Assistant Professor, Electronic News - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Seeking candidates for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the newly merged department of Journalism and Creative Media. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a program of effective research or creative activity and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in electronic news.

The College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor for a newly formed department of Journalism and Creative Media. The successful candidate will conduct research and/or creative activity and will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in electronic news. The ideal candidate is a professor of practice with expertise in video and audio news production and the ability and eagerness to work closely with industry professionals. Candidates will hold a doctorate in communication or a closely related area before the start date.

The search committee desires candidates who can teach diverse newsgathering practices—fundamentals of audio and video storytelling, delivery and production across media platforms, advanced newscast production—at all levels of our curriculum. Ideal candidates will have experience utilizing social media and multimedia platforms in their work and in their classroom instruction. Furthermore, the hire is expected to help link the merged academic unit with the four professional media entities housed in the College’s Digital Media Center. Candidates should demonstrate in their application materials potential for superlative undergraduate and graduate teaching and for developing a program of research or creative scholarship suitable for tenure consideration. The salary is nationally competitive.

This newly merged department will house approximately 900 students seeking undergraduate or master’s degrees in Journalism or Telecommunication & Film. This department is one of four academic units in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. The College also includes a nationally ranked interdepartmental doctoral program, and the Institute for Communication and Information Research. The College’s Digital Media Center houses the professional production facilities of the state’s Center for Public Television and Radio, Alabama Public Radio, and WVUA 23, a full-power commercial television station serving the Birmingham market. The Digital Media Center also shares space with Crimson Tide Productions, the multimedia unit of the University of Alabama Athletic Department. The College’s School of Library and Information Studies offers an MLIS degree and an MFA in Book Arts.
The University of Alabama, established in 1831 in Tuscaloosa, has approximately 37,100 students, including 5,140 graduate students in more than 120 master’s and doctoral programs. The University has a 2015 Carnegie classification of “Higher Research Activity.” Tuscaloosa is a university-oriented community of nearly 115,000 residents about fifty minutes southwest of Birmingham, in the nation’s 45th television market. It is a short drive to the Smoky Mountains, Gulf Coast beaches, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, and Atlanta.

Additional information about the Department, the College and the University, is available at Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Michael Bruce (205-348-8657 – Inquiries are welcome. To apply, visit Attach application letter, vita/resume and names and contact information of three references.

The screening of applications will begin in February; however, applications will be accepted until the search is completed. The position begins August 16, 2016. UA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Attach names and contact information of three references in Other Document 1 if not included with vita/resume.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • Assistant Professor, Electronic News
  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Journalism
  • Media & Communication Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Other Communications
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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