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Assistant Professor of Digital Media & Emerging Journalistic Practices

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please upload the following documents: a letter of interest identifying area(s) of expertise addressed to Marilee Long, Search Chair; a current curriculum vitae; a statement of research focus; evidence of scholarly engagement (such as publications or conference papers); a statement of teaching philosophy; evidence of teaching effectiveness (not to exceed five pages); and a list of references with current contact information. Graduate transcripts will be requested for semifinalist candidates. Application materials of semifinalist candidates will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the JMC department. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications must be received by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Assistant Professor of Digital Media & Emerging Journalistic Practices
Posting Number 201700310F
Proposed Annual Salary Range 65,000
Position Type Faculty
Work Hours/Week 40
Description of Work Unit

The department is a highly-respected unit in the College of Liberal Arts. A strong professional skills curriculum serves 400+ majors in an ACEJMC-accredited undergraduate program. Roughly 50 graduate students are enrolled in M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Public Communication and Technology. Programs offer expertise in journalism, public relations, advertising, new media, television, specialized media production, and writing. The department is an active partner in the Colorado School of Public Health and the Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC)—a university-wide consortium involved in information technology education, research, and outreach. Additional partnerships connect the department with Student Media; External Relations; Music, Theater, and Dance; campus-based research superclusters; Sociology; Latin American Studies; Ethnic Studies; Women’s Studies; the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES), and several other prominent university departments and initiatives. The department leads academic minors in Music, Stage, and Sports Production; Information Science and Technology; and Technical and Science Communication; and participates in minors in Film Studies and Media Studies. More information is available on the department’s website: journalism.colostate.edu.

Faculty members are highly active in research, publication, professional communication, and public service, as well as academic and professional communication organizations at the state, regional, national, and international levels. The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education has recognized the unique character of the department’s master’s and Ph.D. programs as Western Regional Graduate Programs. A new applied master’s program in media and communication management is projected to start in Denver in 2018.

With six dedicated computer labs, five digital video production rooms, and access to a television studio, the department provides excellent computer, multimedia, and video production facilities for teaching and research. Undergraduate students also benefit from an independent student media operation, a strong internship program, and close ties to Denver’s media community.

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes
% Research 35
% Teaching 50
% Service 15
% Administration 0
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 10/31/2017
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date 08/16/2018
Position End Date
Position Summary

Colorado State University seeks an entry-level, tenure-track assistant professor in digital media and emerging journalistic practices, with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: digital storytelling, content marketing and entrepreneurship, news production and innovation, and audience engagement and media analytics. The ideal candidate will have a strong digital journalism background, preferably having worked with news and/or communication start-ups, experience creating content for diverse audiences, and a research agenda that focuses on the impact digital discourse and emerging technologies have on individuals, groups, and/or society. The successful candidate will teach advanced digital journalism and communication concept and skills courses in the undergraduate program, and will teach graduate courses and supervise theses/dissertations in his or her research area.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Required Job Qualifications

• Ph.D. or advanced ABD status in a Ph.D. program in a relevant discipline by August 15, 2018. The successful candidate must complete the Ph.D. within one year of appointment.
• Demonstrated research in one or more of the following areas: digital storytelling, emerging journalistic practices, content marketing and entrepreneurship, news production and innovation, and audience engagement and media analytics.
• Professional journalism experience complementing the department’s converged journalism, media communication, and strategic communication curriculum.
• Potential for excellence in teaching.
• The ability to advise M.S. and Ph.D. students and to mentor undergraduate students.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Completed Ph.D. in a relevant discipline by August 15, 2018.
• An established program of research in digital media and emerging journalistic practices.
• Proficiency with new communication technologies, including the use of web-based information sites, social media, and/or mobile technologies.
• Three or more years of professional journalism experience with an emphasis on emerging digital practices and innovation in journalism.
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
• Background in conducting extramural research or potential to attract extramural funding.
• Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload the following documents: a letter of interest identifying area(s) of expertise addressed to Marilee Long, Search Chair; a current curriculum vitae; a statement of research focus; evidence of scholarly engagement (such as publications or conference papers); a statement of teaching philosophy; evidence of teaching effectiveness (not to exceed five pages); and a list of references with current contact information. Graduate transcripts will be requested for semifinalist candidates. Application materials of semifinalist candidates will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the JMC department. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications must be received by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Amparo Jeffrey, amparo.jeffrey@colostate.edu

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching and Advising
Duty/Responsibility

Faculty members have a standard 2/2 teaching load and are expected to teach advanced digital journalism and communication concept and skills courses in the undergraduate program, and will teach graduate courses and supervise theses/dissertations in his or her research area

Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Research
Duty/Responsibility

Perform research related to the area(s) of digital storytelling, emerging journalistic practices, content marketing and entrepreneurship, news production and innovation, and audience engagement and media analytics. Apply for research grant funding to support research work.

Percentage Of Time 35
Job Duty Category Service
Duty/Responsibility

Perform committe work within the department, college and university. Attend conferences as a representative of the department to promote graduate our graduate programs to potential graduate and undergraduate students.

Percentage Of Time 15

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Professional References
  4. Publication 1
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Statement of Research Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Publication 2
  2. Publication 3