Social Media/Journalism (Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor)

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Social Media/Journalism (Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor)
College/Unit College of Communication & Fine Arts
Home Department Department of Journalism
Employee Group Tenure-Track Faculty - Academic Year
Employment Status Full-Time
Position Type 9 month (Academic Year)
Position Classification Tenure Track Faculty
Position Begin Date 08/15/2018
Position End Date
Position Summary

The Department of Journalism at Central Michigan University seeks a full-time tenure-track assistant professor to teach courses in social media in its nationally accredited program. The successful applicant will teach social media courses, oversee and develop the online social media certificate program, take a lead role in integrating media analytics into our majors, teach in other related areas subject to the candidate’s expertise and the needs of the department, and maintain an active scholarly and service agenda. The candidate chosen will bring the latest social media expertise to the classroom and be passionate about teaching social media strategy and evaluation, how to build a personal online brand, and related legal and ethical issues. This position will strengthen newly focused connections with other departments in our college and pursue collaborative opportunities for students and faculty in social media. We seek candidates who are forward-looking and versatile and ready to lead in curricular innovation and development.

Required Qualifications

PhD in journalism, mass media or a closely related field. (ABD considered but must have PhD in hand by Aug. 15, 2018.) A well-defined and active research agenda and ability to work across disciplines to help the department position itself as a leader in the field. Demonstrated ability to implement social media strategies. Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in news/editorial, advertising and/or public relations is preferred. Experience securing external grants is desired. Significant professional experience in social media.

Message to Applicants

You must submit an online application to be considered an applicant for this position. Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college level, and a list of three references. Review of applications begins Feb. 19, 2018.

About the Department

The Department of Journalism is accredited by ACEJMC and offers the BA and BS degree in advertising, journalism and photojournalism majors and a public relations concentration. The department is also a key partner in the university’s Integrated Public Relations major. CMU is located in the heart of Michigan, where outdoor activities abound and metro cultural centers are an easy drive away. To learn more about the department, visit the departmental website.

Posting Begins 01/17/2018
Posting Ends
Open Until Filled No
Type of Recruitment External
About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.
CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.
Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.
The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.
Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.
Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions, and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

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Supplemental Questions

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Interest
  3. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  4. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document (1)