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Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor in Journalism and Media Studies Jobs at Linfield University Faculty

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Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor in Journalism and Media Studies

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Linfield College invites applications for a three-year, full-time visiting faculty position to begin in August 2020. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach a variety of theoretical and applied-skills courses, with particular expertise in journalism.

The department graduates approximately 10-15 majors and 2-3 minors each year. Journalism and Media Studies students engage with media from multiple perspectives in the program's wide range of courses, which combine the theory and practice of mediated communication to complement Linfield's liberal arts education. Students customize the flexible curriculum to pursue their individual interests in journalism, entertainment and/or strategic communication. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in reporting, editing, media production, public relations, and advertising, as well as for graduate study.


The primary responsibility of this position is to teach a variety of journalism and media studies courses, including the introductory course, Living in a Media World; Introduction to Media Writing; Journalism Practices; and advanced writing courses Reporting and/or Feature Writing. The ability to teach some of the following courses is also necessary: Principles of Journalism; Media Law; Sports Reporting; Electronic Media Writing; Media Theory and Criticism; Introduction to Film; Political Communication; Multimedia Storytelling; Media and Popular Culture; Social Media Theory and Practice; and Media Research Methods. The ideal candidate will also be qualified to teach one or more media-production courses (multimedia, video, audio, graphic design and/or photojournalism). Most of these courses are offered on a once-a-year or once-every-other-year rotation. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop new courses, as well. Other responsibilities include serving as the advisor to the student news organization, assisting students as an advisor in academic and career planning, and performing limited departmental service duties. Excellence in teaching and mentoring of students is expected.

Visiting professors are expected to carry a teaching load of 6 courses plus additional work with students, over the whole academic year (two semesters plus a January Term).


Applicants should have professional experience in journalism and demonstrated competence in college-level teaching. A master's degree is required, though a Ph.D. is preferred, with the degree completed before the August 25, 2020. The candidate should be able to relate well with diverse colleagues, students and staff in a small-college environment.


Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please complete the online application at and attach the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of application, addressed to Dr. Lisa Weidman, Department Chair

The letter should explain relevant qualifications, which courses you feel qualified to teach, and undergraduate teaching philosophy.

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial required with application, official transcripts required prior to job offer)
  • Names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.

Please direct questions to Dr. Lisa Weidman, associate professor and department chair, Journalism and Media Studies, Linfield College,


We Value Diversity

Linfield College is actively engaged in promoting, advancing, and confirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that a diverse and vibrant Linfield contributes to academic excellence and critical thinking. We welcome applicants who bring a diversity of identity, culture, experience, perspective, and thought. All candidates are encouraged to address how their professional and lived experience, scholarship, teaching, mentorship, and/or service will build on our diversity and inclusion efforts.



About Linfield

Linfield College is an independent, coeducational comprehensive college that combines a strong emphasis on the liberal arts with a commitment to professional and interdisciplinary programs. Linfield offers high quality academic programs and strong support for individual students with a favorable student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The college has a main campus in McMinnville, Oregon, consisting of 79 buildings on 189 acres. A second campus, located in Portland, is home to the School of Nursing. A third program, Linfield College Online and Continuing Education, offers students the opportunity to pursue coursework, degrees, and certificates online. Enrollment totals 2,000 with students coming from 24 states and 24 countries.

Linfield is ranked 1st among liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest for ethnic diversity among students, according to the 2020 US News & World Report. The college was named the top liberal arts college in Money magazine in 2019. Linfield is consistently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes commitment to civic engagement and service-learning.

Special features of the college include study-abroad programs in fifteen countries; a one-month January Term for intensive study; and internships and student research opportunities in a variety of disciplines. Half of all Linfield graduates study outside the U.S.; the college pays the airfare for every student's first study-abroad experience.

Linfield is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college is historically affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. and is committed to the principles of academic and religious freedom.

In fall 2020, the college will be renamed Linfield University and will launch a graduate program in nursing, followed by additional master's degree programs.

McMinnville (population 35,000 is located in Oregon's Willamette Valley, known for its wines and other agricultural products. The city is 35 miles southwest of Portland and one hour's drive from Pacific Ocean beaches. Sunset magazine ranked McMinnville as a top-20 "dream town," and Bon Apptit magazine rated the city one of the six "foodiest towns" in the United States. In a state famed for its natural beauty, the location also provides easy access to a variety of outdoor-recreation opportunities.

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