Employment Opportunities

Posted 07/05/2012

Northern Illinois University Department of Communication invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor appointment effective August 16, 2012.  This is a full-time, one-year appointment that will conclude on May 15, 2013.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Journalism.  We seek a candidate who has a strong background in journalism law and regulation, history of journalism, and news writing.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. in journalism, communication, or closely related field at time of application, record of or demonstrated potential for scholarly productivity, evidence of effectiveness as a teacher.

Duties: Teach three courses in Fall 2012 and three courses in Spring 2013 selected from courses such as Journalism Law and Regulation, History of Journalism, and Basic News Writing; conduct research; perform service to the department, profession, or discipline.

Application: Send letter of application (include mention of this position), curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and photocopy of Ph.D. transcript to Cheri Kahle, Office Administrator, cjkahle@niu.edu.  Please have three letters of recommendation sent directly to Cheri Kahle, Office Administrator,@cjkahle@niu.edu.  Review of complete applications will begin July 20, 2012.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Pre-employment criminal background investigation required

Department and University: NIU is located in a semirural area with easy access to the Chicago and Rockford media markets.  The University has two public radio stations (WNIJ and WNIU) and an award-winning student-run campus newspaper (the Northern Star).  Departmental facilities include the Northern Television Center (a dedicated building for news reporting and production and transmission of student-created content) and several editing suites and computer labs.  The Department is affiliated with the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and maintains an active chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.  The Department of Communication is one of 17 departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at NIU.  The Department offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Journalism and Communication Studies and an M.A. in Communication Studies.  The Department serves a diverse student body including several hundred undergraduate majors and about 80 graduate students with 28 tenured and tenure-track faculty, about a dozen instructors, and 5 supportive professional staff members.  Department faculty are active in such organizations as the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association, the National Communication Association, the Popular Culture Association, and the University Film and Video Association.  NIU is a Carnegie Research University (High Research Activity) and a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.  The Department and University are committed to the principle of diversity and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to this objective.  University website: www.niu.edu.  College website: www.niu.edu/clas.  Department website: www.comm.niu.edu/comm.  NIU is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity institution.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.