Visiting Assistant Professorship in Journalism and Communication Arts

The Departments of English and Performance and Communication Arts at St. Lawrence University seek applicants for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Journalism and Communication Arts for the 2020-2021 academic year. Experience teaching introduction to journalism (print and digital), introduction to communication studies, and advising an undergraduate campus newspaper are required. Significant reporting and editorial experience preferred. Our departments are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their application a separate statement on diversity outlining how they will advance this commitment.

Essential Functions: Teach five (5) courses per academic year. The teaching load will include introductory journalism writing, introduction to communications, and advising the St. Lawrence University student newspaper, The Hill News, on content, design, and publication. Journalism classes enroll approximately 16 students and are typically run as seminars; Introduction to Communications sections enroll 16 students.

The Hill News is an award-winning student-run newspaper published weekly. The staff of The Hill News is comprised of students from many majors, but Introduction to Journalism is a primary feeder for the paper’s news stories and features.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D/ABD in English, Communications, or related field, or MFA in Creative Writing; experience teaching journalism and communications to undergraduates; demonstrated success in advising a student-run newspaper; demonstrated excellence in teaching. The English and Performance and Communication Arts departments also seek evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies that engage broadly diverse student populations.

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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