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Minneapolis, Minnesota (United States)


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Teaching Specialist

Job ID: 57763
Job Views: 114
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Postal Code: 55455
Job Category: Academia
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 11.08.2019

Job Description

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, professional instructional staff position in journalism with an emphasis on accountability reporting, data literacy and writing. Responsibilities will include teaching six courses a year (three in fall semester, three in spring semester) and continued contribution to the field of journalism, including staying current in the field by broadening knowledge and expertise.

Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring students and service to the school and the university. The candidate will be expected to teach reporting courses, including News Reporting and Writing, Intermediate News Reporting, and In-Depth Reporting, and courses on media ethics that reflect the issues facing a rapidly changing field and media environment. Interest in and willingness to supervise capstone experiences/field reporting is desired. 

The successful candidate will be someone who is passionate about training students to be journalists who can think critically, write clearly and ask tough questions in a fast-paced world; who is both deeply skilled in watchdog journalism and accustomed to the needs of the modern newsroom; who is creative, engaged, and willing to embrace new methods and media. Applicants should be proficient in investigative reporting techniques, such as data gathering and analysis, public records requests, and the uses of current technologies. 

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications: B.A. in communication, journalism, or closely related field is required for appointment as a teaching specialist. A professional M.A. or PhD in journalism or mass communication or related field is required for appointment as a lecturer. Experience with teaching and/or mentorship is required. The Hubbard School is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applicants from underrepresented groups to apply.

Preferred Qualifications: 2 years of successful undergraduate teaching; and/or a minimum of 5 years of full-time successful professional experience or similar professional work experience in a regionally and/or nationally recognized news organization is preferred. A master's degree in journalism, mass communication, or a related discipline is preferred. 

This is a 100%-time, annually renewable position over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). This position begins fall semester 2020 (08/31/2020). This is an academic professional position at the rank of teaching specialist or lecturer, consistent with University policy and depending on qualifications. Salary is competitive.
Lecturers and teaching specialists in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication provide classroom teaching that supplement faculty offerings and expertise. Lecturers and teaching specialists develop and teach courses; advise students with regard to academic concerns and school-related organizations; provide service-related teaching duties; participate in the decisions relating to the policies, courses and programs in which there is involvement; contribute appropriate service to the school, college, and University; continue personal growth within the profession; and keep current with the field and broaden knowledge and expertise.
This position is subject to the Administrative Policy: Appointments of Academic Professional and Administrative Employees; the Administrative Policy: Academic Appointments with Teaching Functions, and the College of Liberal Arts Collegiate Plan for Implementation of Administrative Policy on Academic Appointments and additional policies and procedures.

Review of applicants will begin December 9, 2019, with interviews anticipated starting early Spring Semester. 

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. Please see the University of Minnesota Employment system to search for Job ID 334124 or search by title: Teaching Specialist/Lecturer Journalism.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Learn more about diversity at the U.

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