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Assistant Professor-Journalism

Schieffer College of Communication

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Assistant Professor-Journalism

  • 499044
  • Faculty
  • Full-time
  • Opening at: Sep 13 2023 at 09:00 CDT
  • Schieffer College of Communication

Application Deadline:

October 22, 2023 or until position is filled

Position Details:

This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.

The Department of Journalism in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, invites applications for a faculty position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Journalism, with expertise in Sports Journalism. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Journalism, Mass Communication or a closely related discipline by the position's appointment date in August 2024. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply, with their job offer contingent upon successful completion of their Ph.D. degree before Fall 2024.

The successful candidate will join the department starting from the 2024-2025 academic year. Applicants are expected to demonstrate strong teaching and research skills, with the potential for developing a rigorous, peer-reviewed research portfolio appropriate for a tenure-track scholar. The candidate will have opportunities to teach and engage in research, utilizing resources provided by our college’s Schieffer Media Insights Lab.

Applicants are expected to teach our department's upper-level Reporting and Skills courses, especially Sports Journalism and Long Form Journalism as their primary teaching responsibility. Additional teaching assignments may include, but are not limited to, our core and required lower- and upper-division courses in areas such as Historical Development of Mass Media, Diversity and the Media, Digital Storytelling, Mass Media Ethics, Law and Ethics of Mass Communication, and related offerings. The teaching load for our tenure-track faculty is 2-3 or 3-2, with a one-course reduction offered in the first and fourth years to support their progress toward tenure and promotion.

We seek candidates who fit our teacher-scholar model, and are committed to providing our undergraduate students with an active, supportive mentoring and learning environment, advancing knowledge through theoretically and/or historically significant scholarship, and contributing to the inclusive excellence of our university community.

Department Details:

The Department of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), and offers BA and BS degrees in Journalism, as well as a minor in Journalism. In addition to the courses listed above, its diverse faculty members teach courses in areas such as Reporting, News and Advanced News Production, Multi-Platform Capstone, Introduction to Journalism, and Introduction to Visual Journalism. The department also offers a semester-long Washington D.C. Program where students have internship opportunities for course credit in top media and related organizations. Departmental resources include state-of-the-art broadcast studios, hands-on, award-winning and student-produced TCU 360 news hub (https://www.tcu360.com/), video and photography cameras, news production equipment and other facilities. The majority of our courses are taught in the Moudy South Building (where the department is housed) in close proximity to our Newsroom, faculty offices, and equipment room, all of which serve to enhance student engagement and administrative support.

School/College Description:

In 2023, the Schieffer College celebrates the 10th anniversary of its naming for TCU alumnus and longtime CBS network TV correspondent Bob Schieffer. The college is the academic home for four departments: Communication Studies; Film, Television and Digital Media; Journalism; and Strategic Communication. Some 1,250 undergraduate student majors complete coursework in areas that include: Advertising and Public Relations; Cinema and Media Studies; Digital and Social Media; Health Communication and Media; Interpersonal and Organizational Communication; Journalism and News Media Studies; and Sports Broadcasting. About 30 graduate students pursue master’s degrees in Communication Studies or Strategic Communication, and some 60 full-time and 15 part-time faculty teach in the college. The college’s award-winning student experiential learning activities include print, video and digital news media, a speech and debate team, an advertising and public relations agency, a radio station, and sports broadcasting productions. The college also offers a number of off-campus study options to students.

University & Fort Worth Description:

ABOUT TCU

Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.

Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.

At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.

ABOUT FORT WORTH

Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions:

Applications must include a cover letter that addresses the position requirements, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of three academic references with current contact information included. Applications must be submitted electronically through the TCU HR system.

All questions regarding the application process should be directed to hrtalentacquisition@tcu.edu or 817-257-7790. Review of applications begins October 23 and will continue until the position is filled.

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

TCU Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report Notice of Availability

Texas Christian University is committed to assisting all members of the campus community in providing for their own safety and security. TCU’s Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The statements of policy contained within this report address institutional policies, procedures, and programs concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, emergency notifications and timely warning of crimes, sexual and interpersonal violence, and personal safety at TCU. Additionally, this report outlines fire safety systems, policies and procedures for on-campus housing facilities, as well as residence hall fire statistics. 

The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report can be found on the TCU Police Department website at https://police.tcu.edu/annual-security-report, or a paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the TCU Police Department at 817-257-7930, or via email at police@tcu.edu.

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