American University — Open Rank, Investigative Journalism and Executive Editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop

The Division of Journalism in the School of Communication at American University invites applications for a full- time, open rank position (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) beginning August 1, 2023, and the concurrent role as Executive Editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a professional, nonprofit, editorially independent newsroom based at the School of Communication. Preference will be given to those applicants with an advanced degree in the field of journalism, media studies, history, or related fields. Preferred applicants will have at least five years of experience in reporting or editing and in nonprofit leadership.

Candidates should be effective teachers and must be strongly committed to excellence in scholarly research. We welcome applications from candidates engaged in high-quality scholarship in areas including but not limited to media studies, journalism, investigative journalism, history, political science, or related fields. Teaching specialization in journalism is preferred, though all areas will be considered. In addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities will include participation in department, school, and university activities.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval. Please submit applications via Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies or links to recent published work, whether in the mainstream media, start-up journalistic sites or academic papers. Depending on qualifications, the appointee to this position may be recommended for tenure at the time of hiring, pending successful tenure review and approval by the Board of Trustees. Please contact Liz Kan, Faculty Affairs Coordinator at (202) 885-2751 or if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit

Established in 1993, the School of Communication offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and the Journalism Division was recently reaccredited by ACEJMC. Learn more about School of Communication at about the Journalism Division at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University’s health and safety directives please click here:

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

American University is required to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). In accordance with the Clery Act, each year American University prepares an Annual Security Report. This report contains campus crime statistics as well as descriptions of Public Safety’s services. It is available to all applicants upon request by calling the Department of Public Safety at 202-885-2537 or the Annual Security Report is also available online.