University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Journalism: Race, News and Community

Posting Details

The University of Utah, an AA/EO employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees.The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Position Information
Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Department 00085 – Communication
City Salt Lake City, UT
Track Tenure Track
New Position to Begin 07/01/2023
The Department of Communication at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Journalism: Race, News and Community effective July 1, 2023.

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in journalism, communication, media communication, or a closely related discipline or interdisciplinary program (ABD will be considered). The Department of Communication seeks applicants whose research, teaching, service and praxis focus on journalism and race in the U.S. The successful candidate will engage with—and facilitate academic and professional conversations about—critical topics such as newsroom diversity, inclusive and fair reporting, sourcing, community engagement, community journalism and racial justice, structural racism in the news media industry, vernacular news media and cultural power, anti-racist news practices, and solutions journalism. Also important is teaching journalism students skills to report responsibly on race. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach several journalism courses ranging from hyperlocal reporting of diverse communities to cross-disciplinary communication and race courses, including graduate-level courses.

Superior candidates will show: (1) evidence of an emerging research program using, for example, historical, legal, rhetorical, critical, qualitative, and/or quantitative methodological approaches, including articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, conventions, or research-based creative works; (2) a record of, or potential for, teaching excellence that would contribute to the Department’s teaching responsibilities, including undergraduate and graduate courses; (3) evidence of, or interest in, obtaining and managing grants; (4) experience in, or ability to connect with, the journalism community; (5) awareness and appreciation of how the intersection of journalism, race and community can articulate with historical and emerging concerns of communication studies.
The Department is committed to removing systemic barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups and strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity and aims to support the academic, professional, and personal successes of faculty, staff, and students while they are here. Exemplifying our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, the department passed an Anti-Racism Code of Conduct in Fall 2020 followed by an Anti-Racism Strategic Plan in Spring 2021.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. People of color, Indigenous peoples, women, those identifying as LGBTQIAAP+, veterans, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable accommodations for a disability will be provided with adequate notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see:

The University of Utah recognizes that inclusion, diversity, equity, and access foster educational and institutional excellence. It values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Scholars whose research, teaching, and/or service center on issues of inclusion, equity, diversity, and access are encouraged to apply.

Applications are accepted beginning September 22, 2022. Review of applications will begin October 21, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.
To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:
Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates
Applicants must submit a letter of interest; a CV; a writing sample; evidence of teaching effectiveness; a statement of contributions to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access; and the names and contact information for three references. Questions about the position are welcome and can be directed to the search committee chair: David Vergobbi,
Open Date 09/22/2022
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Requisition Number PRN00921CF
Type Faculty

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Writing Sample 1
  5. Commitment Statement – Explain how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment.

Optional Documents

  1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169 after submission

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