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Term Instructor of Journalism

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Jan 5, 2023

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Analyst, Research
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

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Term Instructor of JournalismThe Department of Communication at George Mason University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month term instructional position in journalism. The initial term of appointment is for a 3-semester contract (January - May 2023 and August 2023 - May 2024), with the opportunity for annual 9-month contract renewals.Applicants should have an MA/MS degree in journalism, communication, or related field and a record of teaching excellence, broadly defined. Teaching experience can come from professional contexts (workshops, etc.), high school experience, or, preferably, the college or undergraduate level. We invite applications from candidates across all platforms, subfields, and specializations within journalism, including, but not limited to, digital/social/mobile, television/radio, podcasting, photojournalism, print/newspaper, and so on. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to teach undergraduate courses in a variety of areas such as introduction to journalism, writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, online journalism, data and computational journalism, journalism law, and writing across the media. Past engagement with (or a strong interest in engaging with) the Society of Professional Journalists (student chapter) is also preferred.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Responsibilities:The Department of Communication offers three journalism programs: a concentration in journalism within our undergraduate major, and two minor degree programs (in journalism and photojournalism). The selected candidate will teach four journalism courses per semester (eight per academic year), and engage in formal service to the department, college, and/or university. The exact nature of this service will be negotiated with the department chair but will likely include advising student journalists, liaising with staff in Student Media, and assisting with curriculum development and assessment.Required Qualifications:A master's degree in journalism, media studies, communication, or related field;Journalism teaching experience, broadly defined;Professional journalism experience; andA commitment to creating inclusive and equitable classroom environments.Preferred Qualifications:Journalism teaching experience at the college and/or university levels;Three years or more of professional journalism experience;Experience advising student journalists and/or student media organizations;Network of professional contacts, preferably in the DC, Virginia, Maryland (DMV) region, for student internships and career development;Experience with or commitment to learning how to use online teaching tools (e.g., Blackboard, Zoom, Wikis, etc.); andExperience with or commitment to teaching a diverse student population.Required Materials:Cover letter. This cover letter should include a 1-2 page, single-spaced discussion of how your professional and academic experiences relate to the required and preferred qualifications listed above. We also advise including paragraphs on your teaching philosophy (approach to teaching) and your experience with or commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity in the classroom;CV/resume; andContact information for three references.About the Department:The Department of Communication at George Mason University has a diverse and collegial faculty committed to teaching and research excellence, community and public service, inclusion, and social equity. All department faculty participate in the life of our campus community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions and other events. Located just 15 miles from Washington, D.C., we offer a broad undergraduate program with 500 majors, five minor degree programs, a vibrant MA program, and a highly ranked PhD program. Our research faculty have particular expertise in science and environmental communication, health communication, strategic communication, and media studies. At Mason, we serve a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students who bring a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds to our classrooms. Additionally, the department supports several co-curricular activities, including debate, forensics, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), and a comprehensive student media program.

To apply online for position F7701Z, please log on to Click on the "Create Application" link; check the faculty application box and click "go." Create a username and password and hit "enter." Fill in your personal and reference information. Complete the application form and attach the required documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for three references. The cover letter should address the list of required and preferred qualifications.For more information, please contact the search committee chair, Tim Gibson, at full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin November 2 and will continue until this position is filled for the Spring 2023 semester with a January 2023 start date.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."


George Mason University is a university with three campuses, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students, faculty, and staff have full access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the main campus in Fairfax, the university has campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties.

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