Utah State University

Assistant Professor of Applied Media Studies

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 6 months ago(11/23/2022 10:29 AM)
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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
Telework Eligible


The Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University’s main campus in Logan invites applications for Assistant Professor of Applied Media Studies. We are seeking a person who is constantly forward-focused on emerging digital mediums and can bring the various professional journalism backgrounds represented in our course curriculum together as we continually think about how our media technology affect our social interactions and how our students can graduate with skills that reflect our changing communication technologies.  Successful candidates will be able to translate content creation and storytelling tactics across multiple media sources and platforms.


We are seeking a candidate who will be excited to join a growing department with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. This is an academic-year (nine-month), tenure-track position with an initial start date of August 1, 2023.


  • Teach courses across our curriculum and develop new courses in the candidate’s research or professional interest areas (teaching load: 3 courses in the fall, 3 courses in the spring)
  • Conduct and publish scholarly research in the successful candidate’s areas of academic interests
  • Bolster our department’s interest in diversity and equity for students, faculty, and staff through service work or professional and academic work
  • Advise and mentor students
  • Serve on departmental committees and perform other departmental, college, and university service as needed


Minimum Qualifications:

  • D. to be completed before August 1, 2023, in Mass Communication, Strategic Communication, Public Relations, Social Media, or Media Studies or a closely related discipline from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Terminal Master’s degrees may be considered if the candidate has substantial professional media experience
  • Demonstrated ability to teach established courses, such as media writing, qualitative or quantitative research, strategic campaigns and client management, and social media.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in professional media content creation
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish scholarly research
  • Active commitment to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout USU
  • Interest in assisting with the continued growth of our department
  • Willingness and ability to mentor undergraduate students

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to think outside of the medium silos of “print,” “broadcast,” and “social media”
  • Interest in emerging media paradigms and how to effectively teach them to undergraduate students
  • Experience working with and supporting diverse populations
  • Interest in and dedication to developing a funded research program
  • Interest in developing interdisciplinary professional, teaching, research, and other academic collaboration

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  • CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  • Sample syllabus for a public relations course the applicant has taught or is prepared to teach to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  • Samples of the applicant’s professional client-based work in public relations to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  • At least three recent academic and/or professional references (collected as part of the online application)
  • Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and/or goals to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  • Statement outlining commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of work to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

Other Required Document Types/Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Review of applications will begin December 31, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled
  • For more information, contact Dr. Debra Monson, committee chair, at debra.monson@usu.edu or 801/710-9155

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

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 eight full-time faculty and 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 a student-initiated, student-run magazine (Aggie BluePrint).

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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


*updated 11/2022


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