Assistant Professor, Journalism and Media Studies
Department of Mass Communication
College of Fine Arts and Communication
The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in Journalism and Media Studies, and a master’s program in Communication Management in the Department of Mass Communication beginning January 2022.
Earned PhD in journalism or mass communication. Demonstrated success as a classroom teacher with full responsibility for teaching two or more classes in the area of media analysis and literacy, audio production, multimedia storytelling techniques, or qualitative research method. A demonstrated success in research productivity with published articles in peer-reviewed journals in the field. Professional journalism experience in audio production is preferred. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.
Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year, the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units per academic year. Undergraduate teaching responsibilities will include such courses as Introduction to Mass Communication, Mass Media & Society, Broadcast Journalism, Magazine Publishing, and Multimedia Reporting Capstone. The primary graduate teaching responsibility is Qualitative Research Methods. Other teaching opportunities might exist in the areas of the candidate’s scholarship and expertise. Undergraduate advising is part of teaching responsibilities. Supervising graduate theses and graduate projects is expected. Scholarly research productivity, programmatic assessment activity, and service to the department, college and university are expected.
The department (https://www.towson.edu/cofac/departments/mass-communication/) offers undergraduate majors in Mass Communication with tracks in journalism; strategic public relations and integrated communication; and advertising. At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science in Communication Management. The department annually enrolls over 700 majors served by 20 full-time and over 20 part-time faculties.
Towson University (www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts and communication, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.
All application materials must be submitted by November 15, 2021. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, course syllabi, at least two years of student course evaluations, a sample of published articles in peer-reviewed journals, three letters of recommendation, and official graduate transcripts to:
Chair, Assistant Professor Search - Journalism
Department of Mass Communication
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
All or part of the application may be submitted via email to [email protected]. Please indicate the “search number” (i.e., COFAC-3510) in the subject line.
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Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.