Assistant Professor (tenure track) Broadcast Journalism
Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining
a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.
Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.
Department: Media, Journalism and Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications
Reports to: Chairperson, Department of Media, Journalism and Film
Basic Function: Teach courses in broadcast journalism, conduct academic research and/or creative productions, and serve on committees as assigned. Plan, direct, edit and publish the work of student journalists in the school’s media outlets.
Supervisory Accountability: Faculty member shall be accountable to the Journalism Sequence Coordinator, Department Chairperson and the CHSOC Dean.
Nature and Scope: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in broadcast journalism. S/he will also undertake academic research or creative productions, serve on university committees as assigned, and provide service to the national and/or international communications community.
Principal Accountabilities: Faculty member shall be evaluated annually in four key
areas—research/creative production, teaching, service and professional development.
Description of Position: Particular expertise in the area of broadcast news production is preferred. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the theory and practice of broadcast news, long-format broadcast magazines and documentaries; advise and coach students in air-quality broadcast productions, including newscast producing; advise an on-campus media organization, participate in committee work, and assist in nurturing a culture of professional broadcasting while pursuing creative and professional development of their own.
The department is especially interested in candidates with an expertise in on-air broadcasting, editing, directing and producing. Candidates must be able to work in field, studio and online media environments and have a thorough knowledge of all aspects of news and media production. They must have the ability to teach in at least one other area of course offerings in the department, including courses that address critical issues related to the history, theory, practice and policy of public media. Candidates should also be willing and able to write grant proposals, be aware of emerging industry trends, and be able to supervise and critique e-portfolios/websites. Where appropriate, the successful candidates will also have opportunities to teach graduate courses in the Communications, Culture and Media Studies Program.
We seek a candidate who can work collegially and keep the department at the forefront of academic and media innovation. Preferred candidates will be able to identify new opportunities in social media, interactive news presentation, and understand analytics and data visualization. Highly desired are previous experience with news production in digital/mobile media and a willingness to innovate. They will also have the ability to supervise student reporters, anchors, producers and videographers working on deadline or on in-depth projects across broadcast and digital platforms.
This full-time, tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor begins August 2019.
Qualifications: The candidate should have a master’s or a terminal degree along with a strong record of professional broadcasting achievement, including awards and other recognition. Prior university-level teaching is preferred. That experience should include classroom teaching, grading, advising, experience in designing courses and syllabi. Extensive professional connections and interest in seeking sponsorship of student
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit:
• Cover Letter
• Curriculum Vitae (including e-mail addresses)
• Statement of teaching philosophy and vision for the future of broadcast journalism
• Teaching evaluation summaries
• Portfolio (URL link to relevant creative work, and/or samples of scholarly writing
(productions, published essays, convention papers, etc.)
• Names of three (3) references from academic or professional referees
Please submit these materials electronically to:
Dr. Montré Aza Missouri
Search Committee Chair
Department of Media, Journalism, and Film
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To insure full consideration, please submit application materials by February 28, 2018.
The Department of Media, Journalism and Film in the Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Communications provides a professional and supportive scholarly environment informed by the African American experience in which students learn to become exemplary
practitioners, leaders and entrepreneurs who serve the profession and society. The department strives to graduate students empowered with the skills and tools necessary to understand and address social, political, economic and cultural injustices, particularly involving African Americans and other people of color.
For more information about the Cathy Hughes School of Communications and the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, please visit our
Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these
requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.
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