Instructor and Director of Scholastic Media Associations, Journalism & Creative Media

The Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama is seeking a non-tenure, renewable contract instructor to teach a variety of journalism courses and lead scholastic media organizations beginning Aug. 16, 2023.


Teach journalism courses each semester (a 9-month contract) with opportunities to also teach during the summer. Courses range from introductory level journalism to advanced journalism courses, with a mix of conceptual and skills-based topics. Some graduate level teaching is possible in our master's program. Lead the Alabama Scholastic Press Association, the National Elementary School Press Association, and the department's Multicultural Journalism Program. This department houses approximately 900 undergraduate and master's students. This department is one of four academic units in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. The College also includes a nationally ranked interdepartmental doctoral program.

Minimum Qualifications:

A master's degree in journalism or a related field is required. Experience working in journalism and/or teaching journalism. Ability to excel in a classroom as a leader and instructor, including the desire to bring inclusive and equitable teaching practices to the classroom. Skill or experience in non-profit management or event planning is strongly preferred. An interest and ability to work with high school media is preferred. Ability to effectively run social media accounts.

Instructions and Required Materials for Application:

To Apply - Applicants must apply online at and submit: ►Letter of application that addresses the applicant's teaching philosophy, instructional excellence, and outlines specific courses within the JCM curriculum that the applicant could teach ►Curriculum Vitae ►Contact information (names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” university transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework. The position expected start date is August 16, 2023. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2023. Questions regarding the search should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Dianne Bragg at

About the Division/College/School:

The College of Communication and Information Sciences is home to state-of-the-art media and research facilities like the Digital Media Center and the Institute for Communication and Information Research. The College's students and programs have won several regional and national awards in multiple areas ranging from forensics and debate to being named PRWeek's Most Outstanding Education Program. The College offers bachelor's degrees in advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations; master's degrees in advertising and public relations, book arts, communication studies, journalism and media studies, and library and information studies; and a multidisciplinary doctoral degree in communication and information sciences. With an award-winning faculty and staff and commitment to innovative scholarship and teaching, the College of Communication and Information Sciences is dedicated to realizing the potential of communication and information to make everyone's world a better place.

About the University:

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state's flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research, and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200-degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry, and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state's largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa:

Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that's filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that's complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It's within a few hours' drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans, and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South's finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement:

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.