Assistant/Associate Professor – Journalism and Digital Media

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Position Tracking Number: F128

School/College:  Azusa Pacific University

Department: Communication Studies

Location:  Azusa, CA, approximately 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles

Description:  The Azusa Pacific University Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a faculty member who will teach introductory and advanced skills and theory classes in journalism, media studies, and public relations, with an emphasis on digital media and the evolving impact of technology. Additional opportunities may include coordinating the journalism program. Position begins Fall 2018.  

The department houses three majors—journalism, public relations, and communication studies—12 full-time faculty, nearly 25 part-time/adjunct faculty, and approximately 400 major and minor undergraduates. The Journalism major offers three emphases for a Bachelor of Arts degree: News and Storytelling, Media Studies, and Sports Journalism. As part of the journalism program, the department supports a convergent/integrated media environment, known on campus as ZU Media. ZU Media includes a digital and traditional student newspaper (ZU News), digital and traditional magazine (ZU Magazine), a television/online studio (ZU TV), and an online radio station (ZU Radio). Additionally, the department engages a nationally competitive forensics team, and a national honors society (Lambda Pi Eta). The department plans to offer an M.A. in Communication Studies in the near future.

Areas of Specialization: Digital journalism, digital media, cross-platform media, social media, multimedia reporting, interactive storytelling, digital storytelling


This full-time faculty member will teach a range of courses in our journalism and public relations programs, such as Mass Communication, Digital News Gathering, Media Law & Ethics, Media Entrepreneurship and Economics, Global Journalism and Media Systems, and Public Relations and Social Media. The candidate will help develop students’ digital and print journalism abilities, as well as their understanding of how to be effective journalism and public relations practitioners in today’s digital age.  

Depending on experience and expertise, s/he may also assist in advising the department’s student publications and teach additional courses across the department’s curriculum. Other duties include advising and mentoring students, participating on committee assignments at the department and university levels, carrying out a program of scholarly research, and participating in all faculty meetings. Commitment to the university’s faith statement is required of all candidates.

Level: Open (depending on qualifications)

Qualifications:  Ph.D in Journalism, Media Studies, or related area, and a commitment to teaching excellence in liberal arts, and an active scholarship agenda. Candidates must also adhere to Azusa Pacific University’s Evangelical Christian tradition. Faculty members are required to sign a “Statement of Faith” (available at and adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook.

Experience:  Prior experience teaching at the collegiate or university level, as well as professional journalism experience strongly preferred.

Workload: Responsible for teaching 24 units per year.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects of the position.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Self starter, with the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Hire Date:  Fall 2018. Review of applications to begin November 1, 2017, and will continue until position is filled.   

At Azusa Pacific University we value and uphold God-honoring diversity.  Diversity was not our idea, but God’s. Therefore, we aim for an environment that respects and honors each individual’s uniqueness while celebrating our collective commonalities. It is in this spirit that we continue important discourse on diversity, engage a variety of perspectives, and embrace active listening in a spirit of humility. We continue our efforts to recruit, hire, and support a diverse community in an effort to create a milieu that reflects the mosaic of God’s kingdom.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Review of applications to begin November 1, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.

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