Information Request for Letter of Reference

Information Request for Letter of Reference

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Jeremy Littau: Bio

Jeremy Littau is a doctoral student at the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. His professional experience in journalism consists of jobs as both a reporter and editor in newspapers. As a graduate student he has focused on convergence journalism with an emphasis on both user-generated content and storytelling using new media tools. His research focuses on the ways citizens are both consuming and sharing news online and how they are using online media to build grassroots action. He also is interested in how technology changes peoples’ definitions of news. He received his master’s in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.

University of Tennessee, School of Journalism and Electronic Media (Sept. 10)

DESCRIPTION: The School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee is seeking an outstanding teacher and scholar to join the faculty at the assistant professor rank in August 2009. We seek an individual with solid professional and a strong academic background who can teach sports journalism writing, reporting and editing, and is knowledgeable in converged media issues and Web journalism. Ph.D. is required at time of appointment. The successful candidate will join a fully converged journalism program with news, magazine, media management, science communication, visual communication and sport journalism tracks. The optimal candidate will be able to integrate new media and international and intercultural elements into his/her teaching and develop a strong long-term research agenda. Ability to teach in one or more of the following areas is also a plus: media ethics, science journalism, media law, and broadcast journalism.

JEM Search Committee
School of Journalism and Electronic Media
333 Communications Building
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0333

University of Texas-Austin (Oct. 1)

DESCRIPTION: One position available at Assistant or Associate Professor rank with starting date of mid-August, 2009. Applicants’ interests should include one or more of the following areas: policy, use, and social aspects of the Internet; global/international media; digital media/new media, including wireless and mobile communications; the relationship between new media and behavior for individuals and in social groups and institutions; emerging information and communications media, including electronically-based games; political economy of media; policy/regulatory issues in new media, including privacy, surveillance and copyright; and telecommunications. Candidates should have strong social scientific research skills and a commitment to undertaking extra-murally funded research. Qualifications must be commensurate with rank. Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. and be able to teach, conduct research, and supervise graduate students.

Bert R. Herigstad
Office Manager, Dept. of Radio-TV-Film
1 University Station A0800
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-0108

Lehigh University, Department of Journalism & Communication (Oct. 1)

DESCRIPTION: Department of Journalism & Communication invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position focused on research and teaching in the areas of new media and media convergence. The successful candidate should also be able to contribute to the traditional curriculum through courses such as media and society, or reporting. The candidate will be expected to teach two courses per semester, advise students, participate in departmental and college service, and conduct an active research program. Salary and benefits are highly competitive. The department has served a small undergraduate program of superior quality since 1927. It has six full-time and five part-time faculty. With major and minor programs in journalism, science and environmental writing, and communication, it enrolls about 150 majors and minors. The campus newspaper has been published for 113 years.

APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a vita, letter of application, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and two samples of scholarly work. Applicants should also request that three letters of reference be sent. Materials should be addressed to: Professor Walter Trimble, Chair, Department of Journalism & Communication, #33 Coppee Hall, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 1.

Professor Walter Trimble
Chair, Department of Journalism & Communication
#33 Coppee Hall
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015

University of Minnesota (Oct. 10)

DESCRIPTION: The School of Journalism and Mass Communication invites nominations and applications for up to three 100%-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor, beginning August 31, 2009. We are seeking outstanding colleagues in journalism to extend departmental curricular strengths in one or more of the following areas: electronic news-gathering and production, multimedia reporting, digital publication design and editing, photojournalism, media graphics or information visualization. Research and scholarship may be in areas such as media sociology, journalism history, media ethics, organizational and management studies, social and behavioral theory, visual communication, or serious games. Successful candidates will demonstrate promise for developing a strong program of research and publication; clear potential for securing external research support; promise of excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels; and a capacity for, and commitment to, establishing linkages with the profession and related academic departments. Salary will depend on the successful candidate’s qualifications, consistent with collegiate and university policies.

Chair, New Media Journalism Faculty Search Committee
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Minnesota
111 Murphy Hall/206 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0418