Ast Inst/Inst/Ast Professor – Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Ast Inst/Inst/Ast Professor – Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

Ast Inst/Inst/Ast Professor – Fixed Term

Position Summary

The School of Journalism at Michigan State University is seeking dynamic and engaging candidates for part-time faculty positions to teach online and campus courses in journalism and digital storytelling. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated professional expertise in one or more areas listed, as well as teaching experience. 

Teaching responsibilities may include one or more courses in any of the School’s concentration areas and minors, which include: 

  • Animation and Comics Storytelling 

  • Audio Storytelling 
  • Broadcast Journalism 

  • Documentary Production 

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

  • Environment, Science and Health 

  • Filmmaking 

  • Information Graphics 

  • International Reporting 

  • Media Design 

  • Media Relations 

  • Multicam Production/Television 

  • Photojournalism/Media Photography 

  • Public Relations 

  • Sports Journalism 

  • Writing, Reporting, and Editing 


Review of applicants in this pool is ongoing and continuous. The roster of open courses changes from semester to semester, and it is possible at times there are no open positions. 

Initial appointments are for one semester or one year, depending on the course structure, but may be renewed based on funding and performance. Position’s rank will be at the level of assistant instructor, instructor, or assistant professor. Degree requirements differ depending on rank: Bachelor’s degree is required for assistant instructor, master’s degree is required for instructor, and PhD is required for assistant professor.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Journalism and Mass Communication or related field

Minimum Requirements

  • Degree requirements differ depending on rank: Bachelor’s degree is required for assistant instructor, master’s degree is required for instructor, and PhD is required for assistant professor 

  • Demonstrable skills in areas related to course content 


Desired Qualifications

  • Previous teaching experience is valued 

  • At least five years of industry experience in journalism, media production or a related field 

  • Recognized or award-winning achievements in related areas of practice 

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit electronically: 

  1. a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, 

  1. a CV, and 

  1. the names and contact information of three references 

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Interested candidates should apply via the MSU job application website at For more information, contact the chair of the search committee, Jeremy Steele, at [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed as needed.

Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.



Department Statement

The School of Journalism at Michigan State University is more than a century old but has crafted a reputation for innovation and creativity. Our ACEJMC-accredited program has two undergraduate majors (Journalism and Digital Storytelling, each with multiple concentrations and minors), a master’s program, and a shared doctoral program. More than 30 award-winning faculty serve nearly 500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. The J-School houses a state-of-the-art newsroom, the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and the new Center for Journalism Studies. 

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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