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Date Posted: 9/28/16

Tenure-Track Faculty Journalism and Mass Communications: Journalism

Humboldt State University

Vacancy Announcement
Faculty Tenure-Track Position
Starting August 2017
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Job #7704

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state.

DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS:  We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at
Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: We seek a generalist with a strong professional background in news. An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in Journalism or related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years of professional news experience is preferred at the time of appointment. Candidates nearing completion of the terminal degree by appointment date will be considered. Completion of terminal degree is required prior to the start of the second probationary year following initial appointment.  Candidates with an M.A./M.S. in Journalism or related field from an accredited college or university and at least six years of professional news experience will also be considered.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent classroom presentation skills;
  • Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity;
  • Record of, or potential for, effective academic advising;
  • Record of, or potential for, effective teaching in an online format.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Experience teaching multimedia production skills;
  • Experience in teaching both theoretical and experiential journalism courses;
  • Commitment to teaching a broad range of courses at the undergraduate level;
  • Interest and/or experience in departmental leadership.

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit

Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire. 

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Instructional assignments may include the following courses: Beginning Reporting, Advanced Reporting, Advanced Newswriting, History of Mass Communication, Analyzing Mass Media Messages, Mass Media and the Popular Arts, Editing, Media Ethics, Media Research and Public Relations. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students. 
The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: 1) teaching; 2) research, scholarship and creative activity; and 3) service to the University, profession and community. Responsibilities include advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester (6 weighted teaching units per academic year).  The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure and promotion. 

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication has approximately 170 majors with concentrations in News and Public Relations.    For more information visit:

APPLICATION:  Qualified candidates should electronically submit the following materials:

  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy;
  • Statement of Research Interests;
  • Teaching evaluations, if available;
  • Evidence of successful teaching, if available;
  • Application for Academic Employment:
  • Supplemental Application for Academic Employment:
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
  • Names and contact information for three professional references or three recommendation letters.

Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.
Submission of the application materials should be sent as a single PDF document, in the order listed above to:

Signed letters of recommendation may be e-mailed or mailed separately from the other application materials. 

In letter of application, please refer to Job # 7704.

Please direct any questions pertaining to this to:

Marcy Burstiner, Search Committee Chair
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Phone (707) 826-5935

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled.  First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM.  Early response is encouraged. 

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Human Resources
Siemens Hall - Room 211 
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

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