Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month
November 28, 2022; open until filled
Required Application Materials
Contact information for three professional references
Statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion
The University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is seeking an assistant professor of journalism with an emphasis on reporting and writing—one who knows how to tell stories with impact across digital platforms and who can help us shape the next chapter of journalism education.
The ideal candidate could be a journalist with a master’s degree and a record of high-profile, award-winning work, or it could be one who holds a Ph.D. and has significant professional experience in journalism. In either case, the individual hired will help us shape the future of the reporting-and-writing core of our undergraduate major, teaching undergraduate courses focused on reporting and writing but with an emphasis on reaching audiences across a variety of digital platforms and innovative media possibilities. This individual also will contribute to teaching in our professional master’s programs in Eugene and Portland—and, as appropriate, in other areas of our undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. programs.
Within the journalism sequence in the SOJC, we build on a foundation of public service, social responsibility, and journalism’s fundamental role in a democracy. We aim to improve society through high-quality, impactful, and accurate journalism. For decades, a key hallmark of our program has been a renowned emphasis on deeply reported written stories, with courses taught by some of the best of the craft—the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, New York Times opinion writers, and bestselling nonfiction authors. We seek to build on this history by hiring a tenure-track faculty member with a demonstrated background of strong reporting and compelling writing. We believe the core of journalism presented on any platform begins with in-depth reporting and foundational writing skills that translate to an array of digital storytelling forms. The faculty member in this new position must demonstrate the creativity, innovation, curiosity, and digital savvy to help us chart a path forward as a destination journalism school. We need someone who can build journalism’s next chapter from the best of its recent past.
Beyond teaching, the ideal candidate will possess a highly acclaimed body of professional work and/or a promising trajectory of peer-reviewed research appropriate for the position of tenure-track assistant professor. They will also have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as to forms of service, mentorship, and leadership appropriate for a journalism program that emphasizes professional development, experiential learning, and community engagement.
Where possible, the ideal candidate will strengthen our School’s reach and reputation in one or more of the following areas of emphasis: news and storytelling for Latino/a/x groups and other underrepresented populations; public affairs and accountability journalism; science/environmental communication; sports communication; audio storytelling; and virtual reality.
The SOJC places a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Journalism students at SOJC participate in hands-on learning through a wide variety of faculty-led, course-based publications as well as through many independent student media (e.g., The Daily Emerald). The assistant professor hired for this position should be an enthusiastic coach who can help students find pathways to publish their work in professional news publications.
The SOJC recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of Allen Hall that includes an immersive media lab, podcast studio, social media analytics lab, broadcast/photography studio and screening room, and an e-sports broadcasting site.
The assistant professor hired for this role will teach 4 courses per year (then 5 courses after promotion to associate professor). They will be based at our Eugene campus, though with opportunities to teach at our Portland campus and/or in virtual/hybrid modalities as course needs allow.
Department or Program Summary
The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is an accredited research and professional school serving approximately 2,450 undergraduates and 150 graduate students both on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene and at the George S. Turnbull Center in Portland. Degrees offered are the B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., and Ph.D., as well as a minor in Media Studies. The School also supports the interdisciplinary major in Cinema Studies and interdisciplinary minors in Multimedia and Native Studies. The SOJC employs approximately 125 individuals as faculty and staff, more than 50 graduate employees, and approximately 50 student employees. Founded in 1916, the SOJC is one of the oldest journalism programs in the nation. The School recently opened the Experience Hub, bringing a range of new production facilities for social media, VR/AR, podcasting, and broadcasting.
• Master’s degree in journalism or a related field.
• Significant professional experience in reporting and writing: Those without a Ph.D. are expected to have at least 10 years of relevant experience and a record of high-impact, award-winning journalism; those with a Ph.D. are expected to have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience.
• A highly acclaimed body of professional work and/or a promising trajectory of peer-reviewed research appropriate for the position of tenure-track assistant professor.
• The ability to teach reporting and writing, with an emphasis on understanding digital audiences, platforms, and media innovation.
• Previous university-level teaching experience.
• An ability to strengthen our School’s reach and reputation in one or more of the following areas of emphasis: news and storytelling for Latino/a/x groups and other underrepresented populations; public affairs and accountability journalism; science/environmental communication; sports communication; audio storytelling; and virtual reality.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as to forms of service, mentorship, and leadership appropriate for a journalism program that emphasizes professional development, experiential learning, and community engagement.
About the University
The University of Oregon is an AAU research institution and a member of the Pac-12 conference. Located 110 miles south of Portland, the University of Oregon has an enrollment of 24,600. The Eugene metro area (pop. 375,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. We are about an hour’s drive from the Pacific coast and the Cascade Mountains.
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