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Limited Term Assistant Professor (English - Journalism)

Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University
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Job Title: Limited Term Assistant Professor (English - Journalism)
Location: Valdosta State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 244711
About Us

As a comprehensive institution of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University (VSU) is a welcoming, aware, and vibrant community founded on and dedicated to serving our communities’ rich and diverse heritages. VSU is proud to have a highly diverse student body and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff. Through excellence in teaching, basic and applied research, and service, VSU provides rigorous programs and opportunities that enrich our students, our university, and our region. As such, the VSU mission consists of three interrelated parts that includes a student mission, university mission and regional mission. The university is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity and citizenship. As members of this community and proud Blazers we strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University.

Job Summary

The Department of English in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences seeks applicants for a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning August 1, 2022, and ending May 8, 2023. This is a full-time, benefitted position. The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, maintaining scholarly productivity, and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Valdosta State University is proud to have a highly diverse student body, and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff.

With thirty-four full-time faculty members, the Department of English offers a B.A. with emphases in both Literature and Language and in Journalism as well a dual degree that leads to both a B.A. in English and a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education. The department also supports an on-campus M.A. (with literature and rhetoric/composition tracks) and an online M.A. designed for in-service language arts teachers. The department houses a myriad of impressive student publications including the Spectator (student newspaper), Omnino (undergraduate research journal), On Tap (general-interest magazine), and Odradek (literary magazine).

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of completed applications will begin July 5, 2022. Position will remain open until filled. For more information contact the search chair, Dr. Ted Geltner, at [email protected] .


Teaching at the undergraduate level in the Journalism track; supervising student media operations, including VSU’s student news organization, The Spectator ; maintaining scholarly productivity; participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Typical Allocation of Duties:

Teaching and scholarship - 80%
Teaches classes and conducts/presents research in the employee's academic discipline.

Service - 20%
Participates in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Required Qualifications
  • MA or MFA in Journalism or closely related field;
  • Minimum of three years of professional journalism or media experience in positions that include writing, reporting, editing, design, technology and/or multimedia responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship;
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD in Journalism or related field by date of hire;
  • Background in sports media including sports writing and reporting, broadcasting, production and/or sports culture;
  • Experience in the areas of social justice and inclusivity reporting;
  • Experience with emergent media such as data-driven journalism, podcasting, interactive journalism, web development or digital storytelling;
  • Experience using digital media software such as Photoshop and InDesign;
  • Background in the management and operations of student media organizations;
  • Experience with the fundamental principles of narrative journalism, whatever the medium: in-depth, empathetic, and creative story-telling;
  • Some background in audio and video production and editing, with the ability to teach how to incorporate audio and visually based media into storytelling
  • A record of effective teaching appropriate to the applicant’s career stage;
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;
  • A record of mentoring students of diverse backgrounds in experiential learning such as undergraduate research.
Proposed Salary

Commensurate with experience

Conditions of Employment

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Position May Require Credit Check (if using P-Card, working with Cash, etc.).

Position Requires completion of VSU's Annual Compliance Training course (such as State Business Transactions, Drug Free Workplace, Anti-Harassment Policy, Introduction to Information Security, Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Policy, USG Ethics Policy, Conflict of Interest/ Outside Activities Policy, Leave Procedures for Faculty and Staff, Georgia Open Records Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Contracts 101. Supervisory positions require training in FMLA and Worker's Compensation.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to minorities and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Other Information

VSU reserves the right to:

  • View social media outlets
  • Check references at any point during the search process
  • Shut down a posting without additional notification.
Background Check
  • Standard
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