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Assistant Professor of Mass Communication

Employer
Xavier University of Louisiana
Location
Louisiana, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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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.

Duties:

  • 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 agenda.
  • Participate in service activities for the department, university, and community.

Minimum Qualifications              

  • 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 student population.

Preferred Qualifications:             

  • 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 and goals.
  • Experience recruiting and mentoring diverse undergraduate students.
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