The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) seeks a leader who is dedicated to creating the future of journalism and civic engagement as the inaugural Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement. Candidates should be committed to enhancing democracy, public knowledge and civic life while exploring new approaches to and pushing the boundaries of journalism and communication. The Chair will join a faculty in SOJC’s Portland and Eugene locations. The Chair will play an integral role in the development and operation of SOJC’s new Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement.
The ideal candidate will be excellent at collaborating to generate and implement new ideas in an ever-changing media landscape. The candidate will be dedicated to developing and building strategic alliances for media innovation. The candidate should fully understand the process of creation, production, and distribution of knowledge in the public interest.
Candidates will have a demonstrated knowledge of, and participation in, innovative initiatives in journalism and communication; the potential to successfully seek external funding for new initiatives; a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students as well as public and professional communities representing diverse backgrounds; and demonstrated potential for a program of scholarship or creative activity that fully engages in national and international discussions about the future of journalism and public engagement.
Bachelor’s degree with significant relevant experience required. Advanced degree preferred. In exceptional circumstances, extraordinary professional experience in a relevant field may substitute for the required degree.
Employment begins September 16, 2014 for a 1-to-3 year renewable contract. To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by April 9, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. Please submit a letter of interest, CV and contact information for three references to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3944.
The SOJC is the only comprehensive journalism program in the Pacific Northwest. With 2100 undergraduates and 115 graduate students, the school is one of six professional schools at UO. UO is a Research I member of the American Association of Universities. The school offers Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Media Studies; professional M.A.s in Journalism, Multimedia Journalism and Strategic Communication; undergraduate majors in advertising, journalism, media studies, public relations; Honors Program; and Media Studies minor; and supports the interdisciplinary Cinema Studies major and Multimedia minor.
The school began implementing an innovative undergraduate curriculum in 2009, moved into state-of-the-art facilities in January 2013 and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.