Assistant / Associate Professor of English (Journalism)

Working Title: Assistant / Associate Professor of English (Journalism)

Appointment Type: Full Time

Purpose of Position:

The Department of English at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Journalism, effective August, 2023. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. Successful candidates will be responsible for teaching lower and upper-level writing courses, contributing to the ongoing development of the curriculum and courses in journalism, and advising students in the new minor. Successful candidates should be able to teach effectively in the University’s Liberal Learning Core and have a promising scholarly agenda and commitment to taking an active part in the life and work of the Department and University. Preference will be given to candidates with specialties in journalism, digital journalism, multimedia, media law and ethics, and subfields like data, science, travel, entertainment, and sports journalism. The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 3-3.

A doctoral degree in Rhetoric and Composition, English, or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank and ABD candidates who will not hold the doctorate by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable. Candidates interested in serving as faculty advisor for a weekly student-run newspaper, and/or with experience in middle and secondary education, are encouraged to apply.

Departmental Information:

The Department of English at Christopher Newport University is composed of 23 faculty and 124 majors. Housed in McMurran Hall and offering concentrations in literature and writing, the department is adding a minor in journalism, effective Fall 2022. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its academic programs are invited to visit

Faculty Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in “The 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition,” Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Our Fall 2022 incoming class presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.76 and 1180, respectively. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 2nd among public regional universities in the South and 5th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.

Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the workplace. For further information, please visit our website at


Posting Detail Information

Posting Number: F194P

Application Deadline: 10/24/2022

Application Instructions:

To apply, candidates must visit to upload a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests, a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. (Letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to Letters of reference will be the only documents accepted via email.

Review of applications will begin on October 24, 2022.
Applications received after October 24, 2022 will be considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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