The award-winning School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky anticipates multiple openings as part of a faculty cluster hire search planned for the 2022-2023 academic year in our dynamic journalism and media arts and studies programs. The goal of this cluster hire is to attract and support diverse faculty who can teach both practical and theoretical courses in the areas of broadcast news and sports, video production and media production, and media law and ethics, in addition to their areas of research and creative specialization. The School is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. We have revised our undergraduate programs to include paths in print, broadcast, and sports journalism and added a new video game design and development minor to our media arts and studies program.
The Open Rank Professor—Media Law and Ethics Position requires teaching courses in media law and ethics. The new faculty member reports directly to the Director of the School of Journalism and Media and is expected to teach two courses each semester in the journalism or media studies sequences and produce scholarly research. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: new media law, media regulation and policy, media ethics, community affairs journalism, investigative journalism, other areas related to freedom of information requests and the First Amendment. Professional experience is desired, as is a record of teaching experience and scholarly or creative work.
Applicants should hold a master's degree or higher in a related field; a terminal degree is preferred (Ph.D., J.D., M.F.A.). Members of under-represented groups are highly welcome and encouraged to apply, as are those who would bring dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion to the School’s teaching, service and research missions.
This position is designed as an Open Rank, Regular Title Series, Tenure-track, 9-month assignment. Candidates must first meet the prescribed criteria per Administrative Regulation 2:2-1
and statements of evidence to be granted tenure. The anticipated start is August 2023.
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 school is ACEJMC accredited. 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.
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
Application materials should include a letter of application, a curriculum vita, evidence of teaching excellence (upload as Specific Request 1), and contact information for three references when prompted in the application. Please note that references will not be contacted without prior consent.
Application review will begin December 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.
Questions regarding the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair Professor Deborah Chung at Deborah.Chung@uky.edu
The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.
The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from
veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.