Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with teaching and research concentrations in strategic communication and public relations, and an emphasis in social media or data analytics. The start date is fall 2018. Our new colleague will be expected to teach undergraduate courses within our strategic communication major, including public relations strategies, campaigns, and public relations writing, as well as digitally oriented courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Candidates should have experience in strategic communication, and professional experience with digital platforms is desirable. A Ph.D. in public relations, mass communications or a related field and teaching experience at the college level are preferred. Candidates with a master’s degree in public relations or a related field, significant professional experience and a creative or scholarly research agenda will be considered.
A completed application should include:

  • A cover letter that addresses interest in and qualifications for the position
  • A curriculum vita
  • Names, addresses, e-mail, and phone numbers of at least three references.

Washington and Lee is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. W&L’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications is the nation’s only accredited journalism program in a highly competitive liberal arts university.

Review of applications will begin Dec. 1. Send applications and inquiries to Professor Dayo Abah at abahd@wlu.edu, 204 Reid Hall, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450.

Virginia Tech

Assistant Professor in Data Journalism & Analytics
Department of Communication


Position Summary:

The Department of Communication at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor whose research and teaching focus on data journalism, analytics, and multimedia storytelling. Ideal candidates will have academic and professional backgrounds relevant to application of advanced analytic techniques to multimedia journalism practice. Relevant research background for the position includes areas such as data visualization, crowdsourcing, computational science, and network analysis. Candidates should be prepared to teach courses related to multimedia journalism, data journalism, and analytics. Candidates should be prepared to contribute to curriculum development emphasizing integration of advanced analytic techniques with multimedia journalism and storytelling production in a lab environment. Typical teaching expectations are two courses per semester or equivalent within a lab environment.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Creativity & Innovation (C&I) Strategic Growth Area, one of several new university-wide initiatives at Virginia Tech (see http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html). The C&I Strategic Growth Area is focused on empowering partners and stakeholders to collaborate on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship efforts that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Faculty working together in this area comprise a vibrant ecosystem that melds the exploration of innovative technologies and the design of creative experiences with best practices for developing impact-driven and meaningful outcomes and solutions. Candidates with demonstrated experience of interdisciplinary teaching or research in areas that align with the C&I vision are especially encouraged to apply.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in communication or related field, broadly defined.
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarly publication and successful teaching.
  • Potential to secure extramural funding.
  • Evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching and of potential for the development and maintenance of a nationally or internationally recognized research program.
  • ABD applicants will be considered, but the doctoral degree must be awarded by the appointment date of August 10, 2018.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with “big data,” large public data sets, and public records.
  • Background and research expertise related to advanced analytic techniques such as, but not limited to, “big data,” data visualization, crowdsourcing, computational science, and network analysis.
  • Experience working with scripting and analysis packages such as, but not limited to, R, Python, SQL, and / or other scripting languages
  • Background related to technology and innovation in journalism and multimedia storytelling.
  • Interest in teaching students concepts and technical skills involving integration of data and information in multimedia journalism packages.

How to Apply for this Job:
Application screening will begin November 15, 2017. Complete applications include the online application form and the following supplemental materials: a cover letter briefly detailing applicant’s fit with the job description and department; a complete CV; a statement of teaching philosophy and experience; two writing samples of research related to multimedia journalism and data analytics; and names, address, phone numbers, and email contacts for at least three references. Applications must be submitted electronically at http://jobs.vt.edu. Direct questions to James D. Ivory, Department of Communication, 111 Shanks Hall, 181 Turner Street NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061; Telephone (540) 231-6507, email jivory@vt.edu.