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Assistant Professor of Mass Communication (Journalism)

Sam Houston State University

Last Updated: 5/15/23

Job Description

Department: Dept of Mass Communication

Full-Time Tenure Track

Open until filled: Yes

Requisition number: 202300020F

Usual duties:

The Department of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University invites applications for an assistant professor of journalism.

We seek a promising scholar with potential for impactful scholarship and innovative teaching. This tenure-track position is open to the full range of journalism scholars. Quantitative, qualitative, critical/cultural and/or mixed methods approaches are welcome. There is no preferred theoretical framework. Scholarship should focus on some intriguing aspect of modern journalism production and/or media effects, particularly as they pertain to emerging media formats, democratic norms and/or traditionally marginalized communities.

The 3/3 courseload would blend existing journalism courses on public affairs reporting, copy editing and/or mobile and social media journalism with new classes created and launched by the assistant professor. The position may also teach graduate courses in our M.A. in Emerging and Social Media program.

The position begins in Fall 2024.

The Department of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University serves more than 500 students studying journalism, broadcast production, public relations, advertising, and film. Located in the Dan Rather Communications Building, it is home to 90.5 The Kat, Channel 7, Bearkat Student Media, The Houstonian and the annual Heatwave Media and Film Festival. The department blends research-focused and practice-oriented faculty of various backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Located 40 miles north of suburban Houston, Sam Houston State University provides high- quality education, scholarship, and service to qualified students for the benefit of regional, state, national and international constituencies. The university is classified as a High Research Activity university and a “Community Engaged” institution by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. SHSU serves over 21,000 students across three campuses in Huntsville, Conroe, and The Woodlands. For more information, visit

Degree Requirements:

- A Ph.D. in journalism or a closely related field. ABDs will be considered provided a Ph.D. is in hand by September 1, 2024

- Experience teaching journalism courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels

- Clear potential for strong academic scholarship

Experience Requirements:

Preferred Qualifications

- Professional journalism experience

- Peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles

- Presentations at national or international academic conferences

Other Requirements for the Position:

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

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Human Resources Department

1831 University Ave, John W. Thomason Bldg. Suite 202

P.O. Box 2356

Huntsville, TX 77341-2356

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Huntsville, Texas, United States
A Great Name in Texas Education! Named for Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) continually honors its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its approximately 21,612 students, eight college...