California State University, Fresno
College of Arts & Humanities
Department of Media Communication & Journalism
Broadcast & Digital Journalism
Fall 2023 (August 2023)
Hello potential fellow new colleagues,
The College of Arts and Humanities and the Media, Communications and Journalism Department at California State University, Fresno invites applications for an assistant professor of Broadcast & Digital Journalism with an emphasis in social justice and community well-being.
We are looking for someone who will teach broadcast journalism and studio production courses that prepare students for roles in traditional media, activist journalism and social justice-oriented roles. You will be encouraged to create innovative courses that inspire our students and reach our local community. A sample of undergraduate courses that the faculty member may be assigned to teach include, but are not limited to, multimedia journalism, media writing, sports journalism, news video production, news producing, radio reporting and podcasting, depending on the hiree's expertise and experience.
You will be an active participant in the MCJ department: enthusiastically serving on a limited number of committees, creating a sense of place and belonging, and working with colleagues across disciplines and interests. The MCJ department is in the process of merging the broadcast/multiplatform journalism option with the digital journalism option, so there is an opportunity for you to quickly make your mark and help guide the department’s future. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.
Our department has a long history of broadcast journalism excellence and has contributed to the careers of many successful journalists. Graduates are news and sports reporters, anchors, multimedia journalists, digital journalists, producers, directors and executives at local, regional and national news organizations including CNN, NPR, PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC and local radio and television stations throughout California and across the nation. Our undergraduate students complete a rigorous program of courses that culminates with the highly successful and award-winning “Fresno State Focus” newscast.
The faculty member will teach three courses each semester for the first two years. After that, faculty typically teach four 3-unit courses per semester. Faculty may apply for assigned time course reductions to support scholarly work; scholarly research and/or creative works are also expected of you as a tenure-track member of the department.
California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):
- M.A. or M.F.A. in journalism or equivalent/related field or Ph.D. in journalism or equivalent field
- Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate or terminal degree may be considered. For an appointment, the doctorate or terminal degree must be completed by 8/1/2023.
- Experience in a professional-level news and/or community storytelling organization.
- A demonstrated ability to connect with students and/or young people; to inspire them, to meet them where they are, to teach the whole student, and to help guide them along their path.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching video journalism/storytelling (or an equivalent), and a strong commitment to the success of young people.
- Evidence of commitment to community well-being and social justice.
- Demonstrated ability and commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Experience in planning community-facing events
- Ability to develop community ties
- Fostering student work reaching a broader community/public audience.
- Experience working with Latinx communities and Spanish language aptitude is a plus.
Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023. Apply online at http://careers.fresnostate.edu
Application Review Date: Monday, January 30, 2023
Attach the following:
- Cover letter specifically addressing all areas of required education and experience
- Curriculum vitae
- A written statement, no more than two pages, that addresses the following prompt: The majority of students in our department are Hispanic/Latinx/Chicanx. How can you construct broadcast or digital storytelling courses in a way that invites these students to create in their own voices, to engage and celebrate their cultures and communities, and to, in general, feel at home in our department?
- Names and contact information of three professional references.
- A representative example of your video storytelling, either attached or hyperlinked to an online portfolio of some sort.
Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline:
- Three current letters of recommendation dated within 12 months of the full consideration date
- Official transcripts
The Search Chair will send information and requests for the above items.
Search Chair: Dr. Jesse Scaccia
Department of Media, Communications and Journalism
College of Arts & Humanities
About Fresno State
California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity
The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazine's 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: www.fresnostate.edu/academics/facultyaffairs/procedures/facultyrtp/. We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.
About the College and Department:
Since 1928, the Media, Communications and Journalism Department has prepared thousands of students for professional media careers. The department serves more than 300 undergraduate students studying in one of four options: Advertising and Public Relations, Broadcast and Multiplatform Journalism, Digital Journalism and Film and Media Arts. We offer courses in advertising, broadcast journalism, film, photography, digital journalism, public relations and video production. Students and faculty are involved in a variety of media operations, clubs and activities including The Collegian student newspaper, Fresno State Focus student newscast, KFSR 90.7 FM campus radio, Multimedia Production Services, a student-run advertising and public relations firm (TALK), the Paul D. Adams Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition, Alpha Delta Sigma (advertising club), and the Fresno State chapter of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). In addition to the campus newspaper and radio station, media facilities include an HD television studio, two computer labs, and multiple editing stations.
For more on the department: https://cah.fresnostate.edu/mcj/index.html
The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.
Other Campus Information:
Salary placement commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule
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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.
The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1083.html.
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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.