Assistant/Associate Professor of Digital Media & Journalism



Job description

Lynchburg, VA

Posting Number: F00164P

Classification Title: Faculty


Liberty University’s hiring practices and EEO Statement are fully in compliance with both federal and state law. Federal law creates an exception to the “religion” component of the employment discrimination laws for religious organizations (including educational institutions), and permits them to give employment preference to members of their own religion. Liberty University is in that category.

Does this position require driving?: Yes

Job Summary/Basic Function

Working independently and exercising good judgment and discretion, the faculty member will primarily teach undergraduate residential courses in journalism and digital journalism. Online teaching opportunities may also be available, and if taken, are separately contracted. If the chosen candidate possesses a relevant terminal degree, there may be an opportunity to teach at the graduate level as well, in either Master’s level courses or in our newly launching Ph.D. in Communication, with an emphasis on digital and strategic communication. The position requires a great ability to work with students on projects, enhancing the experiential model of learning. The ideal candidate may also work with the Champion newspaper produced by our school, serving in a faculty advising role and guiding the transition to digital news and content. Additional duties may include, newsroom, field and studio work as related to the courses and newspaper production, both for print and online consumption. It is also vital that this position collaborates with other portions of the School of Communication & Digital Content, where other courses feed content in a cross-utilized manner.

The candidate should have the ability to incorporate converged media into our program. Preference will b given to applicants with journalism/digital media industry experience. MFA or Ph.D. in these communication related fields, with higher education teaching experience, preferred. This faculty position will also include advising students, some departmental/community engagement, and other tasks as assigned by the department chair or dean. Finally, this position will likely involve some course creation as our Digital Journalism program is fully incorporated into the online model of education delivery. Position available starting August 2019, for the Fall-19 semester.

  1. The faculty member primarily teaches introductory through advanced undergraduate courses in the fields of journalism, digital journalism, and digital media.
  2. Functions as a faculty advisor and mentor to students.
  3. Participates in various faculty meetings, serves on committees, and represents the School of Communication & Digital Content at various community and recruitment events.
  4. Remains abreast of existing and emerging technologies, processes, products, services and leading industry performance benchmarks.
  5. Works effectively as a team member, embracing and fostering LU’s mission.

Supervisory Responsibilities – It is expected that this position will ultimately function as the advisor for the Liberty Champion newspaper and digital outlets. As such, the advisor will supervise Champion volunteer staff, work/study, work assist, and graduate assistant (GSA) positions as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with journalism/digital media industry experience. A minimum of an M.A. or M.S. in Journalism or related field is required to teach at an undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications

A terminal degree such as the MFA or Ph.D. in Communication or a related field, with higher education teaching experience, is preferred. Strong hands-on digital journalism skills are required. The selected candidate must possess well-developed communication skills.

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