Job Summary:
The Department of Mass Communication at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Mass Communication for the 2022- 2023 academic year beginning August 2022. A Ph.D. in Mass Communication/Journalism, with a background in Digital and New Media, is required.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities include media writing and digital content creation, media studies, and special topic advanced media courses. Our Mass Communication department includes a traditional television and radio station, digital content creation labs, a multimedia/podcast suite, and a green screen room. Faculty also direct students in a number of professional student organization chapters. Our faculty members are both active scholars and media professionals, who direct both funded research and pedagogical projects with local and national media partners. Applications are encouraged from applicants with a strong background in emerging digital media, emphasizing content creation for digital media platforms across mass communication fields. The department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, minimizing barriers, and increasing equity and completions rates between members of different demographic groups.

 Duties:
•  Teach undergraduate courses in converged and new media techniques, media writing, and special topic advanced media studies courses. Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, and/or any combination thereof.
•  Teach upper-level undergraduate courses in media criticism, media research, media law and ethics, and special topics courses on race, gender, and the media.
•  Supervise and mentor undergraduate students in creating professional media work samples and content for a senior portfolio and for professional internships and opportunities.
•  Develop and sustain an independent and active research agenda.
•  Participate in service activities for the department, university, and community.

About our Department and the Position:
The Department of Mass Communication offers students a wide liberal arts background and a core of media and communications courses that prepare students for either graduate school or positions in the media industry. Mass Communication majors follow a curriculum designed to allow students to concentrate in one of two areas of mass communication: multimedia, public relations, or strategic communication.

Minimum Qualifications 
•  Ph.D. in Mass Communication/Journalism with an emphasis in digital and new media.
•  Ability to manage a 4-4 teaching load.
•  Experience with developing new courses and teaching in both face-to-face and hybrid/online course formats.
•  Demonstrate a strong potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.
•  Establish a record of research productivity, proportional to experience, in Mass Communication fields of study.
•  Demonstrate commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.
Preferred Qualifications:       
•  Professional background or training in journalism, digital content creation, social media, multimedia storytelling.
•  Successful experience teaching undergraduate courses in media writing and content creation.
•  Successful experience teaching media studies/mass communication to a diverse student body and knowledge of effective strategies (e.g. culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogy, awareness of issues that may affect the success of minoritized students) supporting underrepresented groups in mass media careers.
•  Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in emerging fields/areas in mass communication education and teaching.
• A research agenda that complements existing department mission and goals.
•  Experience recruiting and mentoring diverse undergraduate students.

Work Hours: Full-Time
Posting Number: F071P
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 08/15/2022 
Posting Date: 12/08/2021
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:     
Qualified candidates are invited to apply using Xavier’s online application site by logging in to https://jobs.xula.edu.  Please submit the following materials: (1) A letter of interest describing your professional goals, relevant academic preparation and experience, teaching philosophy, and research interest; (2) comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) transcript; and (4) contact information for three references.  Please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Nia Mason at nmason1@xula.edu for additional information or questions.   Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.  The Department of Mass Communications is especially interested in exceptionally well-qualified applicants who will contribute, through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.  Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  All applications received before January 15, 2022 are assured consideration.
Quicklink for Posting: https://jobs.xula.edu/postings/1695

About Xavier:   
Founded in 1925 by Saint Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier is the only Historically Black and Catholic University.  Located in New Orleans, the ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society.  This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.

Documents Needed To Apply:
•  Required Documents
•  Cover Letter
•  Transcripts
•  Letter of Recommendation
•  Curriculum Vitae
•  Optional Documents
•  Resume
•  Media File
•  Portfolio