Professor of Journalism and Digital Media (F128)

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 and Digital Media

Position Tracking Number: F128

School/College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department: Communication Studies

Location: Azusa, CA, approximately 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles

Description: The Azusa Pacific University Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a faculty member who will teach introductory and advanced skills and theory classes in journalism, media studies, and public relations, with an emphasis on digital media and the evolving impact of technology. Additional opportunities may include coordinating the journalism program. Position begins Fall 2018, pending final funding.

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 ZU Media. ZU Media includes a digital and traditional student newspaper (ZU News), digital and traditional magazine (ZU Magazine), a television/online studio (ZU TV), and an online radio station (ZU Radio). 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: Digital journalism, digital media, cross-platform media, social media, multimedia reporting, interactive storytelling, digital storytelling


This full-time faculty member will teach a range of courses (up to 24 teaching units per academic year) in our journalism and public relations programs, such as Mass Communication, Digital News Gathering, Media Law & Ethics, Media Entrepreneurship and Economics, Global Journalism and Media Systems, and Public Relations and Social Media. The candidate will help develop students' digital and print journalism abilities, as well as their understanding of how to be effective journalism and public relations practitioners in today's digital age.

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. Other duties include advising and mentoring 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.

Level: Rank and salary are dependent on experience and qualifications.

Qualifications: Ph.D in Journalism, Media Studies, or related area, and a commitment to teaching excellence in liberal arts, and an active scholarship agenda.

Experience: Prior experience teaching at the collegiate or university level, as well as professional journalism experience strongly preferred.

Workload: Full-time; up to 24 units of teaching per academic year

Hire Date: August 16, 2018. Review of applications to begin November 15, 2017, and will continue until position is filled.

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.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Self-starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Additional Information:

Successful candidates will align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at, to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

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 November 15, and the position will remain open until filled.




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No: F128
Posted: 1/26/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable