The School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in bilingual/Spanish-language digital media/journalism at the level of assistant professor, to start August 2020.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be able to teach in the long term across the undergraduate curriculum in classes such as but not limited to: Writing for Spanish Language Media, Principles of Journalism, Principles of Digital Media and Design, Media Writing and Reporting, and Principles of Media Studies. Candidate will also teach classes aligned with their particular research interests, including upper division/graduate level classes. The successful candidate will also be able to teach graduate-level courses, as needed on a rotational basis. In alignment with the University’s teacher-scholar model, the new hire could also teach a dual-level elective fitting the candidate’s area(s) of research interest and his/her research program. The faculty member is expected to have a scholarly research agenda in digital media/journalism, to provide service to the School and professional digital media and journalism communities, and to serve on master’s thesis and comprehensive examination committees.
Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in journalism, digital media, mass communication, communication, or an allied field is required by the position start date. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, in line with SDSU’s teacher-scholar model. Evidence or promise of a strong research agenda in digital media/journalism is required. Scholars with a research focus on the U.S. southern border, media in Latin America, and/or media issues relating to Latinx populations are preferred. Ability and interest to teach digital media and journalism courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required. Relevant professional experience in the media industry is required.
Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a track record of teaching digital media and journalism courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise and/or experience in teaching undergraduate courses in bilingual/Spanish-language media, digital media and journalism.
The ideal candidate should have a strong program of scholarship already in development that will complement the active scholarly activity of its faculty in creating cutting-edge theory, applying mass communication theory to professional practice, and examining key issues of the profession.
One of the goals of the School of Journalism and Media Studies Strategic Plan is to maintain our international research reputation in journalism and digital media. To that end, we strongly encourage applications from candidates whose research investigates digital media theories in diverse cultures, especially Spanish-speaking countries and communities. At present, the faculty's global expertise lies in China, Europe, and the Middle East; Latin and South America are strategic areas for growth and development in theory and practice. Fluency and literacy in both English and Spanish would be a plus.
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates with demonstrated experience working with, teaching or mentoring students from under-represented communities.
Candidates should address how they meet two or more of the following areas as part of SDSU’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity in their application cover letter: how one currently serves underrepresented populations in higher education and in what capacity; knowledge of the barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education; experience in teaching and mentoring underrepresented students; the integration of underrepresented populations and communities into one’s research; the opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic / scholarly success to members of underrepresented groups; research that engages underrepresented communities; expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration; and research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.
Rank and Salary: This is a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate’s doctoral degree be earned by the appointment start date in August 2020. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications: Review of application materials will begin September 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/65382. All additional inquiries should be addressed to: Amy Schmitz Weiss, Ph.D., Digital Media Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Media Studies San Diego State University firstname.lastname@example.org
About the School of Journalism and Media Studies: The successful candidate will become part of a school with 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty, about two dozen non-tenure-line lecturers, and more than 600 majors, pre-majors, and graduate students. Marquee programs in the School include bilingual media writing, digital/social media research and curricular initiatives, media entrepreneurship, and the Center for Science and Media. Undergraduate program areas include advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations. The School offers a master’s degree program in mass communication and media studies, as well as a master’s degree program in learning design and technology. The School of Journalism and Media Studies will also be conducting a national search for a director this academic year. Details to come. The School is also part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, one of seven colleges that serve a university community of 35,000 students in a fast-growing, culturally rich, metropolitan area with a loyal regional base and strong national and international relationships. For more information, visit: http://jms.sdsu.edu.
About the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU’s and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity. PSFA website: http://psfa.sdsu.edu/
About San Diego State University:
SDSU is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 36,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. Overall, SDSU students can choose from 84 undergraduate majors, 76 master’s programs and 21 doctoral degree programs.
SDSU ranks among the top universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity among its student body, as well as the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred upon students of color. Increasingly recognized for innovative research, SDSU is establishing itself as one of the leading public research universities. It is classified as a "research-high" institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Research funding has more than doubled from a decade ago. Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.
EO-1083 Mandated Reporter Statement: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Background Statement: A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
EEO Statement: SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for under - graduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought, including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
Academic and Community Engagement — San Diego State University is a community of leaders committed to student success and life-changing opportunities for students, such as study abroad, under - graduate research, leadership training, and entrepreneurial exp...eriences. SDSU is the oldest higher education institution in the San Diego region, and our deep community roots provide access to internships, mentoring relation - ships, and volunteer opportunities that complement and enhance the classroom experience. SDSU is an academically rich university that provides endless possibilities for students: bachelor’s degrees in 96 areas, master’s degrees in 80 fields, and 21 doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., and D.P.T.). SDSU is a place for the best and brightest to dream of who they will become and to make those dreams a reality.
Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - Diversity is a hallmark of San Diego State University, where students from all backgrounds achieve excellence and success. The university has been recognized nationally for large increases in graduation rates and for nearly eliminating achievement gaps among ethnic and racial groups. SDSU’s campus reflects the diversity of our region and the world beyond. Stu - dents from more than 90 nations con - tribute to SDSU’s dynamic mix of ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds. SDSU tied for No. 7 in the nation for ethnic and racial diversity, received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for five consecutive years, is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving institution, and is one of the top universities in economic diversity. More than half of our students and 43 percent of our tenure-track faculty members are women. We are a national model for educating military veterans, and we rank as one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly campuses in the nation. Through our “One SDSU Community” initiative, our campus fosters shared experiences, values, and aspirations that embrace our unique identities, respect our diversity, and recognize our common humanity.
Education and Global Perspectives — One of our goals at SDSU is to prepare global citizens. From curriculum content and cultural campus activities to international research and exchange programs, we are creating a global experience that will be transformational for our students. SDSU ranks No. 5 in the nation in the number of students who study abroad to gain new perspectives and to grow personally and intellectually. More than 3,000 SDSU students study abroad each year in more than 70 countries, including the United Kingdom, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Our campus-based academic programs reinforce this global perspective. These programs include the Center for International Business Education and Research; the Center for Latin American Studies; the International Security and Conflict Resolution degree program; and the International Business program, which ranks No. 12 in the nation.
Research and Creative Endeavors — San Diego State is a leading public research university with a thriving research agenda and competitive awards totaling over $134 million in 2017-2018 — including funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the California Department of Health Services. Undergraduate research and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of SDSU. Stu - dents collaborate with faculty and staff in on-campus laboratories to address national and global challenges, and they create new companies and social enterprises in our entrepreneurship and innovation centers. More than 90 SDSU students have earned prestigious Fulbright awards since 2005, while other students have received Gilman International Scholarships, Boren Awards for International Study, the Udall Scholarship for environmental work, and Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
Leadership Starts Here — SDSU lives by the ethos “Leadership Starts Here” – a pretty bold statement. It is also a promise – one that our students keep every day by focusing on academic excellence and engaging society’s challenges. SDSU’s legacy of leadership is found in research and innovation, entrepreneur - ship, community engagement, and global competition. SDSU alumni lead governments, businesses and organizations throughout the world. They are legislators, CEOs, company presidents and founders, school administrators, and engineers. Aztecs run biotech companies, accounting firms, restaurant chains, film studios, and hospitals, just to name a few.
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