Assistant Professor

, AR
Feb 19, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number F375P

Quick Link for Posting

Working Title Assistant Professor

Department Journalism

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president, and longtime U.S. senator.

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. W. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

About the School:

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media offers specialized sequences in news/editorial, advertising/public relations and broadcast. Students are trained in writing news, analyzing media, planning campaigns, producing television programs and basic photojournalism publishing. The department offers special interdisciplinary options, various student media organizations, award-winning faculty and a Center for Ethics in Journalism.

Department Home Page

Job Type Faculty

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Campus, Office Location Fayetteville Campus - Kimpel Hall

Summary of Job Duties

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Digital and Multimedia Journalism. This position will teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and is expected to develop new journalism courses in digital and multimedia journalism. The successful candidate will carry a 2/2 teaching load, and also supervise Master's and Honors students developing theses using digital journalism tools.

The position is expected to establish and maintain a vigorous track record of nationally competitive research and/or creative publications in an area related to digital media and emerging journalistic practices.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications

Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Master's degree in journalism, advertising, public relations, mass communications, or a related field conferred by the start of employment, with significant professional and/or academic experience
  • Recent professional experience relevant to digital and multimedia journalism, and/or strategic media
  • University or college teaching experience
  • Proven record of original research or creative work that demonstrates potential for a nationally competitive program of traditional or creative scholarship in a relevant area

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in journalism, advertising, public relations, mass communications, or a related field
  • Experience in digital and multimedia journalism as applied to investigative reporting, online interactive storytelling, as well as web publishing, social media, and social media analytics
  • Experience in creating professional quality still images, video, and sound, and converging those elements to create multimedia interactive news stories
  • Experience in creating and teaching the visual display of information in digital and interactive media, including the encoding of data by means of statistical charts, maps, and diagrams
  • Experience in creating and teaching the fundamental computer programming skills required to create compelling online multimedia stories

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Feeling
  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Grasping
  • Reaching


  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking


  • Hearing
  • Talking

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Benefits Eligible Yes

If yes, please specify

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Anticipated Start Date 08/13/2018

Recruitment Contact Information

J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
416 N. Campus Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
Phone: (479) 575-6729

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Completed applications received by December 29, 2017 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application and a curriculum vitae, including a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number).

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    Optional Documents
    1. Proof of Veterans Status


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