Fairfield University, Assistant Professor of Digital Journalism and Writing

About Fairfield University :

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT.  The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The School of Nursing, and The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.  All schools of the university are committed to a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging interdisciplinary learning and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

The English Department at Fairfield University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2016.  We welcome candidates prepared to contribute to an exciting new major in Digital Journalism, situated in a multi-disciplinary English department with thriving undergraduate concentrations in writing and literary studies and an MFA program in Creative Writing. 

The successful candidate will teach a 3-3 load in the general education core, including freshman composition, introductory journalism courses such as News Writing, plus advanced courses in areas of specialization. The successful candidate also will have opportunities to teach at the graduate level and in such interdisciplinary programs as American Studies, Applied Ethics, Black Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


A Ph.D. in a relevant academic field is required; ABD candidates will be considered if they will have a degree in hand by September 1, 2016.  Desired areas of specialization include digital storytelling and cross-platform journalism that could aid all English majors. Secondary interests in literary journalism, digital rhetorics, using social media as a research tool, semantic web analysis, and the rhetoric of web design are desirable.

A demonstrated record of successful teaching at the undergraduate level is required, as well as a commitment to innovation and demonstrated excellence in using technology in the classroom. The ideal candidate will have both academic and practical background related to digital journalism and writing. Applicants are expected to have an active research agenda in a relevant area. There also is an expectation of all full-time faculty performing in a Service role at the university.

Additional Information:

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of other historically underrepresented groups. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

Salary and benefits are competitive.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2015.

Upon clicking "Apply Now," applicants should be prepared to upload the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three references
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of research plans

The statement of teaching philosophy and statement of research plans should be named with the applicant's last name followed by a description of the document.  Example:  Sue Smith's documents would be named "Smith Teaching Philosophy.doc" and "Smith Statement of Research Plans.doc".