The Department of Communication/Journalism is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism, effective August 2019.

Professionally focused faculty in an ACEJMC-accredited program seek an engaged colleague who thrives on teaching in a high-impact learning environment. We are a small school in south central Pennsylvania with an active student-centered faculty of seven full-time faculty. We seek a candidate who is a scholar with experience in integrated media, journalism and strategic communication/PR.

The candidate will be expected to teach a 4-4 course load.  Courses to be taught include, but not limited to, Introduction to Mass Communication, Media Writing, Principles of PR, PR Writing, Internet Communication, Diversity & the Media, Communication Law & Ethics, Public Relations Research & Campaigns, Newswriting, Electronic Media Basic Production, Advertising, and other courses as needed by the department. Opportunities exist for teaching in the department’s  M.A. program.

In addition, we expect the candidate to take an active role in the department by pursuing professional, creative and/or scholarly activity; developing new curricula; advising students; serving on departmental and university committees; and assisting student media organizations. Other duties, including summer and winter term teaching, may be determined relative to the skills and interests of the applicant and the needs of the department. In addition, faculty members are expected to perform other duties as assigned in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement with APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties).

Requirements for the on-campus interview include a presentation of recent research and/or a professional portfolio, a teaching demonstration and evidence of a commitment to understanding diverse populations. We strive to enhance the diversity of our department and the university community, and encourage applicants who exemplify multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and global perspectives.

A terminal degree from an accredited institution is required for tenure and promotion.

Minimum qualifications:
– MS/MA in journalism, public relations, media studies or related field
– College-level teaching experience
– Demonstrated research and creative agenda in the applicant’s field of study

The candidate should have 2 or more years of teaching experience in higher education and should be comfortable teaching concepts and skills across the communication/journalism discipline.

As part of a successful on-campus interview process, candidates will be expected to provide a demonstration of teaching effectiveness and evidence of understanding diverse populations.

Preferred qualifications:

– Ph.D. (or ABD) in journalism, public relations, media studies or related field
– Active professional involvement in applicant’s field of study (AEJMC, BEA, PRSSA, ect.)
– Experience with design software (InDesign, Photoshop) and video software (Premiere, After Effects)

Additional info:
All candidates must apply online at Materials submitted in
other formats including paper applications will not be considered. For an
application to be considered complete, candidates must submit a letter of
application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, names and
contact information for three references, unofficial undergraduate and graduate
transcripts (official transcripts required if granted an on-campus interview) and a professional writing sample.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Prof. James Lohrey, Search Committee Chair
Communication/Journalism Department
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-477-1525

Applications received by October 15, 2018 will be given first consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check as well as sufficient course enrollment and budget allocations. Review of application materials will begin immediately. Shippensburg University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

The university provides additional off-load opportunities and scholarship support through summer and winter term online/oncampus teaching and CFEST (

Founded in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School, Shippensburg University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Ship values its community feel, as is evident from our student-faculty ratio of 20-to-1. Personalized attention is key to both the success of our students and our academic programs, of which 13 are accredited.  Beyond the classroom, our students have access to unique resources, such as the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, a stock trading room, centers for entrepreneurial leadership and innovation, a fashion archives and museum, and the only public elementary lab school in the state. Ship is located about an hour south of Harrisburg. Our campus is in the center of the East Coast’s major metropolitan areas, making Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York accessible options for students to visit and complete internships.