Assistant Professor, Journalism

CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson, California

Date Posted October 21, 2019
Industry Academia
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Required Education Doctorate
Job Status Full-time
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Assistant Professor of Communications

Journalism Degree Program

College of Arts & Humanities


Position Description


The Department of  Communications at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2020.


At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.


Journalism Degree Program


The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree program is dedicated to high standards in journalistic practices, skills, and specializations with a strong focus on analytical reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving. Through innovated teaching practices, the program provides a broad-based curriculum designed to promote news and information literacy; proficiency in the various journalistic forms and styles; an understanding of the new media landscape; and information dissemination practices through contemporary and emerging media tools. The program is committed to freedom of the press, freedom of expression, freedom of inquiry, and the questioning of dominant institutional practices and ideologies. It encourages dedication to ethical practices including truth, accuracy, fairness, diversity, inclusivity, and independence.


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The Position

Tenure-track faculty in the Journalism program teach three to four courses per semester, engage in scholarly and/or professional activities, and perform service to the department, college, university and the community. This position may require a higher level of service than other tenure-track positions, contingent upon the candidate's highest degree awarded and professional activity work. 


The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Journalism or related field by the time of appointment. We will consider a candidate with a master’s degree who has extensive professional journalism experience. The candidate must be able to teach digital media and journalism courses at the undergraduate level. Further, the ideal candidate will possess the mentoring skills to advise the student newspaper and/or other journalism products, and engage in other extracurricular activities. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to teaching a diverse student population. Therefore, the candidate should demonstrate cultural competence to engage with CSUDH’s diverse and ethnically balanced student population. Cultural competence may be reflected in the candidate’s pedagogy and/or research. The ideal candidate will engage in student advising, service, and professional practice.



The successful candidate will possess the teaching and professional experience needed to teach three to four courses per semester in the Journalism degree program. The candidate will have a record of scholarship within the communications field, particularly in journalism. A candidate who has a master’s and extensive professional journalism experience will be expected to sustain an outstanding and ongoing record of professional journalism activities. Additional duties include advising the student news products, student advising, and significant service at the department, college, and university levels.



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Preferred /Desired Qualifications


Employment Requirement – Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.


How to Apply

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in December, 2019. For full consideration, please submit your completed application no later than November 30, 2019.

Register your online application at New & Returning Applicants at and submit the following in a single pdf file:


For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

Applicants that are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified by the Search Committee when to submit their (3) three letters of recommendation directly to the email address of or you may mail directly to:

Dr. Ana X. de la Serna

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, (LIB5079)

Carson, CA  90747


CSU Dominguez Hills

On April 29, 1960, Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Sr. signed a bill into law authorizing the formation of a state college to serve the growing southwestern region of Los Angeles County.  From its humble beginnings in a bank building in Rolling Hills Estates, CSUDH has evolved into a thriving and nationally recognized comprehensive university, providing an innovative liberal arts education to a diverse student body.

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Mission Statement

CSUDH provides education, scholarship, and service that are, by design, accessible, and transformative. We welcome students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the work of today and tomorrow.



A vital educational and economic resource for the South Bay, CSUDH will be recognized as a top-performing Comprehensive Model Urban University in America.  We will be known as a campus community and gathering place where:


About the University

CSUDH holds the Carnegie classification of Master’s L and is a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution.  Class sizes are small as compared with large research universities and classes are taught by the faculty, not by teaching assistants.  Many of the university’s students are the first in their families to earn a university degree.  While the university enrolls traditional full-time students, many students enroll part-time and attend late afternoon, evening, and weekend classes because of work and family responsibilities.

CSUDH offers 45 undergraduate majors, 22 master’s degrees, and several certificate and credential programs.  Enrollment exceeds 15,100 students, and the student population is among the most ethnically and culturally rich in the nation: 64.3% Hispanic/Latino, 13.4% Black/African-American, 8.5% White, 10.2% Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.1% American Indian, and 3.1% two or more races. Immigrant and visa students on our campus represent 100 countries.

The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the accrediting body for institutions of higher learning in the West.  In the 2018 WASC Educational Effectiveness Review, CSUDH was reaffirmed for a full 10 years. Twelve programs hold accreditations from national professional associations:   business administration, clinical sciences, computer science, education, health science, music, nursing, occupational therapy, public administration, special education, theatre arts, and social work.

The academic programs of the university are organized under the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Public Policy, Extended and International Education, Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Education, and Health, Human Services, and Nursing.  While continuing to emphasize the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate level, developed to serve the region’s workforce needs, are of great interest to students and prepare them for professions in a variety of industries.



A tradition of teaching excellence lies at the heart of the university experience for Dominguez Hills’ students.  Most of the faculty have earned doctoral degrees from prestigious universities across the nation.  The faculty strives to sustain a dynamic teaching and learning environment in a multicultural setting.  The Academic Senate provides a forum for faculty, administration, students, and others to be represented and consulted regarding such vital issues as budget priorities, academic standards, curriculum and instruction, and student affairs.


Student Life

At CSUDH, there’s more to student life than the classroom.  The university offers a dynamic, interactive, and enriching community of learners, teachers, and peers sharing diverse points of view.  There are multitudes of ways for students to pursue interests, get involved, and get the most from their academic experience.

An office of student life enhances student development by coordinating a variety of co-curricular activities, including 60 student organizations.  Students are encouraged to perform community service and participate in leadership development.  The Multicultural Center on campus promotes the exploration of diverse heritages, values, and cultural experiences by offering a wide range of activities and programs throughout the academic year.

CSUDH is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution that competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).  CSU Dominguez Hills is one of the most athletically competitive and honored schools in the CCAA, with 23 conference titles and four national championships to date, including the 2008 NCAA D-II Men’s Soccer National Championship.  CSU Dominguez Hills sponsors 11 intercollegiate athletic teams.


The Location

The university is located in Carson, California, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.  Its 346-acre park-like campus is situated in the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest Spanish land grant in the Los Angeles area.  The site remained in the continuous possession of the Dominguez family for seven generations - from its inception in 1794 to its acquisition by the state of California. For more information see:


The Region

The South Bay is one of the most culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse areas in the United States, with a largely even distribution of the population with African, Asian/Pacific Islander, European, and Latino ancestry.  The university is located in the city of Carson, a city of 93,000 residents and one of the many municipalities that border the city of Los Angeles.  Cultural, performance and sports venues in downtown Los Angeles are about 15 minutes away, and the South Bay beach communities are a few minutes away to the west and south.  The Dignity Health Sports Park, a 125-acre sports center developed by AEG and home to LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Chargers, is located on the CSUDH campus.

The campus is strategically located in the heart of a major technological, industrial, and transportation complex in Southern California.  This area includes the massive Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles – Southern California’s gateway to international commerce.  The South Bay region is also home to aerospace, oil refinery, healthcare, and automotive industries.


Employee Benefits

CSUDH offers a comprehensive and attractive benefits program to its employees.  Further information on benefits offered can be found at


Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at, or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

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