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Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Job Details

Job no: 811287
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Communication Arts Sciences
Department: Journalism 10010494
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Position Summary

The School of Journalism seeks a scholar who examines the role of news and information in addressing inequities and works to reimagine and bring about more equitable news ecosystems. Reliable information, rooted in data-driven procedures, plays an essential role in democratic self-governance at the community level. Reliable information – produced with and for communities – is therefore essential to addressing persistent social, political, environmental, and economic inequities. Research could address a range of issues, for example (1) the growth of so-called news deserts – those urban and rural places where local news is not produced – and the political, economic, and social deficits that follow; and (2) the emergence of conceptually, socially, and technologically innovative journalism initiatives that help communities to understand themselves and thrive.

Candidates should have a terminal degree with a significant record of research and publication. Professional experience in journalism is valued. We expect the newly hired faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on news coverage, or the lack thereof, of race, ethnicity, economic, environmental, and other inequities in urban and rural communities.

The School of Journalism has been re-accredited since 1949 and resides in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, the first college of communication in the world. The School is home to the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, the Center for Journalism Studies, and the American Communities Project, which uses data and reporting to study the cultural, socio-economic, and political changes that are remaking the country. The 1855 Professor would help tie these centers and research initiatives to MSU’s broader research, teaching and strategic priorities.

While a faculty member in the School of Journalism in the MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences, the individual would be encouraged to develop working relationships with other units on campus, such as Geography, Rhetoric, Arts and Humanities, the Division of Public Health, and the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development. This position aligns with Michigan State University’s strategic goals to support and expand Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-related research and public engagement.

Search for candidates will begin September 19, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Background on the MSU 1855 Professorship

MSU recently established the 1855 Professorships as a reimagining of the university’s foundational land-grant mission. The nineteenth-century land-grant vision of higher education inspired universities to both elevate the pursuit of practical knowledge and widen educational access to include working-class students. Now, the first cohort of cross-disciplinary 1855 Professors at MSU will engage in critical public outreach in the areas of minority politics, social and environmental justice, health, urban journalism, and the intersections of law and democracy.

These categories will serve as the professorship cohorts to advance collaboration and help build each area's research, teaching, and outreach agendas at MSU.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements
  • Candidates should have a terminal degree with a significant record of research and publication.
  • Candidates should be an accomplished scholar in Community and Urban Journalism, with a research and teaching focus on race, ethnicity, and news and information ecosystems.
  • Candidates should be able to teach courses that focus on news coverage, or the lack thereof, of race, ethnicity, economic, environmental, and other inequities in urban and rural communities.
Desired Qualifications
  • Professional experience in journalism is valued.
Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following electronically:

  • Cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position
  • DEI Statement
  • Curriculum vita
  • Names and contact information of three references
Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

To apply, please refer to Posting #811287 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Esther Thorson ([email protected]). The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants September 19, 2022.

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Department Statement

The School of Journalism at MSU is more than a century old but has crafted a reputation for innovation and creativity. The ACEJMC-accredited program has two undergraduate majors (Journalism and Digital Storytelling, each with multiple concentrations), a Masters program, and a shared doctoral program. Over 30 faculty serve more than 400 undergraduate, 30 graduate, and 15 doctoral students. The School houses a state-of-the-art newsroom and two centers, the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and the new Center for Journalism Studies. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integral to our practice as communicators, storytellers, and innovators. We believe it is our responsibility to foster an open and welcoming environment that aspires to attract, recruit, and sustain diverse students, faculty, and staff. Diversity is among the main drivers of institutional excellence, and we are proud to embrace and promote broad communities of knowledge, backgrounds, and experiences. Our efforts to advance DEI are guided by a shared vision grounded in a culture of caring, belonging, transparency, and accountability. In alignment with the University's DEI plan, we commit to actively challenging, disrupting, and dismantling systems that reinforce and/or maintain historical and contemporary social inequalities. We are dedicated to ongoing dialogue to strengthen our commitment to social justice, advocacy, and activism. We strive to be DEI thought leaders who inspire, influence, and cultivate progress in our College and throughout the MSU community.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Sep 7, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Sep 7, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


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The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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