The Department of Mass Communication at Xavier University of
Louisiana invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant
Professor of Mass Communication for the 2022- 2023 academic year
beginning August 2022. A Ph.D. in Mass Communication/Journalism,
with a background in Digital and New Media, is required.
The ideal candidate should demonstrate potential for excellence
in teaching and research with undergraduate students. Teaching
responsibilities include media writing and digital content
creation, media studies, and special topic advanced media courses.
Our Mass Communication department includes a traditional television
and radio station, digital content creation labs, a
multimedia/podcast suite, and a green screen room. Faculty also
direct students in a number of professional student organization
chapters. Our faculty members are both active scholars and media
professionals, who direct both funded research and pedagogical
projects with local and national media partners. Applications are
encouraged from applicants with a strong background in emerging
digital media, emphasizing content creation for digital media
platforms across mass communication fields. The department is
particularly interested in candidates who have experience working
with students from diverse backgrounds, minimizing barriers, and
increasing equity and completions rates between members of
different demographic groups.
- Teach undergraduate courses in converged and new media
techniques, media writing, and special topic advanced media studies
courses. Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, and/or
any combination thereof.
- Teach upper-level undergraduate courses in media criticism,
media research, media law and ethics, and special topics courses on
race, gender, and the media.
- Supervise and mentor undergraduate students in creating
professional media work samples and content for a senior portfolio
and for professional internships and opportunities.
- Develop and sustain an independent and active research
- Participate in service activities for the department,
university, and community.
- Ph.D. in Mass Communication/Journalism with an emphasis in
digital and new media.
- Ability to manage a 4-4 teaching load.
- Experience with developing new courses and teaching in both
face-to-face and hybrid/online course formats.
- Demonstrate a strong potential for excellence in teaching and
mentoring undergraduate students.
- Establish a record of research productivity, proportional to
experience, in Mass Communication fields of study.
- Demonstrate commitment to working successfully with a diverse
- Professional background or training in journalism, digital
content creation, social media, multimedia storytelling.
- Successful experience teaching undergraduate courses in media
writing and content creation.
- Successful experience teaching media studies/mass communication
to a diverse student body and knowledge of effective strategies
(e.g. culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogy, awareness of
issues that may affect the success of minoritized students)
supporting underrepresented groups in mass media careers.
- Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment
to developing and maintaining knowledge in emerging fields/areas in
mass communication education and teaching.
- A research agenda that complements existing department mission
- Experience recruiting and mentoring diverse undergraduate