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Faculty in Media Studies

POSITION

Full-time, with faculty rank; tenure-track; 9-month faculty appointment in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences.

STARTING DATE

July 1, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. An appointment will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned.

Fresno Pacific University is seeking a full-time appointment in Media Studies and Communication. The role includes focus on or possible combinations of media literacy, mass media & journalism, critical approaches to technology & culture, visual culture and rhetoric, and student journalism.

The Communication Program at Fresno Pacific University offers a bachelor’s degree with emphasis in Communication Studies, Integrated Media, or Media and Film Studies. The program is housed in the Humanities Division and collaborates with other programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Communication Program includes students from diverse populations and prepares them for participation and service in multiple settings and roles.

ROLE

  • Pursue an active scholarly agenda.
  • Teach upper division courses such as Reading and Writing Journalism, Scriptwriting, Visual Rhetoric, Digital Video Production, Documentary Studies, Film Studies, Intercultural Communication, Media and Society, and Communication Theory.
  • Potentially advise the student newspaper The Syrinx and social media production.
  • Teach General Education courses in Oral Communication and Understanding Media.
  • Advise Communication Majors with the Integrated Media and Media and Film Studies emphasis.
  • Represent the Communication Program on University Committees and the Faculty Senate.
  • Work with students, faculty, staff, and administration of diverse communities.
  • Teach media studies from a Christian worldview.

Qualifications

Required

  • Earned terminal degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, Media Studies or related field (ABD candidates will be considered; completion of a terminal degree is a requisite for continued employment), or MFA in related field.
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement.
  • Evidence of or aptitude for university teaching.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students and faculty in a liberal arts environment.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.

Preferred

  • Familiarity with or involvement in Anabaptist-Mennonite, Believer’s Church traditions.

Compensation

Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA).

Application

The link to the application is within the job description here.

Send a letter of application, a completed faculty application form (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:

Dr. Ron Herms
Fresno Pacific University
School of HRSS
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2301
Fresno, CA 93702
OR email: HRSS@fresno.edu

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University description

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU connects every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 3,500 traditional and adult students on the main campus in southeast Fresno and regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, and is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 47 percent. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. Both U.S. News and Washington Monthly include FPU on their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, U.S. News places it at number 13 in its category for student social mobility and Money has ranked it at number 11 among 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific Idea here.

Reserving its rights as a religious institution, Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age or disability, or other classes protected by applicable law. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you should contact FPU’s Human Resources Department at hr@fresno.edu. As a religious institution, the University will administer the equal opportunity employment policy consistent with the Fresno Pacific University statement of faith, the FPU Idea and the University’s governance by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.