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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Journalism

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Journalism
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.  The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers.  In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

 Job Description:
The Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is accepting applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position set to begin on September 1, 2020.
The ideal candidate will constructively bridge the worlds of journalism studies and journalism practice. Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of academic or creative scholarship and the potential to continue their high-level work at an R1 university.
The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose research and/or teaching interests focus on International Journalism, Journalism Ethics, Economic or Business Journalism, Sports Journalism, Data and Society, Science, Technology and Society, or Social Justice and Journalism. In addition to their own area of expertise, applicants should have the ability to teach at least one core requirement for the journalism major, such as Introduction to Journalism, News Writing and Reporting and/or Journalism Ethics.
The Journalism Department is a collegial and dynamic group within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our focus is on a superlative undergraduate classroom experience for our approximately 400 majors, and we have a growing research profile in data analytics, media distribution, history and social justice topics.

  • A Ph.D. in Journalism, Mass Communications or a closely related field is preferred.
  • ABD candidates with an expected completion date by August 31, 2020, will be considered, as will candidates with a master’s degree and superlative professional experience.
  • Previous teaching experience is preferred.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three references online. Applicants should also submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses past or future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching and/or outreach.

A review of applications will begin on October 1, 2019, and will continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. Questions can be addressed to Department Administrator Sheilagh Hanley at
Additional Information:
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The chosen candidate will teach a 2/2 course load.
The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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