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Assistant/Associate Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications

Employer
Washington and Lee University
Location
Virginia, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Journalism
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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Description

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University seeks a versatile colleague for a tenure-track position in journalism at the rank of assistant or associate professor with teaching and scholarly or creative interests in news reporting and digital storytelling. The appointment begins July 1, 2022.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selec­tive liberal arts college of about 1,800 undergraduate students located in Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley. The university affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Our department is committed to preparing our students for global communications by creating an educational environment that values diverse people and their ideas. Our new colleague will be expected to teach undergraduate courses for both journalism and strategic communication majors to prepare them to communicate with a variety of audiences. Likely courses will include Introduction to News Writing and Introduction to Digital Journalism, as well as specialty courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Experience with audio, video, or data analysis and visualization is preferred. To fulfill our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. We seek candidates who can effectively mentor underrepresented minority students.

Washington and Lee is ranked in the top twelve liberal arts institutions and Journalism and Mass Communications is one of the largest departments in the College. The department mentors a very active group of talented majors and minors, teaching many undergraduate students in classes capped at 15. We are committed to the development of an inclusive environment and strive to advance diverse perspectives and approaches within the department and its curriculum. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia. 

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Qualifications

Candidates should have substantial professional experience in journalism, including expertise with audio and video. A Ph.D. in mass communications or a related field and teaching at the college level are desirable. Candidates with a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications and significant professional experience are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • names and contact information for three references

Please upload all materials in PDF format to apply.interfolio.com/94524. Applications will be reviewed starting October 18, the posting will remain open, and candidates will be considered until the position is filled.  Please contact Professor Dayo Abah at Abahd@wlu.edu if you have any questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue. 

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