Assistant/Associate Professor of Community Journalism
Location: St. Petersburg campus Full/Part-time: Full time, regular
Department: Journalism & Digital Communication (JDC)
Division/College: Academic Affairs/College of Arts & Sciences
Salary Plan: Tenure Track, 9 month-academic year
Salary Range: $75,000 – $105,000
The Department of Journalism and Digital Communication seeks a tenure-track assistant or associate professor with a sustained record of scholarship around issues of media representation; newsroom diversity; news organization-community partnerships; minority-owned media; international media; and related topics. The successful candidate will contribute to the Journalism Department’s Neighborhood News Bureau project, a community-based student newsroom in Midtown St. Petersburg, via research, service, and/or teaching. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching core classes focused on ethics, law, theory, and/or advanced reporting. Service-based contributions to NNB may include mentoring, coaching, and supporting NNB’s student reporters; advancing NNB’s relationships with local, national, and international partners; and promoting opportunities to engage with various audiences about NNB’s approach to inclusive and ethnic community journalism and education. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in reporting the stories of underserved communities or researching such efforts to increase understanding of how to bring these stories to the attention of broader audiences through online publications and other initiatives.
A terminal degree in journalism, mass communication, or a relevant field
A strong record of scholarship, including high-impact publications, related to media representation; newsroom diversity; news organization-community partnerships; minority-owned media; international media; and related topics
Experience developing collaborative community partnerships
Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor
Successful grant or contract writing or other fundraising expertise
A demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines and secure external funding
Expertise in local reporting focused on underserved communities
Proficiency with online teaching
Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply
About USF’s Department of Journalism & Digital Communication
For nearly three decades, USF’s Department of Journalism and Digital Communication has distinguished itself through the quality of its teaching and students, its innovations in the rapidly changing field of journalism, strong partnerships with local underserved communities, and deep ties to regional media organizations. Since 2004, the Department has been continuously accredited by ACEJMC, journalism’s national professional accrediting body. Our STEM-focused bachelor’s degree emphasizes digital literacy, visual storytelling, and data-driven news coverage alongside core reporting, writing, and critical thinking skills. In 2012, the Department established one of the country’s first online master’s degrees in digital journalism, and we continue to seek ways to provide innovative journalism education at a time when media literacy, civic discourse, and a strong, independent press have never been more important. Journalism and Digital Communication faculty explore journalists’ roles in promoting civic discourse, informing the public, and strengthening democracy. They employ quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method techniques in their applied research, with a focus on interdisciplinary connections to improve journalistic practice through more inclusive reporting bolstered by the latest technological advancements. The Neighborhood News Bureau, the Department’s working newsroom in Midtown St. Petersburg, provides a real-world laboratory to study contemporary audiences’ relationships with news, digital innovations’ effects on journalistic workflows, and trends in community journalism. The NNB also connects the Department to a historically underrepresented African American community, reflecting a long-held commitment to diversity and representation in news coverage, teaching and scholarship. A new concentration in scientific and medical reporting will build on the Department’s long history of science writing and strengthen existing relationships with the College of Marine Science, United States Geological Survey (USGS), Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Institute of Oceanography, and other scientific organizations across campus and the Tampa Bay region.
Information for Applicants
This position requires successful completion of satisfactory reference checks and a criminal history level one background check, consistent with USF policies. This position doesn’t qualify for sponsorship at USF. Relocation to St. Petersburg area is required. This is not a remote position.
Job Opening Number: 27333
Posting Date: 5/27/21
Posting End Date: 6/15/21 (11:59pm)
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