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Type of Position:
Faculty – Tenure/Tenure Track
Day Shift (United States of America)
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.
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School of Journalism and Strategic Media
Summary of Job Duties:
The School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites nominations and applications for the tenure-track Assistant Professor of Data Journalism and Director of Culture, Outreach, and Retention for the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. The successful candidate will lead the School’s outreach and student success programs for underserved students, including recruitment, retention, workforce development, and related activities or topics. He/She/They will work with the assistant director of culture, outreach and retention to administer and implement student success programs, initiatives, outreach and related documentation and analysis for underserved students. He/She/They should either have a strong record of significant experience in student success or outreach programs for underserved students, or significant promise of leading student success or outreach programs, initiatives, and analysis, including recruitment, retention and graduation of underserved students. The successful candidate must also have, or have the potential for, a significant program of research or creative activity, preferably in data journalism, infographics and web or digital production; relevant university or college teaching experience; and professional experience in data journalism, infographics and web or digital production. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position.
Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate
- A Ph.D. or terminal degree in journalism, mass media, mass communications, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the initial start date
- At least one year of relevant university or college teaching experience
- The ability to teach data journalism, infographics, and web or digital production and related multimedia news courses
- At least one year of relevant professional experience in data journalism, infographics, and web or digital production, or other areas relevant to the position
- Demonstration of and a commitment to maintaining a program of national refereed scholarship or creative activity, or evidence of future potential for maintaining a program of national refereed scholarship or creative activity, in data journalism, infographics, and web or digital production, or a field relevant to the position
- The ability to mentor undergraduate, honors, and graduate students, including serving on or directing thesis committees and senior papers as well as other related duties
- Two years or more of professional experience in data journalism, infographics, and web or digital production, or other areas relevant to the position
- Two years or more of relevant university or college teaching experience
- The ability to be an active, involved, and collegial member of a collaborative faculty team, the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Arkansas, and relevant national service organizations
- Experience in-or the potential for-administering and implementing initiatives, programs, and outreach, including recruitment, retention, teaching, mentoring, supporting the graduation of diverse students, documenting, and reporting relevant data, and analyzing diversity data to improve existing or develop new initiatives, programs, and/or outreach for diverse students. This includes outreach to and activities for diverse students in the summer, working with the assistant director of culture, outreach, and retention, as well as throughout the year
The School of Journalism and Strategic Media is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and media discourse. The School is nationally accredited by the ACEJMC or the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Our faculty members are accomplished professionals in their fields who are actively engaged in scholarship. For more information visit https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/journalism/
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Required Documents to Apply:
Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Diversity Statement, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Proof of Veteran Status
Recruitment Contact Information:
Bret Schulte, Search committee chair, [email protected]
All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS
Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Other required documents: An example of scholarship such as a published journal article, presented article or draft of an article, or providing digital copies or a link to creative activity, research or scholarly work posted online,
Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry
The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.
Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
Constant Physical Activity:
Frequent Physical Activity:
Occasional Physical Activity:
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.
How to apply
Completed applications received by 3/27/2023, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.
For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Bret Schulte, at [email protected].
Required Applicant Materials:
- A letter of interest (demonstrating how your strengths match the duties and qualifications listed above)
- A complete curriculum vitae
- A diversity statement, which may include evidence of previous activities to promote and maintain diversity, equity, and inclusion
- An example of scholarship such as a published journal article, presented article or draft of an article, or providing digital copies or a link to creative activity, research or scholarly work posted online
- A statement of teaching philosophy, which may include evidence of teaching effectiveness (not to exceed three pages)
- The names, titles, addresses, and contact information of three references willing to provide reference letters upon request
Transcripts will be required from finalists.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.