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Department Name: 8M100: School Of Journalism and Media
The College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky seeks applications for the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Media. This is a special title series, tenure-eligible, 9-month position reporting directly to the School Director, with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2023.
Responsibilities and Qualifications: The Assistant Professor's primary focus will be on Sports Journalism and News Writing and Reporting. This position will teach classes in sports journalism (both survey courses and skills classes), news writing, news editing, reporting and advanced reporting, and may teach other areas in the School, including introduction to journalism, history of journalism, and multimedia journalism. This position requires the ability to teach and mentor students at all levels, from first-semester freshmen to graduating seniors. Faculty members in the special title series typically teach three courses each semester and may teach classes that satisfy the Community, Culture and Citizenship in US UK core requirement. The other significant areas of responsibility may be either scholarship related to professional practice or administration in the unit. All tenure-eligible faculty are expected to provide service to the School, College, University, and/or profession.
Required qualifications are Ph.D. in communication or a related field or a master's degree in communication or a related field with significant professional journalism experience (10+ years) with increasing levels of responsibility. Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to earn tenure at the University through their teaching and scholarship/administration. Previous university teaching experience is required. Preferred qualifications are significant university teaching experience, teaching sports journalism courses, demonstrated expertise in teaching large introductory journalism classes, a record of innovative curriculum development to meet changing industry needs, and regional and national recognition for professional accomplishments. The School encourages applications from faculty who will bring dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion to the School's teaching, service and research missions.
Our Commitment to Diversity: Experiencing a record high enrollment growth in students classified as first-generation and underrepresented minorities, the University of Kentucky is committed to creating a diverse, multicultural community of scholars and learners. It strives to be a model for the Commonwealth of Kentucky of a truly diverse society that celebrates human differences, promotes fairness and equity in policies and practices, and upholds basic principles of social justice.
As such, we are committed to recruitment, retention, and representation strategies and practices to increase the presence of underrepresented individuals, including ongoing investment and responsive support to ensure that our employees can grow and succeed in their careers. Our commitment applies to all candidates inclusive of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
About the School: The School of Journalism and Media is recognized for its accomplishments in academic scholarship and professional areas. The School offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in two areas of study: journalism (print/multimedia, broadcast/multimedia) and media arts and studies. The Journalism program is ACEJMC accredited while the Media Arts and Studies program is currently seeking accreditation. The School also participates in the graduate program of the college that includes the M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication.
Students learn first-hand working at the award-winning Kentucky Kernel newspaper, KRNL Lifestyle and Fashion magazine and the Kentucky Kernel Year in Photos. Also, there are great opportunities at WRFL, WUKY, and the Student News Network, our award-winning student newscast. School alumni include Pulitzer, Emmy, Murrow, and Oscar winners and current media makers with ESPN, CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN, EA, and The Washington Post.
The School also promotes the free flow of information through its Scripps Howard First Amendment Center. Since 1981, the School has been the home of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues also operates within the School.
About the College: The College of Communication and Information is composed of two schools (School of Information Science and School of Journalism and Media), two departments (Department of Communication and Department of Integrated Strategic Communication), and interdisciplinary master's and PhD programs. More than 80 full-time faculty lead nearly 2,000 undergraduate majors and 350 graduate students while also teaching in the university's core curriculum and serving students pursuing minors and certificates in the college. The college also houses University of Kentucky's independent student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, and the championship winning Intercollegiate Debate Team.
About the University: Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grant institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The campus is home to more than 31,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty members, and nearly 14,000 staff members. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. As such, the University of Kentucky is an incubator for interdisciplinary research. These collaborations allow researchers to address the rapidly changing needs of a global society.
According to Forbes magazine's 2022 America's Best-in-State Employers list, the University of Kentucky is the top ranked education employer in the state. In addition, for a fifth straight year, the University of Kentucky has appeared on ModernThink's list of Great Colleges to Work For. As a leader among employers, the University of Kentucky offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more details, please visit https://hr.uky.edu/insurance-and-retirement.
About Lexington: Featured on the U.S. News & World Report's list of best places to live in 2022, the City of Lexington is a great place to not only live, but also work and study. With a population of roughly 320,000, Lexington offers both the warmth and lower cost of living of a small city and the amenities you would enjoy in a larger city, including the arts, cultural events, and a thriving dining scene.
Application materials should include: a letter of application (upload under Cover Letter), a curriculum vita, evidence of teaching excellence (under Specific Request 1) and contact information for three references when prompted in the application. Please note that references will not be contacted without prior consent.
Application review will begin May 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair: Deborah Chung via email at Deborah.Chung@uky.edu.
The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Ph.D. in communications or a related field or a master's degree in communication or related field with significant professional journalism experience (10+ years) with increasing levels of responsibility.
Required Related Experience:
Previous university teaching experience.
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Preferred qualifications are significant university teaching experience, teaching sports journalism courses, demonstrated expertise in teaching large introductory journalism classes, a record of innovative curriculum development to meet changing industry needs, and regional and national recognition for professional accomplishments
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.
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