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Job ID: 219973

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
University of Kansas

Date Posted Aug. 21, 2023
Title Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Journalism
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Journalism
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Position Overview

The University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is searching for THREE talented and engaged scholars to join us as we explore the intersections of mass media, technology, digital inclusion, and audience engagement. You will join other scholars and teachers who are examining new ways to gather, verify, and disseminate information to grow trust in and use of mass media.

Appointments may be offered at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. Appointment at a particular level will be based on an applicant’s research/creative portfolio and teaching record. Successful applicants will have a terminal degree in journalism, mass communication, marketing, fine arts, law, or a related field. Each position is full-time, tenured or tenure-track to begin August 18, 2024.

The School carries an atmosphere of collegiality that is supportive of an environment which is diverse, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. Applicants who demonstrate teaching, research or creativity expertise in one or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: Digital marketing, Sports media, Emergent media practices, Audience engagement and inclusion, Public relations, Visual communication, and Data analytics. You will have colleagues who share your excitement about working with students, discovering and testing media developments for the future, and are eager to create new ways to understand and engage audiences.

Strategic Areas:
The successful candidates will engage with students to understand media of the future in one or more of our four concentrations: Digital Marketing Communications, Advertising and Public Relations; Media Arts and Production; Multimedia Journalism; and Sports Media & Society. We also are seeking scholars with an interest in research in one or more of KU’s strategic research investment areas: Development Across the Lifespan, Earth, Energy + Environment, Human Experience in the Digital Age, Molecules + Medicines, and Security + Safety. Applicants are encouraged to outline areas of interests in their application materials.

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.

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 and developing curriculum in undergraduate and graduate program, in-person and virtually, based upon needs of the School
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Hold regular office hours

40% Research:
  • Demonstrate sustained productivity through publications, sponsored projects/grants, papers and presentations for national and international academic and professional audiences, or sustained creative work recognized at the national or/and international level

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, professional and/or media organizations

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of research/creative work and teaching in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in CV and (3) information provided from three professional references.

For appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor:
  • A terminal degree in journalism, mass communication, marketing, fine arts, law or a related field. If ABD, terminal degree must be achieved within six months of employment start date.
  • Demonstrated (or high potential for) teaching excellence in a university setting including the ability to develop and teach online courses.
  • Demonstrated (or high potential for) research and/or creative success as shown through publications, portfolio, awards, research grants, or working papers.
  • Three years of full-time professional experience experience in media, communication, or a related field.

For appointment at the rank of Associate or Professor with tenure:
  • A terminal degree in journalism, mass communication, marketing, fine arts, law or a related field.
  • Record of productive teaching excellence in a university setting including the ability to develop and teach online courses.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research and/or sustained creative works as shown through publications, portfolio, awards, research grants, or working papers that have either enabled the candidate to be successfully promoted to Associate Professor or Full Professor at a research-oriented university of a similar or higher research profile as the University of Kansas or meet the expectations in professional experience for qualification.

Contact Information to Applicants

Matt Tidwell, PhD

Additional Candidate Instruction

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 (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, inclusion, and belonging.

Initial review of applications will begin October 1, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

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