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Assistant Professor

The University of Georgia
Athens Area
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Assistant Professor


Grady-Journalism Department

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

UGA’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. The college is home to the Peabody Awards and a variety of centers, institutes, and labs, including the Digital Media Attention and Cognition Lab; the Games and Virtual Environments Lab; the Carmical Sports Media Institute; the Center for Health and Risk Communication; the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership; the Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research; and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), along with its Best of Photojournalism Awards.

The college offers M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees, and it offers undergraduate degrees in journalism, advertising, public relations, and entertainment and media studies. The college hosts student chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Women in Media, the Online News Association, NPPA, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Association for Women in Sports Media.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications received by October 4, 2021, will be assured full consideration. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Jonathan Peters, search committee chair, at [email protected] Applicants will be required to submit a CV, a cover letter, up to two academic writing samples, a research statement, a teaching statement, and a list of references.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in journalism or mass communication, or a Ph.D. in another field or discipline that includes a stream of journalism- and media-related research. A.B.D. candidates who will complete their degrees by April 1, 2023, will be considered. A.B.D. candidates will be considered but must provide additional documentation per Academic Affairs Policy 1.09-12 “Limited-term Faculty Appointment Pending Award of Terminal Degree” before hire.

Position Summary:

The Department of Journalism at the University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in journalism to begin in August 2022. This assistant professor will teach both graduate and undergraduate courses and contribute to the research mission of the department. The successful candidate will have a research agenda and proven research record in journalism- and media-related areas. We welcome all research methods. The successful candidate must be able to teach effectively in our journalism curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels ( and in our college-wide Ph.D. program ( Mentoring graduate students is expected. The typical teaching assignment is two courses per semester. Finally, the successful candidate will contribute to our ongoing efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department and college.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate familiarity with journalism practice. In addition, it is desired that candidates demonstrate an interest in mentoring graduate students and possess an ability to engage students from diverse backgrounds, worldviews, and life experiences.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.


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