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Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

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Journalism & Media Production

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Summary of Duties:

Contribute to one or more of the above research areas through graduate and undergraduate teaching, student mentoring, scholarship, and a programmatic effort to seek externally funded research opportunities. Teach courses in Journalism and Media Production. Candidates are expected to be collegial both internally and externally to the college and engage in a level of service that is appropriate for a tenure track assistant professor.

Additional Information:

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and the Department of Journalism and Media Production at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, invite applications for a permanent, 9-month academic year, full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant level to begin August 16, 2021.

University Overview
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.
The City
Pullman is one of the biggest little cities you’ll ever visit. Full of cosmopolitan amenities and down-home charm, this eastern Washington gem nestled in the Palouse, is also home to the flagship campus for Washington State University. The city has repeatedly been recognized as one of Washington’s safest cities, one of America’s safest college towns, and one of the best college-town neighborhoods for adults. Whether you’re looking to go to school or relocating to the area, Pullman offers a diverse community committed to inclusion, sustainability, and a high quality of life. Pullman is a dynamic hub for higher education, research, and culture. Pullman is part of the Knowledge Corridor that connects WSU to the University of Idaho in Moscow eight miles to the east and Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city, 75 miles to the north. Just a short drive away excellent outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant as well including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating.
Benefits Package
Competitive benefits available, more details at hrs.wsu.edu/benefits.

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Full Time

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Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

Requirements for Assistant Professors: Earned Ph.D. in communication or related field before the date of hire or nearing completion of dissertation in communication or related field but with all Ph.D. degree requirements completed before start of employment, evidence of potential for a productive and programmatic research agenda in one of the preferred areas, evidence of potential for effective teaching and mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of potential to seek out and collaborate on externally funded research.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferences: We seek candidates who have a passion for advancing research and teaching on the roles, sociological contexts, and implications of new media technologies for communication professions. We are particularly interested in candidates who focus on studying the sociological contexts or psychological aspects of new technologies and journalism. The candidate may have expertise in mixed methods, quantitative, or qualitative research methods. Candidates who are a good fit for this position will specifically be able to combine their primary interests in journalism with an emphasis in one or more of the following research and teaching areas: mobile media; digital technology; social media; interactive media; data analytics in journalism; processes and effects of new media technologies in journalism; rural journalism; misinformation/disinformation and journalism; health/science communication; political communication.

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Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Procedure: Applicants must send a cover letter summarizing qualifications, curriculum vitae, a brief research statement, and contact information for three references and apply online at: https://www.wsujobs.com. Included in their materials, candidates should address which of the research areas mentioned above best fit their interests and how they can contribute to the teaching needs identified above. Final candidates will be asked to submit at least three (3) letters of reference.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/12/2020
Application Due: 12/13/2020
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