Towson University — Assistant Professor, Journalism / Interactive Web Design

Assistant Professor, Journalism/Interactive Web Design
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 of Journalism in the Department of Mass Communication, beginning August 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Ph.D. in journalism, mass communication or related field. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the instructor rank and all doctorate degree requirements must be completed by February 1, 2023. Demonstrated success or potential to teach in the undergraduate journalism program and in the graduate communication management program. Applicants with specialties in digital publishing, interactive web design and development, or digital content creation are preferred. Ability to teach cross-platform editing and producing or social media news gathering and distribution strategies is a plus. Demonstrate the potential to develop a strong body of scholarship. Applicants whose work demonstrates a commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Research-active faculty teach 6 classes over a 10-month academic year with undergraduate class size averaging 20 students per class. Undergraduate teaching may include: Digital Publishing, Multimedia Reporting Capstone, Media Graphics, or Magazine Publishing. Graduate teaching may include: Mass Communication and Culture, Social Media and Content Strategy, or Mass Communication Research Methods. Opportunities might exist to teach other courses depending on the applicant’s area of specialty and the needs of the department. Expected to advise undergraduate students and supervise graduate student theses or professional projects. Scholarly research productivity and service to the department, college, and university is expected. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with a diverse student population and be sensitive to the educational needs of these students.

The Department:
The department ( offers an undergraduate major in Mass Communication with tracks in advertising, journalism, and strategic public relations. At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science in Communication Management. The department annually enrolls approximately 700 majors served by 21 full-time faculty and over 20 part-time faculty.

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 more than 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 900 full-time faculty, and offers 65 bachelor’s, 42 master’s, and 4 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 immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Submit a letter of application, curriculum vita with a list of three references, and an unofficial copy of graduate transcripts.

Candidates who advance to the next stage of the search process will be required to submit:

  • A teaching effectiveness portfolio that includes your teaching philosophy, potential or demonstrated evidence of teaching effectiveness, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in teaching and service that will support TU and the department’s mission and identity.
  • A research statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent under separate covers).

Official transcripts are required prior to hire.

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Please note that the search number for which you are applying is COFAC-3522.

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

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Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.