Director Kansas Scholastic Press Association/Lecturer

Position Overview

The William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications is searching for a Director of Kansas Scholastic Press Association. This is a full-time, Non-Tenure Track, Academic Year position with an anticipated start date of August 18, 2024. This position is Limited Term with an initial appointment period of three years. Appointment renewal will be based on a comprehensive review.

The Director of KSPA serves as an advocate and helps create positive visibility for scholastic journalism in Kansas and beyond. The Director manages operations for the KSPA, and directs the annual summer Jayhawk Media Workshop. This position will also have instructional responsibilities as a lecturer teaching two courses per semester during the academic year. The Director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association serves as a liaison between the School of Journalism & Mass Communications and KSPA.

Job Description

55% Administrative - Director of Kansas Scholastic Press Association
  • Work with members of the KSPA board to enhance scholastic journalism throughout the state, including KSPA membership.
  • Manage all aspects of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, including planning, hosting, and following up on the fall and spring conferences throughout the state.
  • Operate contests for students.
  • Build and maintain a database of possible judges for all contests.
  • Ensure the website is up to date with contest information and other materials.
  • Prepare an annual budget for board approval.
  • Represent KSPA at national meetings.
  • Supervise part-time assistant and student employees.

45% Teaching - Lecturer School of Journalism and Mass Communications:
  • Teach assigned courses each semester in the School. Assignments will depend on the background and expertise of the Director.
  • Perform related service for the school.
  • Direct the summer Jayhawk Media Workshop and coordinate with the Native American Storytelling Workshop.

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in journalism or related field.
  2. Five (5) years’ experience teaching high school journalism, advising high school media or comparable high school advising.
  3. Experience in budget management.
  4. Experience in planning workshops, events, or programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Professional media experience.Experience in raising funds.
  2. University-level teaching experience.
  3. Experience in video editing, sports journalism, media marketing, design, or broadcast.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes:
  • Current resume/CV
  • Cover letter demonstrating how you meet the required and preferred qualifications
  • Complete contact information for three professional references
Application review will begin Wednesday, June 19, 2024 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is received.


Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Matt Tidwell

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

Wednesday June 19, 2024

Anticipated Start Date

Sunday August 18, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  27918BR
  • Department:  Journalism
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  F-Faculty
  • Review Begins:  19-Jun-2024

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