The Department of Media, Journalism & Public Relations (MJPR) is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment at the assistant or associate professor rank to begin in Fall 2017 in the area of digital media with emphasis in visual/photography and interactive communication and design.
Education and Experience Required: The successful candidate for this position should have a record of significant professional and/or teaching experience as well as evidence of successful endeavors in research. The university and the Department of Media, Journalism & PR are seeking candidates who are leading thinkers and practitioners in the conversations concerning Christianity, media and culture, and who will contribute to the department’s vision for deep engagement with the diverse communities represented throughout the greater Los Angeles area, across the nation and in other countries. Three to five years of professional media experience in photojournalism, media design, publishing and/or digital media for news and/or public relations are required, as well as evidence of effective teaching and a terminal degree in an appropriately related academic field of study. ABD will be considered provided a clear commitment is made to complete the degree in a timely way.
Candidates with a media publishing background should possess knowledge of appropriate software such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Lightroom or other photo-management systems and current resources/programs available online for visual creation. (The successful candidate will teach in a convergent media laboratory equipped with software for editing of photos, video, and audio packages.)
In that lab environment (along with other media labs and traditional classrooms around campus) they will guide students toward excellence in practical media work at the highest levels of professional journalism and public relations, incorporating video, audio, text and graphics into contextually relevant storytelling and presentations. Evidence of proficiency with the latest technological resources in the industry will be beneficial to the application. The successful candidate will also demonstrate knowledge of — and the ability to effectively teach — the ethical and societal implications of the latest media technologies.
In addition to the requirement for a primary area of teaching emphasis and professional experience, secondary areas of professional competency will enhance the application. Specifically, the ability to teach radio technology and programming, audio/sound, promotional publication and web design and development, television production or documentary video will be valuable. The department is committed to embracing a convergent model of journalism, public relations and media learning for students.
Successful teaching is a hallmark of this department. The candidate should show proven success in effectively engaging students in learning models that helps them think beyond traditional media formats to reach audiences for journalism and public relations. Proven ability to guide students into excellent use of the tools of digital and interactive media is required for this position. Ability to articulate ethical ramifications, with a confident grasp of biblical worldview of the history and latest trends in media, is also vital.
The candidate could be asked to assist or supervise leadership of any of our nationally and regionally award-winning student media. In addition, duties could include coordination of student media campus exhibits, weekend/summer workshops, special projects and/or student media travel (domestically and internationally). The willingness to be innovative and passionate about the field and demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset in pedagogy and in regards to the industry will enhance this candidate's application.
University and Department Overview:
Biola University is an evangelical Christian university that serves a student body of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is committed to diversity and seeks faculty who can contribute to multicultural understanding. The Department of Media, Journalism and Public Relations has six full-time faculty members; 200 Journalism & PR majors and offers concentrations in diverse and overlapping areas of Broadcast Journalism, Visual Media, Writing & Publishing, Cross-cultural Media, Agency and Corporate PR, Events & Entertainment PR, Non-profit and Ministry PR, and Media Relations PR. The department has a top ranking by USA Today among national Journalism programs and has earned regional and national recognition for its Public Relations program. Student journalists from the program regularly win national and regional awards in campus media competitions and alums from the department serve in national and regional media and PR organizational positions. The department is a leader among its peer institutions for its innovation, practical pedagogy and biblical integration of its approach to professional practice. All faculty in the program bring professional media or PR experience to their pedagogy.
Because Biola’s Department of Media, Journalism and Public Relations is expressly Christian and highly student-oriented, its faculty are expected to be accessible to students as spiritual and life-decision-making mentors as well as instructors in the academic discipline they teach. Students in this department are guided by their faculty toward leadership in both secular and Christian media and organizations in the United States and in other countries. The department has an intentional focus on cross-cultural and bilingual approaches, urging students toward projects, internships and careers that reach into the rich tapestry of ethnicities across greater Los Angeles.
We are looking for an individual who cares about students’ development not just as scholars and pre-professionals, but as people who own their faith in Christ in a globalizing marketplace. The candidate must show a passion for helping students prepare for living out that faith and, by diligent professionalism, earning the respect of peers in rapidly changing multicultural media careers. The ideal candidate will have experience with, or a compassion for, marginalized ethnic groups in the U.S. and other countries. Bilingual and cross-cultural media experience are desired in the candidate.
Application Procedure and Materials:
Please send the following materials as part of your submission package:
Application letter showing fit with the job, the university mission and the department’s goals
Statement describing your Christian faith and its integration with your work
Statement concerning teaching philosophy
20 visuals demonstrating your own work in the visual
20 images of visuals demonstrating work by your students with description of assignment and assistance you gave or critique you offered of the work
Samples of published research (if available)
Sample Syllabi you've written and used in recent teaching
Posting Date: February 2017
Closing Date: applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Biola University's Doctrinal Statement remains the foundational document regarding the theological position of the University. Biola's position from its inception has been and remains Christian, Protestant and theologically conservative. Prospective and existing employees must affirm that their personal theological beliefs are in agreement with the Biola Doctrinal Statement. A prospective or an ex...isting employee's church affiliation will be considered in determining his or her understanding of and compliance with Biola's theological position.
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