Cal Poly Journalism   San Luis Obispo, CA   Full-time     Education
Posted on September 7, 2022
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The Journalism Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, seeks a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Media Innovation, to begin September 11, 2023.

The ideal candidate will bring inclusive teaching practices and a relevant research agenda aligned with the department’s new media innovation concentration which focuses on developments driving modern media organizations: design thinking, product management, audience engagement and the creation of more equitable, inclusive journalism. The concentration could be described as half focused on telling stories in innovative ways and half focused on designing new media products and business models. Both stem from a desire to serve audience needs and to sustain the foundations of good journalism. The candidate must have relevant professional experience related to media innovation along with experience working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and equitable environment that supports the college’s goals of ensuring that graduates are prepared to work successfully with others in multicultural and global contexts through oral, written and visual communication.

Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university. Our faculty are expected to balance equitable and inclusive teaching practices with an active program of research/professional development and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The typical teaching load is 12 units (three courses) per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help establish an active program of research and professional development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal. An earned master’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication, or a closely related field by date of appointment is required.                           

Department and University Information

Currently the Journalism Department, in the College of Liberal Arts, has six full-time faculty members and five lecturers, most of whom teach nearly full-time. The department serves approximately 280 undergraduate students in digital, print and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising. The department’s digital-first student news organization, student-run public relations agency, campus radio and TV stations and interdisciplinary collaborations provide laboratories for elevating community engagement and knowledge as well as opportunities for research. The department's website is located at

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds and experiences fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry and reflection on impacts of cultural context, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to DEI informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please visit, complete a required online faculty application and apply to requisition #516985. Please upload the following required materials as part of the electronic application:

  • Cover letter: address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Transcript copy
  • Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: describe past experience and contributions to DEI efforts, and describe how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly
  • Teaching portfolio: provide evidence of teaching effectiveness including student evaluations and course syllabi as related to the advertised position
  • Example of scholarship or creative work

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcript showing the highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment. This position is open until filled.

Projected Start Date: 09-11-2023

Cal Poly Journalism

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San Luis Obispo , CA