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Job ID: VPAA#2015/16-10
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Date Posted:
July 24, 2014
Closing Date:
Open until filled
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Faculty Position: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Journalism
School of Journalism and Media Studies | San Diego State University

The School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track position in journalism, at the rank of assistant professor.

Position: Full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in journalism

Start Date: August 2015

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be able to teach across the undergraduate journalism curriculum, including both skills-based and theory courses, as well as graduate seminars in mass communication theory, advanced research methods, and journalism topics. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to have a scholarly research agenda in journalism and also provide service to the school, college and professional journalism communities.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, in line with SDSU’s teacher-scholar model. An earned doctorate in journalism, mass communication or a related field is required by the position start date. Relevant professional work experience in journalism is required. Evidence or promise of a strong research agenda in journalism is required.

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a track record of teaching college-level journalism courses, such as news writing and reporting, mobile reporting, digital and social media, investigative reporting, data journalism, web design and programming, data visualization, digital news production, photojournalism, multimedia reporting and storytelling. Applicants should be familiar with (a) the latest digital journalism applications, such as but not limited to, FinalCut Pro, Dreamweaver, and the Adobe Creative Suite; (b) social media platforms and tools such as Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Twitter, and Facebook, among others; and (c) the latest mobile and digital tools for news gathering and reporting. Fluency in both English and another language (e.g., Spanish) would be a plus.

Rank and Salary: This position is expected to be filled at the assistant professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate’s doctoral degree be earned by August 1, 2015. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

About the School of Journalism and Media Studies: The successful candidate will become part of a school with 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 3 full-time lecturers, 20 part-time faculty, and more than 700 majors, pre-majors, and graduate students. Undergraduate program areas include advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations. The School offers a master’s degree program in mass communication and media studies, as well as a master’s degree program in learning design and technology. The School is part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, one of seven colleges that serve a university community of 35,000 students in a fast-growing, culturally rich, metropolitan area with a loyal regional base and strong national and international relationships. For more information, visit:

About San Diego State University:
San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. Overall, San Diego State students can choose from 91 undergraduate majors, 78 master’s programs and 22 doctoral degree programs.

SDSU ranks among the top universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity among its student body, as well as the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred upon students of color. Increasingly recognized for innovative research, SDSU is establishing itself as one of the leading public research universities. It is classified as a "research-high" institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Research funding has more than doubled from a decade ago. Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.

Applications: Review of application materials will begin September 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Each application should include (a) a letter of interest summarizing the candidate’s qualifications, (b) a curriculum vita, (c) a transcript of all graduate courses taken, (d) a sample syllabus for a course the candidate has taught or would be interested in teaching, and (e) names and contact information for three references. All applications and inquiries should be addressed to:

Amy Schmitz Weiss, Ph.D.
Journalism Search Committee Chair
Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Media Studies
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-4561

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement
set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.