Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.
Position Title: Clinical Faculty - Convergent Journalistic Writing
Position Tracking Number: F066
School/College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
Department: Communication Studies
Location: Azusa, CA-approximately 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles
Description: The Azusa Pacific University Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a full-time faculty member who will teach writing classes in both journalism and communication studies programs, serve as Writing Coach for APU's converged student media, and help manage APU's new Convergent Newsroom. Position begins Fall 2018.
The department houses three majors - journalism, public relations, and communication studies - 12 full-time faculty, nearly 25 part-time/adjunct faculty, and approximately 400 major and minor undergraduates. The Journalism major offers three emphases for a Bachelor of Arts degree: News and Storytelling, Media Studies, and Sports Journalism. As part of the journalism program, the department supports a convergent/integrated media environment, known on campus as ZuMedia. ZuMedia includes a digital and traditional student newspaper (ZuNews), digital and traditional magazine (ZuMagazine), a television/online studio (ZuTV), and an online radio station (ZuRadio). Additionally, the department sponsors a nationally-competitive forensics team and offers qualified scholars a chance to participate in Lambda Pi Eta, a national honors society. The department plans to offer a M.A. in Communication Studies in the near future.
Specializations: Writing and Editing, Convergent Journalism, Media Advising, Writing Across the Curriculum
This position will:
teach writing classes such as Editing and Writing for Communication, with particular emphasis on skill development in journalistic and academic writing and editing;
serve as the writing coach for all of APU's converged student media (ZuMedia) platforms, which includes serving as faculty of record for workshop classes, mentoring students to help them elevate their writing, and assisting with weekly converged student media meetings and individual advising of editorial staff.
help manage APU's new Convergent Newsroom, which includes serving as a key contact in the newsroom, troubleshooting issues, developing policies and procedures to ensure efficient lab operations and quality service, and assisting with software updates to keep technology functioning at optimum capacity.
The position will be a mixture of teaching, coaching, and advising within the department. Other duties include advising students, participating on committee assignments at the department and university levels, maintaining professional activity and academic currency in the field of journalistic writing and storytelling, and participating in all faculty meetings. Commitment to the university's faith statement is required of all candidates. May be needed to work at alternative teaching sites.
Level: Instructor, Assistant or Associate Professor (Clinical/Professional Faculty)
Ph.D. or Master's Degree in a Journalism or Communication Studies related field strongly preferred. Master's Degree in relevant field and professional writing and/or writing instruction required. Candidates must also adhere to Azusa Pacific University's Evangelical Christian tradition. Faculty members are required to sign a "Statement of Faith" (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe) and to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook.
Prior experience teaching writing at the collegiate or university level.
Two to three years of hands-on advising of students in journalism production and/or writing coaching.
Three to five years professional writing experience preferred.
Workload: Full-time position
Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
Hire Date: Fall 2018. Review of applications to begin September 15, 2017 and will continue until position is filled.
Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.
Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates. Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.