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Asst/Assoc Professor Journalism and Mass Comms
University of Kansas

Date Posted Sep. 1, 2022
Title Asst/Assoc Professor Journalism and Mass Comms
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

Asst/Assoc Professor Journalism and Mass Comms

Position Overview

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas is searching for a full-time, tenure-track/tenured professor at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Appointment at a particular level will be based on applicant’s qualification and record. The position is expected to begin August 2023.

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.

Applicants that demonstrate teaching, research, or creativity expertise in one or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: international communication, media writing, content creation, visual communication, and media management. In addition, candidates should address their alignment with one or more of the University’s main areas of research as explained in Research Rising:

This position was created as part of a successful National Resource Center grant, and will have a courtesy appointment with KU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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.

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 and develop courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs (in-person and online), based upon needs of the School.

40% Research:
Demonstrate sustained productivity through peer-reviewed publications, sponsored projects/grants, papers and presentations for national and international academic and professional audiences, or other forms of research, whether creative- or community-based projects recognized at the national or international level.

20% Service:
Service responsibilities include involvement in the regular academic activities of the School, including committee assignments and major School functions, serving on and chairing graduate committees, as well as participation in 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 (Tenure-track):
A Ph.D. in mass communication or a related field. If ABD, the Ph.D. 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 in-person and online courses.
Demonstrated (or high potential for) research and/or creative success as shown through publications, portfolio, awards, research grants, or working papers.

For appointment at the rank of Associate Professor (tenured):
A Ph.D. in mass communication or a related field.
Proven record of teaching excellence in a university setting including the ability to develop and teach in-person and 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 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 qualifications.
Professional experience, research/teaching partnerships or documented industry engagement in journalism or other relevant field to the position.

Contact Information to Applicants

Peter Bobkowski

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; 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.

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