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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

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The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University (

Description of Position: The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and the Department of Journalism and Media Production at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, invite applications for a permanent, 9-month academic year, full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant level to begin August 16, 2021.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, in addition to excellent retirement programs.

Requirements for Assistant Professors: Earned Ph.D. in communication or related field before the date of hire or nearing completion of dissertation in communication or related field but with all Ph.D. degree requirements completed before start of employment, evidence of potential for a productive and programmatic research agenda in one of the preferred areas, evidence of potential for effective teaching and mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of potential to seek out and collaborate on externally funded research.

Preferences: We seek candidates who have a passion for advancing research and teaching on the roles, sociological contexts, and implications of new media technologies for communication professions. We are particularly interested in candidates who focus on studying the sociological contexts or psychological aspects of new technologies and journalism. The candidate may have expertise in mixed methods, quantitative, or qualitative research methods. Candidates who are a good fit for this position will specifically be able to combine their primary interests in journalism with an emphasis in one or more of the following research and teaching areas: mobile media; digital technology; social media; interactive media; data analytics in journalism; processes and effects of new media technologies in journalism; rural journalism; misinformation/disinformation and journalism; health/science communication; political communication.

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication prefers candidates with a strong background in quantitative methods who can demonstrate success or potential for securing extramural funds.

Duties: Contribute to one or more of the above research areas through graduate and undergraduate teaching, student mentoring, scholarship, and a programmatic effort to seek externally funded research opportunities. Teach courses in Journalism and Media Production. Candidates are expected to be collegial both internally and externally to the college and engage in a level of service that is appropriate for a tenure track assistant professor.

Application Procedure: Applicants must send a cover letter summarizing qualifications, curriculum vitae, a brief research statement, and contact information for three references and apply online at:

Included in their materials, candidates should address which of the research areas mentioned above best fit their interests and how they can contribute to the teaching needs identified above. Final candidates will be asked to submit at least three (3) letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin December 14, 2020. This position is subject to available funding. Questions regarding this position can be address to Benjamin Shors, Chair of Journalism and Media Production Department, at

About the University: Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 7,000 faculty and staff on 5 campuses. The main Pullman campus is located in the Palouse area of southeastern Washington. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all. Further information about the WSU can be found at:

Washington State University’s College of Communication is named for legendary journalist, Edward R. Murrow. We offer both residential and online graduate programs. The residential program includes both the MA and Ph.D. degrees. Our top doctoral students are offered Jackson Fellowship funding to support their graduate research. The research environment in the college includes a strong research infrastructure. The college has media psychophysiology labs for both in facility and field research, a virtual reality lab, survey lab, and focus group room space.

Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons the age of 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and has faculty friendly policies.