Tenure Track: Journalism & Communication Ethics in a Digital Age

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 12:00am



The Department of Communication at the University of Washington seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor who focuses on journalism and communication ethics in a digital age.


Journalism and other communication professions are undergoing rapid transformation in response to technological innovation, economic disruption and social change. We are seeking a scholar who understands, researches and teaches about ethical communication practices and information values in this environment of increasing cultural diversity and fast-paced technological change.


The ideal candidate would have a sophisticated understanding of ethical issues that arise in both legacy and digital journalistic practice, as well as the capacity to examine journalism ethics within the framework of a broad-based communication program.  A candidate could have either a strong background in the philosophical study of communication ethics (including familiarity with traditional ethical reasoning and critiques of that reasoning) or could approach the study of ethical decision-making through the empirical examination of changing information values and practices.


In addition, preference will be given to candidates whose scholarship complements existing areas of strength in the Department: communication and culture; communication technology and society; global communication; media organizations and institutions; political communication; rhetoric and critical/cultural studies; and social interaction.  Experience working as a journalist or in media organizations also is desirable.


The start date for this position is September 16, 2013. By that date, candidates must have earned or be close to completion of a Ph.D. in communication, mass communication or closely related discipline.


University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research and service. Candidates are expected to conduct research, teach four courses during a three-quarter academic year and supervise graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels. The position involves teaching in the Department of Communications undergraduate and graduate programs. Candidates must submit: (1) a letter of application that addresses research and teaching interests (on the latter please discuss fit with current courses and/or suggestions for potential new ones); (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) three letters of recommendation; and (4) two or three academic writing samples. Application materials are to be submitted online at http://com.uw.edu/facultysearch. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2012. Inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Randal Beam, at rabeam@uw.edu.


The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action, equal-opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.


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