Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor of Journalism in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00085 - Communication

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2022


The Department of Communication at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Journalism, effective July 1, 2022

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in journalism, communication, media communication, or a closely related discipline or interdisciplinary program ( ABD will be considered). The position emphasizes journalism and news scholarship and teaching in areas of digital media and technology, AI and news, and/or engagement platforms that provide streaming, podcasting, live video, or related content formats. Applicants’ scholarship could intersect with digital communication, social media, health communication, misinformation, media activism, political communication, or similar areas.

Superior candidates will show: (1) evidence of an emerging research program, including articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, or research-based creative works; (2) a record of teaching excellence that would contribute to the Department’s teaching responsibilities, including introductory and foundational undergraduate and graduate courses; (3) evidence of, or interest in, obtaining and managing grants; (4) experience in, or ability to connect with, the professional journalism community; (5) interest in contributing to the development of University-wide programs such as digital humanities, medical humanities, or entertainment arts and engineering; and (6) awareness and appreciation of how digital media and journalism can articulate with historical and emerging concerns of communication studies.

The Department is committed to removing systemic barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups and strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity and aims to support the academic, professional, and personal successes of faculty, staff, and students while they are here. Exemplifying our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, the department passed anAnti-Racism Code of Conduct ( in Fall 2020 followed by anAnti-Racism Strategic Plan ( in Spring 2021.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. People of color, Indigenous peoples, women, those identifying as LGBTQIAAP+, veterans, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable accommodations for a disability will be provided with adequate notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see: .

The University of Utah recognizes that inclusion, diversity, equity, and access foster educational and institutional excellence. It values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Scholars whose research, teaching, and/or service center on issues of inclusion, equity, diversity, and access are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest; a CV; a writing sample; evidence of teaching effectiveness (please upload under Teaching Statement in applicant documents); and a single-page statement of their contributions to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Questions about the position are welcome and can be directed to one of the search committee co-chairs: Glen Feighery,, or David Vergobbi,

Applications are now being accepted and review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 09/07/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00730CF

Type Faculty