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Assistant Professor in Media Arts and Studies
University of Kentucky


Date Posted Nov. 7, 2021
Title Assistant Professor in Media Arts and Studies
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8M100: School Of Journalism and Media
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Assistant Professor
  • Digital Media
    Communications/Information Systems
 
 

The School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2022.

Qualifications/Responsibilities
The new faculty member reports directly to the Director of the School of Journalism and Media and is expected to teach three courses each semester in the Media Arts and Studies sequence. These courses will include video studio and field production, introduction to media and culture, and new media courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The faculty member would serve as an academic advisor to undergraduate Media Arts and Studies students and would participate in the School’s governance and service. Additional duties may include helping with the daily newscast produced by the School’s students and supervising the television studio.

The successful candidate should demonstrate an ability to teach video production in studio and field settings as well as other skills-based courses at the undergraduate level. Interest and ability in developing courses in other digital media areas are highly desirable. These areas may include but are not limited to video games, esports, film, social video, streaming, animation and special effects, virtual production and virtual reality. Substantial experience in professional media production is required, as is the ability to teach in various modalities, including fully online, hybrid, and fully in person. The candidate should hold a master’s degree or higher in a related field. Excellent organizational and communication skills are required.

Our Commitment to Diversity:
We are committed to recruitment, retention, and representation strategies and practices to increase the presence of underrepresented individuals. Our commitment applies to all candidates inclusive of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

About the School:
The School of Journalism and Media is recognized for its accomplishments in academic scholarship and professional areas. The School offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in two areas of study: journalism (print/multimedia, broadcast/multimedia) and media arts and studies. The Journalism program is ACEJMC accredited while the Media Arts and Studies program is currently seeking accreditation. The School also participates in the graduate program of the college that includes the M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication.

Students learn first-hand working at the award-winning Kentucky Kernel newspaper, KRNL Lifestyle and Fashion magazine and the Kentucky Kernel Year in Photos. Also, there are great opportunities at WRFL, WUKY and the Student News Network, our award-winning student newscast. School alumni include Pulitzer, Emmy, Murrow, and Oscar winners and current media makers with ESPN, CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN, EA, and The Washington Post.

The School also promotes the free flow of information through its Scripps Howard First Amendment Center. Since 1981, the School has been the home of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues also operates within the school.

About the College:
The College of Communication and Information is composed of two schools (The School of Journalism and Media, School of Information Science), two departments (Department of Communication, Department of Integrated Strategic Communication) and an interdisciplinary graduate program. Nearly 1,700 undergraduate majors and 350 graduate students are led by more than 80 full-time faculty, who also teach in the university’s core curriculum and serve students perusing minors and certificates in the College. The College also houses UK’s independent student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, and the defending national championship Intercollegiate Debate Team.

About the University:
Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grant institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development and human well-being. The campus is home to 30,545 students, 1,734 instructional faculty, 852 non-instructional faculty, and 13,940 full-time staff. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. As such, UK is an incubator for multidisciplinary research. These collaborations allow researchers to address the rapidly changing needs of a global society.

About Lexington:
The City of Lexington is a great place to live, work, and study. It recently appeared on USA Today’s list of the top cities to live in. With a population of roughly 320,000, Lexington offers both the warmth – and lower cost of living – of a small city, along with some of the amenities you would enjoy in a larger city, including the arts, cultural events, and a thriving dining scene.

The University of Kentucky offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more details please visit www.uky.edu/HR/benefits

To apply, please visit the UK Jobs site https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/358543. Application materials should include a letter of application uploaded under "Cover Letter" in the required documents section of the application, a curriculum vita, evidence of teaching excellence or administrative/professional experience uploaded under Specific Request 1 in the application, and contact information for three references when prompted. Please note that references will not be contacted without prior consent.

Application review will begin December 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Zixue Tai via email at: ztai2@uky.edu

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. Therefore, as of October 18, 2021, all new hires prior to their first day of employment must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those employees who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.


 
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