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Visual Journalism Assistant Professor
About the Position: Tenure-track assistant professor position available in journalism with visual journalism experience, beginning Sept. 16, 2014.

The WWU Department of Journalism seeks a colleague with strong professional and academic experience to teach in a program oriented toward news media with sequences in news-editorial, public relations and visual journalism. The Department strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse applicants.

About the College/Department: The Journalism Department offers strong, professionally oriented undergraduate news-editorial, public relations and visual journalism sequences. At the heart of the department's curriculum are its writing courses – news writing, editing, reporting, feature writing, advanced reporting and public relations. These courses stress clarity, accuracy and depth of content in a sequence designed to develop professional skills, sensitivity to people and understanding of society. Publications produced by journalism students have won numerous state, regional and national awards. The department has nine full-time positions and several adjunct positions, and puts a high premium on teaching quality, maintaining small class sizes (for example, visual journalism, writing and editing classes are capped at 18 students) and an intimate working environment for faculty and students. The department has about 230 majors and pre-majors.

The department is widely recognized for excellence in journalism instruction and is an integral part of a minor in Internet resources. Students are required to complete a supervised internship. The department has a Macintosh teaching lab and state-of-the-art laboratories for the student-produced newspaper, magazines and online publications. Faculty take active roles in department administration and university affairs. Find us at: http://www.wwu.edu/depts/journalism/.
Position Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate is a visual journalist who can teach a variety of undergraduate courses involving digital storytelling, new media design, social media, video and still photography, and the impact of emerging media on the profession. This colleague will contribute to the department’s efforts to integrate multimedia storytelling and media convergence throughout its curriculum and student publications.
Faculty are expected to advise students, engage in innovative research and/or creative activities and participate in service activities at all levels of the university. The successful candidate will be able to teach other courses in the journalism curriculum, such as news writing, editing, media ethics and others.
  • Teach visual journalism and other courses
  • Advise students
  • Collaborate on curriculum development and participate in program activities
  • Maintain a research, creative and/or professional practice agenda
  • Participate in committee work, departmental and university governance activities
Required Qualifications:
  • Three years full-time professional experience in visual journalism
  • Relevant master’s degree
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at the college or university level
  • Ability and interest in working closely with students, including the ability to work effectively with a diverse student body
  • Ability to teach a variety of journalism courses, primarily visual journalism and photojournalism courses
  • Evidence of scholarly and creative achievement or potential
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D.
  • Additional professional experience in print or online news or public relations
  • Evidence of leadership in an academic or professional setting
  • Ability to teach courses in other areas, such as news writing, reporting, editing, public relations, intro to mass media, media history, media law, media ethics; and ability to advise student newspaper and magazine
  • Ability to integrate issues of diversity across the curriculum
Academic Emphasis: Visual Journalism
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in to https://jobs.wwu.edu and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application describing how their experience has been effective preparation to teach digital media, CV, evidence of quality teaching and professional experience, and three references.
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Job Posted: 10/21/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins November 15, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130772
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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