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Company: Northern Arizona University School of Communication
Photojournalism/Documentary Studies, Lecturer/Asst. Professor of Practice
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
April 18, 2013
Job ID: 1476255


Special Information

 This is a one academic year contract beginning mid-August 2013 through mid-May 2014 to be hired at either the Lecturer or Assistant Professor of Practice level.

Job Description

The School of Communication at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a one-year full-time Lecturer or a one-year full- time Assistant Professor of Practice who has both professional experience and a background in current multimedia applications and techniques for photojournalism/documentary work. The candidate must have training and experience in the practices and methods of photojournalism, multimedia production, and postproduction skills, and an affinity for documentary studies.

This position contributes to our existing undergraduate curriculum in photojournalism (including audio slideshow production and editing, as well as possible classes and/or hands-on lab instruction multimedia production using DSLR video). School of Communication lecturers typically teach four courses per semester; have responsibilities in advising and mentoring; and contribute service to the School, University, and the discipline.  An Assistant Professor of Practice would have a 4/3 teaching load, to maintain a creative research agenda, plus responsibilities in advising and mentoring and contributing service to the School, University and the discipline. This position begins August 2013.


Minimum Qualifications

Lecturer candidates must have:

Master's degree completed by Aug. 15, 2013
One year of full-time teaching experience
Three years of professional experience in photojournalism and/or documentary work

Assistant Professor of Practice candidates must have:

Bachelor’s degree
One year of full-time teaching experience
Eight years of professional experience in photojournalism and/or documentary work


Preferred Qualifications


Preferred for either the Lecturer position or the Assistant Professor of Practice position:

·         MA in Journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism or MFA in photography or closely related field to photojournalism and documentary studies.

·         DSLR Video and audio journalism/multimedia experience.

·         College or university level teaching experience in subject area.

·         Extensive professional experience in photojournalism and/or documentary work.

·         Demonstrable proficiency in Mac OS and Adobe Creative Suite software, including Adobe Lightroom.

·         Proficiency in visual/audio editing software, such as Final Cut X.

·         Experience working with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds

·         Successful candidates will have college or university level teaching experience and education to contribute broadly to our undergraduate photojournalism/documentary studies, journalism, and multimedia.


In addition to the above, other preferred qualifications for the Assistant Professor of Practice are:

·         A national reputation in photojournalism and/or documentary work

·         A current creative research agenda



General Information (This section includes information about the University or the specific department or program, and background checking requirements.  All job duties should be included in the Job Description section)


             The School of Communication is located in a $14.5 million state-of-the-art facility that includes five computer labs, digital imaging labs, a student media complex, editing bays, television broadcast studios and modern electronic classrooms and seminar rooms.  Please visit our website:


             Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 25,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at over 30 sites across the state.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success.  All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

            While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

            Flagstaff has a population of about 65,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

            With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.


Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.



Salary is $43,000-45,000 for a Lecturer and $48,000-$49,000 for an Assistant Professor of Practice, depending on experience.

Application Deadline

This position will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on 4/5/13.

Application Procedure


Please e-mail the following application materials to, with the subject line in this format:

       “(Your last name) PJDS application”:


·         A detailed letter of application explaining your interest in the position, and providing details regarding how you meet minimum and preferred qualifications, as well as your teaching philosophy for photojournalism and documentary studies. In addition,

·         Current Vita

·         List of five references including current phone numbers and e-mail addresses

·         For your portfolio, submit approximately 40 images and of recent work on a website, and any video work available should be posted online, as well ( preferred for video). Images must be formatted as jpegs and be no larger than 1200 pixels in any one dimension at 72 dpi.


The committee may request additional information at a later date.


Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. 

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