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Assistant Professor, Sports Media, Journalism & Creative Media - 520864

The University of Alabama

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Apply nowJob no: 520864
Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

207451 - Journalism and Creative Media

Assistant Professor

Position Summary
Primary duties will include teaching sports media courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, engaging in a research program that results in published articles in outstanding scholarly publications and performing service as assigned by the Department, College, and University.

Detailed Position Information
The Department of Journalism and Creative Media in the College of Communication & Information Sciences seeks to hire a nine-month tenure-track assistant professor in sports media to begin August 2024.

Detailed Position Summary
The candidate will develop a robust research/creative agenda around sports media, and their scholarly or creative work should complement the nationally recognized sports media work being advanced in the college. Furthermore, applicants must display an ability to be an active and involved member of a highly collaborative faculty team, with an interest in pursuing external grants. The successful hire will teach two courses each fall and spring semester, which may include undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. courses in sports media. Potential for course development in burgeoning sports areas is desired.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications
● Terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in a communication or sports-media related field completed by the appointment start date. ABDs at the time of application will be considered.
● Potential for research or creative scholarship that advances the department’s profile.
● Record of teaching effectiveness in communication-related fields, ideally in areas of sports media and/or production.
● Commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues from different backgrounds and disciplines, engaging students with varied needs and interests, and preparing the next generation of media professionals to effectively serve all members of their communities is expected.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications (considered after all minimum qualifications are met) ● Professional experience in sports media / sports production ● Record of research or creative scholarship consistent with departmental expectations for the rank of assistant professor. ● Potential for and interest in collaborative scholarship across departments. ● Potential for and interest in applying for external grants/extramural funding related to the sports media discipline. ● Potential to develop and teach courses connecting sports media with the applicant’s primary research or creative area. ● Interest in advising college-wide sports media student organizations (e.g., National Sports Media Association, Association for Women in Sports Media, Associated Press Sports Editors).

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
Application Process To apply, please visit and provide the following: 1. Cover letter highlighting how your research, teaching and service and/or leadership prepare you to contribute as a faculty leader in sports media production 2. Curriculum vitae 3. Names and contact information for three references Optional materials: 1. Teaching philosophy 2. Statement on Scholarly or Creative Work Applications submitted by November 1, 2023 will receive full consideration. Questions regarding the search should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Sean Sadri, at

About the Division/College/School
The College of Communication and Information Sciences is home to state-of-the-art media and research facilities like the Digital Media Center and the Institute for Communication and Information Research. The College's students and programs have won several regional and national awards in multiple areas ranging from forensics and debate to being named PRWeek's Most Outstanding Education Program. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations; master’s degrees in advertising and public relations, book arts, communication studies, journalism and media studies, and library and information studies; and a multidisciplinary doctoral degree in communication and information sciences. With an award-winning faculty and staff and commitment to innovative scholarship and teaching, the College of Communication and Information Sciences is dedicated to realizing the potential of communication and information to make everyone’s world a better place.

The Department of Journalism & Creative Media ( resides in the College of Communication & Information Sciences. The department consists of 35 faculty and more than 900 undergraduate and graduate student majors. JCM faculty are leaders in sports media research and creative scholarship. The department offers a highly successful concentration in sports media as part of the news media major. JCM’s undergraduate news media major and professional Master’s programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communications. The College of Communication & Information Sciences includes the departments of Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, and the School of Library and Information Studies.

The college has approximately 100 full-time faculty members serving over 3,000 students across bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including approximately 80 students in the college-wide, multi-disciplinary Ph.D. program (

The college’s Institute for Communication & Information Research (ICIR) is a premier research institute dedicated to addressing societal and cultural issues related to communication and information research. The ICIR collaborates with businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, foundations, and other entities to produce high-impact research that informs and improves our evolving communication and information landscape. Housed within the Office for Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity are multiple collaborative lab spaces.

The college also maintains the 40,000 square-foot Digital Media Center, which is home to the Center for Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, and WVUA 23, a full-power commercial television station serving a top-50 television market. The future Holle Center for Communication Arts, a hub for storytelling and social justice, will also be located in the Digital Media Center. The college strives to unite the theoretical and practical dimensions of communication and is a campus leader in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About the University
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"

Advertised: 21 Sep 2023 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 01 Nov 2023 Central Daylight Time


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