Virginia Commonwealth University

Four Instructor Positions
(Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track)

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for four full-time, non-tenure, term faculty positions at the rank of Instructor. This is an exciting time to be at VCU and a great opportunity to join our forward-thinking school. VCU is one of the nation’s premier urban, public research universities. With more than 31,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in Virginia. The Robertson School is accredited by ACEJMC and has approximately 1,300 students. Teaching assignments will be primarily at the undergraduate level. In all courses taught, the faculty member should reflect the School’s commitment to teaching excellence, community engagement and cultural diversity.

Candidates for all the positions below must have: (1) a Master’s degree in the specialty area applied for (i.e., advertising, journalism or public relations) or in a related field; (2) a proven track record of inspiring, guiding and mentoring others to reach their full potential; and (3) high expectations for students. Successful college teaching experience is highly preferred. We will recruit candidates with demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Advertising (position 1)
Course content will include (but is not limited to) graphic design, art direction and technical skills/Adobe programs. Additional candidate requirements:

  • Extensive experience in graphic design, art direction or creative direction
  • Expertise in the Adobe Creative Suite (especially in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop)
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate students’ strategic planning, creativity and vision

Journalism Production (position 2)
Course content will include (but is not limited to) beginning through advanced audio and video production for journalism. Additional candidate requirements:

  • Strong journalism audio and video (shooting and editing) skills and experience, and the ability to teach those skills
  • Ability to teach and apply traditional journalistic qualities (e.g., accuracy and fairness) for audio and video
  • Familiar with TV news workflows
  • Experience in producing and delivering video for online and mobile audiences

Public Relations (positions 3 & 4)
Course content will include (but is not limited to) PR Graphics and Production. Additional candidate requirements:

  • Significant professional experience using the Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop
  • Expertise in the areas of photographic composition, electronic newsletter design and distribution, website production and video storytelling

Application Process
The application process is the same for each position. Please submit the following application materials at VCUJOBS.com: (1) A letter of application (to Dr. Clarence Thomas, Chair of the Search Committee, with the position you are applying for clearly indicated); (2) current curriculum vitae (including the names and contact information of three references); and (3) the following items as one PDF file: three non-returnable samples of teaching materials and/or professional work and three non-returnable samples of student work (if available). For full consideration, application materials must be submitted by January 15, 2015. The positions remain open until filled. For additional information, contact Ms. Pamela Williams. Phone: (804) 828-2660; Fax: (804) 828-9175; or the School’s website: http://robertson.vcu.edu.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

James Madison University

Web Design Tenure-Track or Renewable Term Position – 0406332

The School of Media Arts & Design (SMAD) at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track or renewable-term assistant/associate professor position beginning in August 2015. Screening of applications will begin January 12, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

SMAD provides one of the finest media production facilities in the country. Its media labs offer instructional workspace for creating graphics, animation, audio, video, websites and apps. SMAD has four concentrations: Converged/Interactive Media, Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication, Digital Video and Cinema, and Journalism. Our faculty represents a blend of professional and academic interests. The School has more than 20 faculty members and approximately 600 undergraduate majors. For more information about our program, go to http://smad.jmu.edu.

We seek a student-oriented colleague with sophisticated design/aesthetic sensibilities (both web and print) and technical expertise to teach intermediate and advanced interactive media courses that include HTML and CSS. Additionally, candidates should have expertise with some combination of Javascript, content management systems, mobile development, user experience and emerging media. The candidate will contribute to the web design portion of our foundation course and will also be afforded the opportunity to teach other courses in her/his area of media expertise.

All SMAD faculty are engaged in teaching, service and research or creative activities. An MFA or Ph.D. is required for a tenure-track appointment; ABD applicants with the degree near completion will be considered. A master’s degree is required for a renewable-term appointment. Salary and rank are commensurate with education and experience.

To apply go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number 0406332. Candidates must complete the online application and upload the required cover letter, CV and contact information for three references In your cover letter please include the URL of your online portfolio. The names and contact information for three references will be requested at the end of the application. Each reference listed will receive an e-mail requesting that they submit a letter of recommendation through the JobLink system.

JMU is a vibrant university of more than 20,000 students. It is located in Harrisonburg, a Virginia Main Street community of about 50,000, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The university is approximately one hour from Charlottesville and two hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond. JMU has been ranked as the South’s top public master’s-level university for 17 of the past 21 years by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to http://www.harrisonburgva.gov.

James Madison University is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and to maintaining a work and educational environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

University of Mary Washington

Assistant Professor of Journalism

The Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication at the University of Mary Washington seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in journalism to begin August 15, 2015. The primary responsibilities of this position include teaching upper- and lower-level courses in journalism, including journalism in and with digital media; supervising production of both the print and digital editions of the student newspaper, The Blue and Gray Press; overseeing student internships in the field; and maintaining an active professional agenda. The successful candidate should show potential for excellence in teaching and should be able to instruct students in using technology current in journalistic practice, which may include digital storytelling, social media convergence, or data-driven journalism. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively and successfully with local and regional media partners and show an interest in interdisciplinary curricular development. The position has a 4/4 teaching load or the equivalent.

Required qualifications: M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. in journalism, English, or a closely related field by August 15, 2015.

Priority consideration will be given to candidates with professional experience in journalism.

Only applications submitted through the https://careers.umw.edu/ site will be considered. Applicants should submit: 1) a University of Mary Washington faculty employment application, 2) letter of application, 3) C.V., 4) unofficial graduate transcripts, 5) a sample of scholarship and/or professional work, totaling approximately 20 pages, 6) three letters of reference, and 7) a teaching portfolio. The teaching portfolio should be a single pdf document that includes any or all of the following: a teaching philosophy, syllabi, sample assignments, teaching evaluations, and other evidence of potential for excellence in teaching.

The deadline is December 1, 2014; first round interviews will be via Skype. Please contact the search chair, Colin Rafferty (craffert@umw.edu), with any questions about the position.