Journalism Instructor, Program Coordinator

Position Information

Position Information

Department Communication
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Job Category Instructional or Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Journalism Instructor, Program Coordinator
Working Title Journalism Instructor, Program Coordinator
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F7741z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7268
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Journalism Instructor and Program Coordinator

The Department of Communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, invites applications for a full-time, 9-month Term Instructor position in Journalism. The initial term of appointment is for one nine-month contract (August 2018 through May 2019) with contract renewal contingent on satisfactory performance. Summer teaching is optional and usually available (contingent on enrollment) at 10% of the academic year salary for one Summer course. Review of applications will begin February 15 and will continue until this position is filled for the Fall 2018 semester. For full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2018.


The selected candidate will teach three journalism courses per semester and will coordinate all journalism offerings, including serving as director for two journalism-related programs (minor in journalism, minor in sport communication). Coordinator duties include monitoring journalism course rotations, selecting and supervising part-time faculty, textbook selection, journalism student advising, outreach, liaising with the Office of Student Media, and other formal service to the department, college and/or University, the nature of which is negotiated with the Department Chair.

Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in communication or related field.
  • Current experience in and familiarity with the Washington, DC metro area media/journalism market.
  • College or university teaching experience.
  • Significant professional journalism experience.

About us:

The Mason Communication Department has a collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation, and social relevance. We offer a broad undergraduate program with approximately 700 majors, a large M.A. program, and a focused Ph.D. program emphasizing health and strategic communication. Additionally, the department supports several co-curricular activities (such as debate, forensics, student newspaper, and a campus radio station), and expects reasonable participation in the life of our community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions, and other scheduled events.
The University enrolls more than 33,000 students in 150-plus degree programs through the doctoral level. George Mason is located in beautiful Fairfax, Virginia, 15 miles from Washington, DC, offering easy access to key health, research, media, political and cultural centers such as the NIH, the NLM, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution. The University is a young, vibrant, and rapidly growing educational institution with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a history of innovation that has attracted a faculty of widely known scholars and teachers and a highly diverse student body.

How to Apply:

To apply online for position # F7741Z, please log on to Click on the Create Application link; check the faculty application box and click go. Create a user name and password and enter. Fill in personal and reference information. Complete the application form and attach relevant documents (cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for three references are required). For more information contact the Search Committee Chair, Tim Gibson, at

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please complete the online application at and attach a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 15, 2018
Posting Date 01/31/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? No
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents