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Assistant Professor of Practice in Sports Journalism

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Non-Tenure

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:

Academic Term (Fixed Term)

Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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School of Journalism and Strategic Media

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Summary of Job Duties:

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas has an opening for a full-time nine-month Assistant Professor of Practice in Sports Journalism beginning in August 2024 with an initial appointment for a period of up to three academic years and the possibility of annual renewal, subject to program needs, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance of duties.

We seek a candidate with a strong and developing national reputation, achieved through a compelling research record; one who demonstrates curiosity in emerging technologies and novel approaches to traditional methods. This non-tenure-track Assistant Professor of Practice position entails contributing to the development of a concentrated sports journalism program at a Southeastern Conference school, including duties such as teaching multiple sports-related classes as well as foundational courses in media writing, and demonstrating a commitment to building an inclusive scholarly environment through teaching, mentoring, research, outreach, and service.

The Assistant Professor of Practice will participate in various faculty- and student-oriented committees, providing service on campus and in related professional organizations.

For promotion, the Assistant Professor of Practice position requires some research, creative work, and/or other scholarly activities. The workload will be as follows: 70 percent teaching, 10 percent research, 20 percent service.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Job Duties will include:
• 70% Teaching
• 10% Research
• 20% Service


Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate:

  • Master’s degree in journalism (or a related field) from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the date of initial appointment

  • At least two years of noteworthy professional experience in sports journalism

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor undergraduate students in a variety of settings, including through campus student media outlets, student organizations, and honors projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to teach introductory content to support the core curriculum at the undergraduate level, including foundational courses in media writing

  • Demonstrated ability to teach multiple courses related to sports journalism

  • At least five years of noteworthy full-time professional experience related to sports journalism with major national or regional news outlets

  • Professional experience in covering NCAA Division 1 Sports, as well as expertise in investigative journalism, particularly working with Freedom of Information Act requests

  • Two or more years of successful teaching experience

  • Experience in administering and implementing strategic initiatives, new courses, and curricular programs for sports journalism

  • Demonstrated ability of professional skills in broadcast/video/multiplatform journalism, including working in a production control room, web production, audience analytics, and/or social media

Additional Information:

Annual Salary/Benefits Package: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the Department

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, offering specialized sequences in news/editorial, advertising/public relations, and broadcast. Students are trained in writing news, analyzing media, planning campaigns, producing television programs, podcasts, radio, database journalism, and photojournalism publishing. The School offers special interdisciplinary programs, career mentorship, thriving student media organizations, Registered Student Organizations, award-winning faculty, and a Center for Ethics in Journalism.

Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Raymond McCaffrey, Search committee chair,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Completed applications received by November 20, 2023, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For more information, please contact Raymond McCaffrey, Search committee chair,

Applicants must submit:
• A curriculum vitae
• A cover letter/letter of application
• A Teaching Statement
• A Research Statement (this could be a statement of research or professional practice of journalism, such as freelance work)
• A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process. Letters of recommendation will be requested only for candidates selected for interviews.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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