Limited-Term Instructor/Assistant Professor

Limited-Term Instructor/Assistant Professor
Search #30005
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences/Communication Arts

The Department of Communication Arts invites nominations and applications for the position of Limited-Term Instructor/Assistant Professor.

Georgia Southern University, classified as a doctoral/research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a member of the University System of Georgia and is the largest, most comprehensive research institution in southeast Georgia. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern is a premier choice for more than 20,600 students representing 50 states and 88 nations.

The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and offers an array of programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels through eight colleges: the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. Georgia Southern provides all of the benefits of a major university with the personal feel and individualized attention of a much smaller college, and takes great pride in providing an educational environment where students can engage in scholarship, research and service as they prepare for lifelong success.

Georgia Southern is located in Statesboro, Georgia, a classic community of approximately 30,000 residents just an hour from historic Savannah. It is recognized for providing enriching opportunities for people of all ages while benefitting the region and state.

Within this setting, the Department of Communication Arts is among the largest in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and is home to five majors: Communication Studies, Multimedia Journalism, Multimedia Film and Production, Public Relations, and Theatre. It is a vibrant, innovative department that stresses faculty collaboration and cross-disciplinary instruction. The department occupies a recently renovated building with studio, editing/lab, classroom and office spaces. Rigorous classroom instruction is complemented by experiential activities that encourage students to both learn about and apply class concepts. The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to program development and assessment, especially in the area of the University's Quality Enhancement Program's focus on writing.

Position Description. Reporting to the Department Chair, the limited-term instructor/assistant professor will teach required courses predominantly in journalism as well as related courses in the area of converged news production curriculum. The program has an active Multimedia Communication advisory board and an involved, applied-learning curriculum. All limited-term positions are non-tenure track, academic (9/10 month) year appointments. Appointments are for one year only, although there is the possibility of reappointment should funding permit and based upon satisfactory performance. (All reappointments are made on a one-year basis.) The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
  • Earned master's (for limited-term instructor rank) or terminal (for limited-term assistant professor rank) degree in journalism, mass communication, or a closely related field with at least 18 graduate semester hours in journalism-related coursework, by August 1, 2017
  • Experience in the field or in teaching journalism at the college level
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and/or professional service
  • A demonstrated ability to teachnews courses such as introduction to journalism, news reporting and writing, media and society, and multimedia journalism. The converged nature of the program means the candidate also should have a demonstrated ability to teach basic news creation across multiple platforms such as print, online, video and audio.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • A demonstrated ability to teach additional journalism courses such as sports reporting, STEM journalism, magazine writing and editing, opinion journalism, and/or copy editing.

    Screening of applications begins June 12, 2017, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2017. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; a sample journalism syllabus; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    Dr. Pamela G. Bourland-Davis, Search Chair, Search #30005
    Communication Arts
    Georgia Southern University
    P. O. Box 8091
    Statesboro GA 30460-8091
    Electronic mail:
    Telephone: 912-478-5138

    More information about the institution is available through or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.


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