Assoc/Full Professor Journalism and Mass Comms - 23238BR

Assoc/Full Professor Journalism and Mass Comms

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas (KU) is seeking exceptional candidates for a tenure-track or tenured position at the associate or full professor in the area of cybersecurity. This position is expected to begin August 2023. Advanced assistant professors will be given consideration.

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

Candidates should have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary, diverse, and collaborative environment. Applicants should have research productivity and teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas: disinformation, information security, computational social science, data journalism, information norms and practices, social media analytics, and communication technology.

This position is created as part of KU’s Research Rising aimed at building high-profile, interdisciplinary, multi-investigator projects competitive for significant federal funding opportunities and achieving national preeminence in several particularly significant subjects of inquiry. The person hired for the position will work with an interdisciplinary team on cybersecurity.

The School has a state-of-the-art experimental research laboratory which includes physiology data collection, eye tracking and facial emotion recognition. The School is also home to the Center for Digital Inclusion, as well as the Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations.

Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. degree in journalism, mass communication, information science, or a related field. Applicants should have academic credentials and research portfolio that would support appointment as a tenure-track or tenured faculty member.

At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral research university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The university enrolls more than 27,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its programs.

The University of Kansas is in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support of the University, education, arts, and research and regularly appears in various “best town” listings. Lawrence is centrally located between the State of Kansas Capitol in Topeka and the major metropolitan community of Kansas City.

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, external research funding and presentations for national and international academic and professional audiences
  • Engage in interdisciplinary research projects
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 CV and (3) information provided from three professional references.
  • Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in journalism, mass communication, information science, or a related field
  • For Associate Professor, currently a tenured professor or be prepared to be considered for tenure immediately (or have equivalent rank)
  • For Full Professor, currently a tenured professor (or have equivalent rank)
  • Demonstrated commitment of excellence in research as evidenced by publications, externally funded research grants and/or awards, and an active research agenda.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively and work collegially in a university setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse audiences

Additional Candidate Instructions

To apply and for more information, go to A complete application will include: (1) a cover letter describing your research, teaching experience and philosophy; (2) a Curriculum Vitae; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness; (4) a list of three professional references; and (5) the answer to the following question about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

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 such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Initial review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

Contact Information to Applicants

Peter Bobkowski

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