Journalism - Department Chair/Tenure Track Faculty - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518

United States
(2013 - 1343)


Detailed Job Description

The Department of Journalism at Quinnipiac University invites applications for a visionary individual to join the faculty and serve as department chair beginning in the Fall 2014. The department has more than 250 undergraduates, seven full-time faculty members and a talented pool of part-time instructors.  We offer classes in traditional print, broadcast and on-line journalism within the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center – a state-of-the-art instructional facility that includes a high definition television studio and post-production facility.

The Department of Journalism is a part of Quinnipiac’s School of Communications.  The School emphasizes a commitment to academic excellence, diversity, inclusiveness and shared governance and embraces the teacher/scholar model of higher education.  The School has approximately 1,000 undergraduate students in journalism, public relations, media studies, and film, video and interactive media. The School also offers graduate programs in journalism, public relations and interactive communications.

Quinnipiac University is a thriving private, coeducational, nonsectarian university with 6,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students, located in Hamden, Connecticut, approximately 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report, Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate and professional programs, including those leading to degrees in both law and medicine. At the core of Quinnipiac is its commitment to teaching and collaboration. Quinnipiac fosters partnerships among students and with faculty; it is a spirited, welcoming campus.

The new chair will provide strong, collaborative leadership to a department that is developing, expanding and implementing its multi-platform curriculum to prepare undergraduates for success.  The chair will also collaborate with the director of the graduate journalism program. The successful candidate will also help advise undergraduate students majoring and minoring in journalism.

The Chair will also handle the administrative aspects of the department including strategic planning, budgeting, and scheduling; assessing curriculum; and supervising and/or mentoring full-time faculty and part-time instructors. 

The Chair will teach two classes per semester, in addition to the administrative responsibilities listed above.  Candidates must be able to teach in one or more of the following areas: business/financial reporting; education reporting; opinion writing; entrepreneurship; cultural journalism; health and medical reporting; international/global media; or other relevant topics of personal expertise or interest.

Qualifications and Special Instructions to Applicants
Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must have a Master's degree in Journalism or a closely related field; a Ph.D. is preferred. 
Applicants must also have significant professional and academic experience in journalism. 
Demonstrated administrative skills and collaborative leadership experience is also necessary. 
For tenure, the candidate must have demonstrated scholarship, experience in teaching and advising students. 
Service to the university community is also required.

Applications must be made on-line and application materials must include the following materials only:
1.  a cover letter that clearly articulates a vision for departmental leadership and how you are qualified for this role;
2.  curriculum vitae;
3.  names and contact information for three references on the application form. 

For full consideration, candidates should submit complete application materials by September 30, 2013 but applications may be considered until the position is filled.

We will be conducting pre-interviews at AEJMC in August.  For more information about the position please contact Ben Bogardus at

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the university community and we welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity.

Job Code 2013 - 1343

Keyword Phrases

  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Reporting
  • Writing
  • Online
  • Media
  • Broadcast
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Department Chair
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume