Assistant Professor of Journalism, with experience in newswriting/editorial, and additional experience in environmental journalism preferred. While environmental reporting is preferred, other journalism related areas of expertise may also be considered. The position is full time, tenure track, beginning September 2018. We strive for a diverse range of applicants, including women, people of color, veterans and people with disabilities. Position is at the rank of assistant professor. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The WWU Department of Journalism seeks a colleague with strong professional and academic experience to teach in a program oriented toward news media with sequences in news-editorial, public relations and visual journalism. A dual-major in environmental journalism with the Huxley College of the Environment is also being reinstated.
About the College/Department:
The journalism department offers strong, professionally oriented undergraduate news-editorial, public relations and visual journalism sequences. At the heart of the department's curriculum are its writing courses – news writing, editing, reporting, feature writing, advanced reporting and public relations. These courses stress clarity, accuracy and depth of content in a sequence designed to develop professional skills, sensitivity to people and understanding of society. Publications produced by journalism students have won numerous state, regional and national awards. The department has nine full-time positions and several adjunct positions, and puts a high premium on teaching quality, maintaining small class sizes (for example, writing and editing classes are capped at 18 students) and an intimate working environment for faculty and students. The department has more than 300 majors, pre-majors and minors.
The department is widely recognized for excellence in journalism instruction and is an integral part of a minor in Internet resources. Students are required to complete a supervised internship. The department has a Macintosh teaching lab and state-of-the-art laboratories for the student-produced newspaper, magazines and online publications. Faculty take active roles in department administration and university affairs. Find us at: http://www.wwu.edu/depts/journalism/.
Teach courses designed for students across all three majors (News-Ed, PR and VJ) – such as newswriting and editing
Teach courses with an emphasis on digital media and/or environmental journalism
Collaborate on curriculum development and participate in program activities
Maintain a research, creative and/or professional practice agenda
Participate in committee work, departmental and university governance activities
Full-time professional experience in traditional or online news
Three or more years of professional experience in journalism or a related field
Master’s degree in Journalism or related field
Evidence of excellence in teaching in higher education and an ability and interest in working closely with students
Ability to teach a variety of courses for all majors including communication theory, editing, newswriting, ethics
Demonstrated ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Evidence of an established research agenda or scholarly achievement
Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues on curriculum development and program activities
Experience working in or teaching environmental journalism
Evidence of digital media experience either professionally or teaching
Evidence of leadership in an academic or professional setting
Ability to teach courses in other areas, reporting, intro to mass media, online journalism, media history, media law, grammar; and ability to advise student newspaper and magazine
Ability to address diversity or gender issues across the curriculum
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.