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Term Journalism Faculty Position

One-Year Term Faculty Search, AY2013-2014

The School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. announces the availability of a one-year, non-renewable term appointment at the rank of Instructor or Professorial Lecturer, depending on education and experience, beginning in August 2013. Candidates must have significant professional journalism experience (five years or more) and at least a master’s degree. University-level teaching experience is highly preferred. The salary will be competitive in the academic environment and is negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications.


Candidates should have significant professional experience (five years or more) in broadcast journalism, with radio or television experience that includes writing, reporting, and editing. Ideally, the person would be comfortable teaching video shooting and non-linear editing such as Final Cut Pro. Also highly desirable is knowledge of multimedia skills and online writing. Teaching will include skills classes and media studies courses in the university general education program.   

Expected teaching load

The position has a six-course teaching load, including classes in the school’s innovative weekend MA programs in Interactive Journalism and/or Media Entrepreneurship.

The School

The School of Communication is one of six major teaching units at American University, with four divisions: Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Communication, and Film and Media Arts. The School has approximately 950 undergraduate students and about 350 graduate students. American University is an independent, private, coeducational institution with more than 11,000 students.

Application Process

Application materials should be sent to: Journalism Search Committee, School of Communication, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017. Materials also may be e-mailed to Submissions should include a letter of interest, a resume or curriculum vita, as well as course syllabi and evaluations from any previous teaching experience. Three letters of reference should be sent to the committee under separate cover. The committee will begin reviewing applications immediately; for full consideration, all application materials should be received no later than May 10, 2013. Inquiries about the opening may be addressed to Journalism Division Director Jill Olmsted: 202 885-2010, or

American University is an AA/EEO institution, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.