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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Applicants sought for Ross Beach Chair

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications seeks to fill The Ross Beach Chair for Mass Communications with a starting date of August 2015. The Ross Beach Chair is a leader in teaching and research in the area of electronic media. The position will be at the rank of associate or full professor. The permanent, nine-month per year position carries research and teaching responsibilities to be negotiated. 


  1. Expand learning experiences for undergraduates in the School by developing and delivering an innovative course in the area of electronic media and mass communications that provides a model for advancing in-class pedagogy
  2. Raise the profile of the School’s research status through publication and presentation of research relating to some aspect of electronic media and mass communications
  3. Engage undergraduate students in research opportunities, teach, serve as student adviser, and serve the interests of graduate students through teaching and thesis research support
  4. Secure external funding for research and teaching
  5. Serve on departmental, college, and university committees and/or provide service activities at the local, state, national, and/or international levels

Required Qualifications

  1. Earned doctorate in mass communication or aligned field
  2. Demonstrated excellence in engaged teaching at the university level
  3. Demonstrated record of accomplishment in performing innovative research and scholarly activity in the field of electronic media and mass communications
  4. Direct evidence of potential to secure external funding for research in the area of electronic media and/or mass communications
  5. Evidence of commitment to engaged pedagogies such as applied learning, service learning, internships or undergraduate research 
  6. Evidence of a strong commitment to equity and an ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  7. Career experience and accomplishment consistent with the rank of associate or full professor at a peer institution

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Relevant industry experience
  2. Record of externally funded research and grant-writing abilities
  3. Record of research collaboration
  4. Demonstrated interest in new media’s role in global communication
  5. Evidence of engagement with new and developing communication technologies and media platforms 
  6. Experience engaging graduate students in learning and research through teaching, advising and/or collaboration

Allocation of responsibilities, salary, and internal funding are negotiable contingent upon qualifications

Review of applications will renew February 1, 2015.  The search will remain open until filled. Qualified candidates should submit the following documents: a cover letter describing how the candidate’s educational background and professional experiences meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position, a statement of pedagogical philosophy, a statement of research interests, a curriculum vita, up to four selected examples of documentation (such as publications, class materials or electronic resources), and names and contact information of three people who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications. Electronic applications can be submitted to jmcjobs@k-state.edu.  PDF files preferred.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Joye Gordon, search committee chair, at gordon@ksu.edu

Kansas State University is a comprehensive, land grant university with an international reputation for excellence in research, undergraduate, and graduate on-campus and distance education, extension, and outreach. The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, extension, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. The University embraces diversity, encourages engagement, and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life of those served. The University develops human potential, expands knowledge, enriches cultural expression, and extends its expertise to individuals, businesses, education, and government. The University has a student enrollment of more than 25,000, including 3,300 graduate students, nine colleges on three campuses located in Manhattan, Olathe, and Salina, Kansas. Students represent all 50 states and more than 90 countries. Kansas State University offers more than 250 undergraduate majors and options, 65 master’s degrees, 45 doctoral degrees, and 22 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines across the three campuses.

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.  A background check is required.