Assistant/Associate Professor of Journalism (F507)

Job description

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 - Journalism

Position Tracking Number: F507

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

Department: Communication Studies

Location: Azusa, CA


The Azusa Pacific University Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a journalism faculty member who will primarily teach introductory and advanced journalism classes and anchor the journalism curriculum. Additional responsibilities may include coordinating the journalism program. Position begins Fall 2018.

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, known on campus as ZuMedia. ZuMedia includes a digital and traditional student newspaper (ZuNews), digital and traditional magazine (ZuMagazine), a television/online studio (ZuTV), and an online radio station (ZuRadio). Additionally, the department engages a nationally competitive forensics team, and a national honors society (Lambda Pi Eta). The department plans to offer an M.A. in Communication Studies in the near future.

Specialization: Journalistic Writing, Reporting, and Storytelling


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. The candidate will anchor the development of students' digital and print journalism abilities, as well as their understanding of the nature and process of journalism. This faculty member may also provide guidance and mentoring to adjunct faculty teaching journalism courses. The person will also advise and mentor students.

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 need to work at alternative teaching sites.

Level: Assistant/Associate Professor (depending on qualifications)

Qualifications: Ph.D in Journalism, Communication Studies, or Rhetoric and Writing, a commitment to teaching excellence in liberal arts, and an active scholarship agenda. 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, as well as professional journalism strongly preferred.

Workload: Full-time faculty position

Mental Demands:

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

Hire Date: Fall 2018. Review of applications to begin October 1, 2017, and will continue until 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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Job No: F507
Posted: 1/26/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable