Assistant/Associate Professor of Journalism (F507)

California, USA, Azusa
Mar 27, 2017
Azusa Pacific
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Journalism

Position Tracking Number: F507

School/College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)

Department: Communication Studies

Location: Azusa campus


The Azusa Pacific University Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a journalism faculty member who will primarily teach introductory and advanced journalism classes. Additional responsibilities may be coordinating the journalism program and/or anchoring the department's writing classes and initiatives across the journalism, communication, and public relations majors. Position begins Fall 2017.

The department houses three majors - journalism, public relations, and communication studies - 12 full-time faculty, nearly 25 part-time/adjunct faculty, and approximately 400 major and minor undergraduates. The Journalism major offers three emphases for a Bachelor of Arts degree: News and Storytelling, Media Studies, and Sports Journalism. As part of the journalism program, the department supports a convergent/integrated media environment. The outlets include a digital and traditional student newspaper (The Clause), digital and traditional magazine (Collide), a television/online studio (Capture), and an online radio station (KAPU). Additionally, the department engages a nationally-competitive forensics team, and a national honors society (Lambda Pi Eta). The department plans to offer a M.A. in Communication Studies in the near future.

Specialization: Journalistic Reporting and Storytelling, Writing in Communication

Responsibilities: This full-time faculty member will primarily teach introductory and upper-division courses in journalism, such as News Writing and Reporting, Editing, and Public Affairs Reporting, and anchor the development of students' digital and print journalism abilities. This faculty member may also provide guidance and mentoring to adjunct faculty teaching writing courses. Depending on experience and expertise, s/he may also assist in advising the department's student publications and teach additional courses across the department's curriculum, including in public relations and communication. Other duties include advising students, participating on committee assignments at the department and university levels, carrying out a program of scholarly research, and participating in all faculty meetings. Commitment to the university's faith statement is required of all candidates. May be needed to work at alternative teaching sites.

Level: Assistant or Associate Professor

Qualifications: Ph.D in Journalism, Communication Studies, or Rhetoric and Writing, and a commitment to teaching excellence in liberal arts. Candidates must also adhere to Azusa Pacific University's Evangelical Christian tradition. Faculty members are required to sign a "Statement of Faith" (available at and adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook.

Experience: Prior experience teaching at the collegiate or university level preferred.

Workload: 10-month contract. Responsible for teaching 24 units, 4 undergraduate or graduate courses per semester.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Hire Date: Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information:

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

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