Assistant Professor Communication #496103

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number 20111283
Position Title Assistant Professor Communication #496103
Template Title
Position Type Faculty
Position Number 496103
Department Communication

Position Summary Information

Job Summary/Basic Function

Updated Description:
The Department of Communication at Lamar University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Multimedia Journalism. We are seeking a colleague whose experience and expertise complements that of our existing faculty and a colleague who will bring new perspectives to our discussions of curriculum revision and departmental strategic planning.

In this role, the hire would teach a variety of courses within the journalism track with an emphasis on multimedia journalism and production. Courses may include news writing, copy, editing and proofreading, new media and publishing, media writing, media law, media history, introduction to mass communication, online journalism, multi-platform reporting, media technology, journalism education, data journalism/data visualization, and others course relevant to the applicant’s specialty area and departmental needs. The applicant should be familiar with Associated Press guidelines and media ethics.

The hire will also engage in scholarly research and/or creative activity as well as be an active member in academic advisement and departmental service.

An active research agenda, ideally combining journalism with one or more of the following areas is required: journalism technology, social, mobile, digital media, journalism pedagogy, network culture, journalism/mass communication history, and/or the use of virtual reality technologies and video games as storytelling tools in journalism. The Department is open to a variety of methodological approaches.

Minimum Qualifications

Updated Qualifications:
A terminal degree in journalism, multimedia journalism or related discipline as well as experience in content creation and news production are required. University-level teaching experience is preferred.

The successful candidate should have an established record of teaching at the undergraduate level, 2 to 3 years work experience in the media industry, expertise in teaching a variety of communication courses such as new media, multi-platform writing, media history, data journalism, new media, mobile media, journalism technology, newsroom management, cross-platform/converged media content creation, international journalism, and qualitative or quantitative research methods, and a commitment to service learning. The successful applicant would also be serving as the faculty advisor for student media and as an academic advisor for Journalism majors, as well as serving on departmental, college, and university committees as needed.

EEO Statement

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

We are proud to provide Veteran’s Employment Preference in compliance with Texas Senate Bill 805, Section 657.003.

Veteran's Preference Statement
Preferred Qualifications

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary Commensurate
Work Hours

Application Information

Posting Date 08/17/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, names and contact information for three (3) professional references, three (3) letters of recommendation and any supporting materials online to:

If unable to attach recommendation letters electronically or prefer to send confidentially, send to: Please include the Position number in the e-mail or recommendation letter.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you claiming Veteran's Preference in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 805, Section 657.003? FAILURE TO EMAIL THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS PER THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY IMPACT VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: To claim Veteran's Preference under the law you must be: (1) a veteran, including a veteran with a disability; (2) a surviving spouse of a veteran killed on active duty who has not remarried; or (3) an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty. If claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST immediately email to your specific supporting documentation at the time of application such as the DD Form 214 (member 4 copy), AND, if applicable, the Dept of Veteran's Affairs Verification of Disability Benefits Letter if claiming a service related disability, a DD Form 1300 to include qualifying Death, Birth, and Marriage Certificates if claiming surviving spouse/orphan. Your email MUST also include your name, position number, job title and the department for each position you are applying for. Documents received after a position closes will not be accepted.
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THEBC) maintains a list of Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas. A copy of this list can be found at: As part of your educational qualifications for this position, are you claiming a degree from any of the institutions listed on the THEBC website referenced above?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * What is the highest level of education you have achieved? Please note that only education received from a regionally accredited institution of higher education will be considered when determining if your education credentials meet the requirements for the position.
    • None
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • All but Dissertation
    • Earned Doctorate
    • Professional degree (MD, JD, etc)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Unofficial Transcript 1
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference 1
  2. Letter of Reference 2
  3. Letter of Reference 3
  4. Unofficial Transcript 2
  5. Unofficial Transcript 3
  6. Statement of Research Interest
  7. Miscellaneous