as unique as each student who ever enrolled.

Through dynamic academic programs, innovative research opportunities, and transformational centers of intellectual and economic development, UAFS will advance its community and become an institution renowned for educating and inspiring the ambitious students who call it home.


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