Assistant or Associate Professor - 15895BR

Assistant or Associate Professor

University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas is seeking exceptional candidates for two tenure-track positions at the assistant or associate professor level, expected to begin August 2020.

Come and engage with students in our newly remodeled building, where we’ve focused design and technology around the student experience and future media developments. If you’re looking for colleagues who share your excitement about working with students, who anticipate future media developments, and who are eager to build on iconic journalism values to create new ways to understand and engross audiences, then KU is eager to meet you.

Candidates should have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary, diverse and collaborative environment. An active research program, teaching experience and professional experience will distinguish applicants. Applicants should have research and teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas: entrepreneurial media, diversity, multimedia production, sports media, audience analysis, media history, media management, or media law and ethics. The ability to develop and teach online courses and certificate programs is a plus. Success in receiving external research grants is a plus, but not required. Successful candidates also should be able to demonstrate strong writing skills.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in candidates whose scholarship focuses on culturally responsive approaches that are conscious of diversity and equity perspectives. Candidates from under-represented groups in higher education are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Founded in 1865, KU is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs that include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science disciplines. Lawrence, a vibrant city of nearly 100,000 residents, hosts a variety of art galleries, theaters, concert venues, bookstores, and unique ethnic restaurants. The city frequently is named one of the nation’s top college towns. The Kansas City metropolitan area, with its own thriving arts, dining and sports opportunities, lies 40 miles east of Lawrence on Interstate 70.

Job Description

40% Teaching:
  • Teach courses in the undergraduate and graduate program to meet the needs of the School
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Hold regular office hours
40% Research:
  • Demonstrate sustained productivity through publications, papers and presentations for national and international academic and professional audiences
  • Develop and maintain a national profile of research activity
20% Service:
  • Participate in the regular academic activities of the School, including committee assignments and major School functions
  • Provide general service to the School and University
  • Serve on and chair graduate committees
  • Professional service in academic and/or media organizations

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of research and teaching in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in c.v., and (3) information provided from three professional references.
  • Ph.D. or another appropriate terminal degree in journalism, mass communication or a closely related field OR ABD (with a firm completion date no later than six months after appointment).
  • Evidence of ability to teach effectively and work collegially in a university setting.
  • Evidence of research success and continued productivity

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least two years full-time professional media experience
  • Teaching experience at the University level
  • Record of successful grant applications

Additional Candidate Instructions

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A complete packet will include the following: 1) A cover letter describing your research and teaching; 2) a CV; 3) a list of three professional references; and 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Review of application will be December 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review data.

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