Tenure-Track Journalism Position Open in WCSU Writing Department

WCSU’s Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Journalism to begin in fall of 2016. The Department offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (with concentrations in 1. Journalism and Public Relations, 2. Creative Writing, and 3. Business and Technical Writing) and the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing.

The successful candidate will teach a range of undergraduate courses in journalism and will take primary responsibility for the undergraduate concentration in Journalism and Public Relations. The candidate will review and update the journalism curriculum as appropriate to meet current expectations for journalists regarding social and electronic media. In addition, the candidate will be expected to participate fully in the work of the department and university by advising students, serving on committees, and advising The Echo, the student-run campus newspaper. The successful candidate will be expected to help journalism students find and complete pre-professional internships and may have opportunities to work with graduate students in the department’s MFA program in Creative and Professional Writing.

Full-time faculty members carry a four/four teaching load, with opportunities for reassigned time for faculty development and creative activities/research.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a professional journalist with teaching experience and publishing history in newspapers, magazines, web, and/or books. Ability to teach creative nonfiction will be seen as a bonus, but is not a requirement. Consideration will be given to candidates who have:

(A) An earned doctorate, or an MFA appropriate to the field, from an accredited college or university, OR

(B) At least three (3) years of full-time service in a college or university at a rank of Instructor or above, plus a master’s degree plus the equivalent of at least one year’s full-time graduate study beyond the master’s.

As the Department engages in many extra-curricular projects at the departmental and university-wide levels and because WCSU is a dynamic, diverse workplace, the ability to work harmoniously with students, faculty, and staff from various backgrounds and cultures is highly valued. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

Note: Candidates who may have credentials and/or experience substantially comparable to the listed standards (such as, but not limited to, many years of journalistic experience, significant editorial experience, or significant awards in the field) are also encouraged to apply.

Minimum Starting Salary: $59,668 for Assistant Professor. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications. WCSU offers a competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience and a comprehensive benefits package. There are grant opportunities to support research and conference attendance. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.wcsu.edu/hr/benefits .

Application Materials: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to: facultyvitae@wcsu.edu Finalists will be asked to submit a portfolio of his or her writing. Reference search #600-295 in the subject line. Applications must be received by December 1, 2015.


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