Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 032700 - Communication
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Department Profile:

The department ( is one of the largest on campus. Approximately 575 majors are in concentrations of Broadcasting, Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre. Students may choose concentrations in more than one area, and minors are offered in each concentration.

Area of Specialization:


Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2019

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the activities below. The successful candidate will have a 3/3 course load to go along with research and service responsibilities. Courses include, but are not limited to, Advanced News Reporting, Photography, Feature Writing, Journalism Ethics, Introduction to Mass Media, Mass Media Law, and Mass Media in Society.

The typical course load for an assistant professor with an active research agenda is three courses per semester. During the first year of employment, a special additional course equivalent reassignment per semester for tenure track positions may be granted (for an overall 2-2 load), thus encouraging the individual to initiate or continue a strong research program.

Summer teaching is often available, but is not guaranteed. The successful candidate will assist with the continuing development of curriculum in the journalism concentration.

Research is defined by the university, college, and department in a broad context. Excellence in research or creative achievement must be established by critical peer evaluation, using standards prevailing in the discipline. More information on promotion and tenure is available at

Service includes advising majors and student organizations, developing curriculum, and serving on committees. Service activities within the community and professional disciplines also are recognized as aspects of faculty achievement.

Minimum Qualifications:

For tenure track positions, the appropriate terminal degree and a strong record of or potential for successful teaching and scholarly research are required. Highly qualified ABDs will be considered, but a communication-related terminal degree must be completed within one year of the appointment date.

Salary and benefits are competitive. A summary of employee benefits is available at

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Teaching experience in journalism courses and journalism professional practice are preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate must have a thorough knowledge of the field and a willingness to participate collegially in a broad department. Colleagues must be able to communicate that knowledge in the classroom environment to students as well as to other important groups through scholarship and service. See above for overall duties and responsibilities.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

The successful candidates must be able to teach in a classroom setting, conduct research, and provide service in the profession.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

In addition, please send official transcripts, philosophy of teaching, and three reference letters to:

Dr. Lawrence Strout
Chair of Journalism Search Committee Department of Communication
P.O. Box PF
Mississippi State, MS 39762

NOTE: Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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