The College of Journalism and Mass Communications is searching for new faculty and staff to support our recently approved strategic plan. The new positions will contribute to the launch of the Experience Lab, our exploration of alternative business models for local and community journalism and the expansion of research and creative activity in the college. We are searching for three faculty positions, including an assistant professor of media law, an assistant professor of practice in media production and an associate dean for research and faculty affairs, and a staff technical director.
The assistant professor of media law will be in a tenure-leading position and will teach our required mass media law class to all majors and contribute to the college’s exploration and experimentation with emerging business models to support local and community journalism. The ideal candidate will have a JD or Ph.D. in journalism, law or a related field, ten years of professional experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level. Members of the search committee are Professor and Associate Dean John Bender (chair), Professor Laurie Lee, Professor of Practice Matt Waite, Associate Professor Bryan Wang and Academic Adviser Karez Hassan.
The assistant professor of practice in media production will be in a non-tenure leading position and will teach in our broadcast production program and work with students in our Experience Labs, helping them gain real work experience in a professional environment. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree, 15 years of professional experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level. Members of the search committee are Associate Professor Rick Alloway (chair), Assistant Professor Brian Petrotta, Assistant Professor of Practice Jill Martin, Professor Barney Mccoy and Recruitment Coordinator Alex Fernando.
The associate dean for research and faculty affairs will provide college-level leadership in faculty development and support, including management and oversight of policies, procedures and activities to support, develop, promote and evaluate faculty at all levels within the college. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D., a successful record of teaching, scholarship and extramural funding, experience as a department chair or equivalent administrative experience and broad experience and knowledge of journalism and mass communications education; demonstrated interest in developing faculty as evidenced by mentoring or leadership and familiarity with programs that develop diversity and inclusive excellence. Members of the search committee are Professor Frauke Hachtmann (chair), Assistant Professor of Practice Kaci Richter, Associate Professor Dane Kiambi, Assistant Professor Chris Graves, Associate Professor Joe Weber and Assistant Director of Advising Andrea Gaghagen.
The technical director will oversee the operations of the college’s television studios and FCC-licensed radio station, 90.3 KRNU while mentoring students learning the ins and outs of broadcast production in the new Experience Labs. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in broadcast production, electrical engineering or a related field, six years of experience in broadcast production, experience overseeing interns, knowledge of laws and regulations related to broadcast practices and a demonstrated ability to coach and mentor others. Members of the search committee are Associate Professor Rick Alloway (chair), Assistant Professors of Practice Alan Eno and Jill Martin, Checkout Room Manager Susan Oestmann and Computer Support Associate Steve Blum.
To learn more about these positions, please visit our website at: https://journalism.unl.edu/were-hiring.