Towson University — Assistant Professor, Journalism and New Media

Assistant Professor, Journalism and New Media
Department of Mass Communication
College of Fine Arts and Communication

The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in journalism and new media in the Department of Mass Communication beginning August 2020. 

PhD in journalism, mass communication, or related fields. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the Instructor rank and all degree requirements must be complete by February 1, 2021. Demonstrated success or potential to teach journalism courses with an emphasis on mobile and web site development, visual communication and multimedia storytelling techniques. Demonstrate the potential to develop a strong body of scholarship. Experience with broadcasting, social media as a reporting tool, audience analytics and data journalism is a plus. Professional multimedia journalism experience is preferred. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year, the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units per academic year. Teach courses such as Multimedia Reporting Capstone, Digital Publishing, Media Audience Analytics, News Reporting, Broadcast Journalism, News Editing, and Feature Writing. Opportunities might exist to teach other courses in the applicant’s area of specialty, such as Media Criticism, Research Methods, Media Ethics or Media Law. Graduate teaching opportunities include such courses as Social Media Content Strategy, Media and Politics, Mass Media Law and Regulations, or Mass Communication and Culture. Undergraduate advising is part of teaching responsibilities. Scholarly research productivity, programmatic assessment activity, and service to the department, college and university are expected. 

The Department:
The department ( offers undergraduate majors in Mass Communication with tracks in journalism and new media; strategic public relations and integrated communication; and advertising. At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science in Communication Management. The department annually enrolls approximately 700 majors served by 22 full-time and 20 part-time faculties. 

Towson University:
Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts and communication, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:
Review of applications begins October 1, 2019 and continues until the position is filled.

Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, evidence of potential for teaching effectiveness, a research statement, and contact information for three references to 

Dr. John Kirch
Chair, Assistant Professor Search – Journalism
Department of Mass Communication
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

All or part of the application may be submitted via email to Please indicate “position number” (i.e., COFAC-N-3301) in the subject line.  

For candidates who advance to the next stages of the search process, three letters of recommendation (sent under separate covers) are required. Official transcripts are required prior to hire.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. 

Please be sure to visit to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is: COFAC-N-3301.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.