Assistant Professor - School of Communications

Howard University
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 23

Position description

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information

Basic Function:

Teach courses in broadcast journalism, conduct academic research and/or creative productions, and serve on committees as assigned. Plan, direct, edit and publish the work of student journalists in the school's media outlets.

Supervisory Accountability:

Faculty member shall be accountable to the Journalism Sequence Coordinator, Department Chairperson and the Cathy Hughes School of Communications Dean.

Nature and Scope:

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in broadcast journalism. S/he will also undertake academic research or creative productions, serve on university committees as assigned, and provide service to the national and/or international communications community.

Principal Accountabilities:

Faculty member shall be evaluated annually in four key areas—research/creative production, teaching, service and professional development.

Description of Position:

We seek a candidate who can work collegially and keep the department at the forefront of academic and media innovation. Preferred candidates will be able to identify new opportunities in news production and interactive news presentation, social media, and understand news audience metrics and data visualization. Highly desired candidates will have recent experience with news editorial production in digital/mobile media and possess a willingness to innovate. They will understand and be able to successfully teach all aspects of station and newsroom positions and roles. They will also have the ability to supervise student reporters, anchors, producers and videographers working on deadline or on in-depth projects across broadcast and digital platforms.

Particular expertise in the area of broadcast news production is preferred. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the theory and practice of broadcast news, long-format broadcast magazines and documentaries; understand the operational and editorial aspects of news production; advise and coach students in air-quality broadcast productions, including newscast producing; advise an on-campus media organization, participate in committee work, and assist in nurturing a culture of professional broadcasting while pursuing creative and professional development of their own. The successful candidate will help teach students to think creatively and to innovate. Students

will learn how to integrate content and technology, regardless of the platform, and they’ll learn how to produce and promote that work and themselves.

The department is especially interested in candidates with recent expertise in on-air broadcasting, editing, directing and producing. Candidates must be able to work in field, studio and digital media environments and have a thorough knowledge of all aspects of news and media production. They must have the ability to teach in at least one other area of course offerings in the department, including courses that address critical issues related to the history, theory, practice and policy of public media. Candidates should also be willing and able to write grant proposals, be aware of emerging industry trends, and be able to supervise and critique e-portfolios/websites. Where appropriate, the successful candidates may also have opportunities to teach graduate courses in the Communications, Culture and Media Studies Program.

This full-time, tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor begins August 2020.


  • The candidate should have a M.A., a M.S. or a terminal degree along with a strong record of professional broadcasting achievement, including awards and other recognition. Prior university-level teaching is required. That experience should include:
  • Classroom teaching, grading, advising.

  • Experience in designing courses and syllabi.

  • Thorough knowledge of editorial/ (reporting/producing) and operational/technical aspects of production.

  • Experience with news/content management software, such as iNews, ENPS, Rundown Creator, etc., and editing software such as Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere.

  • Familiarity with production and video production systems/switchers such as Tricaster or Black Magic.

  • Extensive professional connections and interest in seeking sponsorship of student productions.

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