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Visual Journalism Lecturer

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Media Studies, Other Communications, Professional Fields, Journalism
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Opportunity

The Journalism Department in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications (CJC) invites applications for a nine-month/twelve-month non-tenure lecturer to begin by Fall 2022. This appointment, renewable annually, has the opportunity for promotion to senior or master lecturer.

We seek an accomplished visual colleague who is:
  • Gifted behind the lens and committed to their role as a teacher and mentor.
  • An innovative professional and/or educator with the experience to teach the next generation of journalists to tell unforgettable visual stories and help them succeed in the fast-changing media landscape.
  • Nationally acclaimed in a distinguished specialization with the adaptability to integrate photo, video, multimedia, digital editing and social media into teaching.
  • Committed, with a demonstrated record, to sharing the authentic and inclusive stories of all members of our communities, particularly those historically underserved by our industries.
  • Well-versed in recent industry knowledge to guide students to publish on CJC’s news platforms and beyond, build distinctive portfolios, compete in Hearst Journalism Awards and other competitions and prepare for the business side of their careers.
About UF’s College of Journalism and Communications

Accredited by ACEJMC, the college has earned its reputation for excellence over the last half century on the strength of its programs, faculty, students and alumni; the stories they tell; and the difference they make around the world. The college provides immersive learning through the Innovation News Center, The Agency, frank gatherings, the Division of Multimedia Properties, the Summer Media Institute for high school students, extensive research offerings and many extracurricular groups and programs. Our 70 full-time faculty members and 175 part-time instructors serve in four academic departments: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Media Production, Management and Technology. We enroll about 2,500 undergraduates both in-person and on-line. More than 800 graduate students are earning master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the Department of Journalism online to learn more about our department.

Part of Florida’s flagship university, CJC is among the top colleges for journalism and communications in the world. Our faculty are collaborative and ambitious for ourselves and our students. We publish in top research and professional outlets. Our students are regularly recognized in national and regional awards including Hearst, College Photographer of the Year, SPJ, RTDNA and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Our engaged alumni, who lead newsrooms and report across the globe, have won 20 Pulitzer Prizes.

Our immersive teaching model trains undergraduate and graduate students on professional platforms to produce high-caliber news content for mass audiences. Journalism faculty collaborate with our colleagues across CJC’s departments on contemporary curriculum to prepare students for a wide range of careers. We also partner across disciplines among UF’s 5,500 faculty on projects that can range from college sports ethics to helping the world visualize climate change.

About the University of Florida

UF is ranked 5th among the nation’s top public research universities, driven by a preeminence strategy that has added 500 new faculty positions in recent years. Florida’s only member of the Association of American Universities, UF has a $5 billion annual budget and is included in the Carnegie Commission’s list of leading research universities. Our 56,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Located in Gainesville and surrounded by preserved natural areas, the 2,000-acre campus spans from UF’s historic red-brick core to a major academic health center, championship sports facilities and tech start-up district linking to the city’s lively downtown.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The College of Journalism and Communications is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment, preeminent scholarship, cross-disciplinary education, superior skills development, and collaboration spanning the science and practice of communication to produce significant societal impact on a local, state, and global scale. To learn more about CJC IDE efforts, please click on the link: .

The University of Florida seeks applications and nominations from a broad spectrum of individuals including women, members of diverse ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student community.

The City of Gainesville

As home to Florida's largest and oldest university, Gainesville ( ) is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. The city receives high marks for its K-12 schools and healthcare, and often makes national “ best places to live ” rankings. The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospital are the leading employers and provide jobs for many residents of surrounding counties. Gainesville is also the largest city and seat of government for Alachua County, which has a population of 269,000. The numerous parks, lakes, creeks and urban tree canopy help make the region one of the most attractive in Florida. Gainesville is central to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, providing easy access within a two-hour drive to beaches, theme parks and nature preserves. Explore Gainesville in 60 Seconds.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with experience

Minimum Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree in journalism or communications or a related field is preferred. Applicants must have at least five years of relevant professional experience. Preference will be given to applicants who provide evidence of teaching excellence.

The successful candidate must be committed to our diverse and inclusive environment and will serve as an instructor of undergraduate and graduate-level journalism and specialized topic courses each semester. S/he/they will also collaborate with news managers in the Innovation News Center (INC), our two-story, 14,000-square-foot hub for reporting and learning. The INC’s daily news, sports and weather operations allow students to produce for seven media properties including the local NPR, PBS and ESPN affiliates. The successful candidate should offer distinguished service to the department, college, university and profession. This search aims to highlight those who will help us continue to build our multicultural, pluralistic faculty and curriculum

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position was originally posted under requisition #82348. All previous applicants do not need to apply. Applications must include an electronic copy of the following:
  • A statement on commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching and mentoring;
  • A letter of interest outlining teaching approach and relevant professional experience and examples of published work;
  • Complete curriculum vitae;
  • Names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references;
  • The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time.
If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-4621 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

For additional questions or more information, please contact search committee chair Cynthia Barnett at .

Review of applications begins October 15, 2021 and continues until the position is filled.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

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