Utah State University

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow I (Journalism and Mass Media)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(10/1/2021 12:15 PM)
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Teaching (non-Faculty)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
Journalism & Communication
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University invites applications for a postdoctoral teaching fellow in Journalism and Mass Media. This is a nine-month, academic year, nonrenewable position with an initial start date of August 1, 2022, in Logan, Utah. 

  • The fellow will be responsible for teaching three courses per semester. These could include introductory survey, research, and writing courses and upper-division courses for majors. To be eligible, candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in journalism, media studies, or communication between August 1, 2020 and April 15, 2022.
  • We are interested in candidates:
    • Whose research and teaching explore the diversity of human experiences with media. 
    • Who are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline.
    • Who have experience or demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring underrepresented students.
    • Who contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. 
    • Whose richly varied research enables our students to successfully explore and interpret the rich array of disciplines and perspectives contained within the communication field.

The successful fellow may expect a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, health benefits, office space, computer, $1,000 in moving expenses, and library privileges. In addition, fellows may apply for departmental travel funds for presentation at one professional conference during the 2022-2023 school year.  


Review of applications will begin Dec. 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Along with the online application, please attach a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy and/or goals, a sample syllabus for a course the applicant has taught as instructor of record or as a teaching assistant, and at least three recent academic and/or professional references. 


  • Teach three 3-credit courses per semester (fall and spring). Courses could include:
    • News Writing (JCOM 1130)
    • Communication Research Methods (JCOM 2020)
    • and courses in the applicant’s area of excellence.
  • Maintain regular office hours.
  • Participate in departmental events and activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to teach introductory survey, research, and/or writing courses to undergraduate students 
  • Ability to serve as a mentor, adviser and role model to students
  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively with colleagues

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. preferred in journalism, media studies, or communication earned between August 1, 2020 and April 15, 2022
  • Ability to teach other courses in the department
  • Professional experience in the communication industries

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. At least three-recent academic and/or professional references (collected in the applicant profile)
  3. Sample syllabus for a course the applicant has taught as instructor of record or as a  teaching assistant to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”
  4. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy and/or goals to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  6. A statement outlining your commitment to inclusion and address how your cultural, experiential and/or academic background contributes to USU’s mission of equality and inclusion to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

  • Review of applications will begin Dec. 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.  
  • For more information, contact Dr. Susan Polster, department head, at Susan.polster@usu.edu or 435-613-5213. 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has played an instrumental role teaching independent thinking and discovery at Utah State University since 1888. Students in the college confront the great questions and controversies, learn about the forces that have shaped our world, and develop skills to tackle its most pressing challenges. Our graduates are creative problem-solvers with a passion for making a difference. The education they receive prepares them to address the problems of today and to succeed wherever their career path takes them tomorrow (https://chass.usu.edu). 


The Department of Journalism and Communication (http://journalism.usu.edu) is a professional mass communication program incorporating journalism (multimedia, web, broadcast, print), public relations, and social media. The department has 11 full-time faculty between our main campus in Logan, UT and USU Eastern’s campus in Price, UT.  Our faculty support about 225 undergraduate student majors. The department produces an award-winning local news show (A-TV News), sponsors an active Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, and supports USU Eastern’s campus newspaper, The Eagle. This department is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity. The department also demonstrates multicultural competence in awareness, knowledge and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different in meaningful, relevant and productive ways.  


University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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