Assistant/Associate Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications

Assistant/Associate Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University seeks a versatile colleague for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant or associate professor with teaching and scholarly or creative interests in digital storytelling and/or journalism. The appointment begins July 1, 2021.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selec­tive liberal arts college of about 1,800 undergraduate students located in Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley.

Our department is committed to preparing our students for global communications by creating an educational environment that values diverse people and their ideas. Our new colleague will be expected to teach undergraduate courses for both journalism and strategic communication majors to prepare them to communicate with a variety of audiences. Likely courses will include Introduction to News Writing and Introduction to Digital Journalism, as well as specialty courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Experience with audio, video, or data analysis and visualization is preferred. To fulfill our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. We seek candidates who can effectively mentor underrepresented minority students. 

Candidates should have substantial professional experience in journalism and/or public relations, including expertise with audio and video. A Ph.D. in mass communications or a related field and teaching at the college level are desirable. Candidates with a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications and significant professional experience are also welcome to apply.

Application Instructions
Applications should include:

  • a cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • names and contact information for three references

Please upload all materials in PDF format to  The search committee will begin application review on September 15, 2020. The application deadline is October 1, 2020. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.