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Assistant Professor- Spanish-language Journalism and Mass Communications

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 15, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Media Studies, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Professional Fields, Journalism
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Full Time
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Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish-language Journalism and Mass Communications

School/Department Name: Journalism & Mass Communications

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule . See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2022

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021 or until filled.

Position Description

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites applications for a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Spanish Language Media. The person will oversee our Spanish-language multi-media journalism program. The selected individual would be expected teach a full-course load to be negotiated at the time of hiring.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications embraces the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, emphasizing cultural and intellectual diversity, the First Amendment, and the free flow of ideas. Our alumni include Pulitzer prize winners and work in top media outlets across the nation and world. Our students regularly win competitions and awards with the Journalism program amassing over 100 awards at national and state level over the past few years. The School embraces innovation in teaching and learning holding the University’s approach of Learning by Doing at the heart of our curricula and pedagogies. The faculty innovate in terms of practice and we are proud to be one of the few Journalism programs with an immersive storytelling lab in which students have produced award-winning 360 virtual reality news stories and short form documentaries.

The School of Journalism & Mass Communications and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

This position is one of several recruitments focused on Latinx/a/o experiences across campus, including fields such as Educational Counseling, English and Comparative Literature, School of Information, the School of Management, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Social Work, and more. Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines , along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate or Master’s degree with significant professional experience in Spanish-language media, by start date.
  • The candidate must be an experienced and innovative multi-media storyteller who speaks and writes Spanish and English fluently and must be experienced with reporting on Latinx/a/o communities and Latin American journalism issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate students in the following areas: news writing and reporting, television news, multimedia storytelling, Spanish-language journalism and Latina/a/o community issues.
  • Promise of scholarly or creative publication that fits into a clearly defined research agenda
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with diverse student populations
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess the following:
  • Ph.D., or MFA or equivalent terminal degree in journalism, mass communication or relevant discipline
  • Prior teaching at the college level
  • Ability to teach a variety of Spanish-language media courses
  • Competence in multiple modes of instruction (face to face, hybrid and/or online)
  • Expertise in digital-media journalism
  • Experience and success in community grant writing towards Latinx/a/o communities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach undergraduate courses
  • Conduct original research leading to publications and/or creative productions, programming and presentations.
  • Serve as advisor to the weekly Spanish-language cable news program, El Espartano Noticias , as well other Spanish-language news and feature publications and programming.
  • Have strong ties with Spanish-language media outlets and help with the placement of bilingual students in related internship and jobs.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments. [required]
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement. [required]
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • research and creative activity plans
  • work portfolio
  • three references with contact information or three reference letters
Inquiries should be directed to the Search Committee Chair John Delacruz at

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Advertised: October 15, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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