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Term Instructor, Data Journalism

Job Summary

The School of Communication at American University invites applications for a term faculty appointment in the Journalism Division beginning August 29, 2022. The School of Communication seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion of those historically underrepresented individuals in higher education. Women, underrepresented individuals and people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should have five years or more of professional journalism experience. College teaching experience is preferred. A master’s degree is required. Instructors must have experience in contemporary journalism practices in data journalism, including proficiency in newsroom tools such as R and/or Python, and be able to teach basic reporting skills courses as well as media studies courses. Candidates should have a portfolio of work to show data journalism skills. All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.

Candidates will be evaluated on these competencies:
● Collaborative work: Examples of working in newsrooms or academia that showcase partnerships or working across disciplines.
● Leadership: High-level professional positions that show public outreach.
● Hands-on skills sets: in data journalism, such as proficiency in Python, R, Excel; additional skills in visual programming language is a plus.
● Diverse coverage areas: Examples of work that embrace reporting on undercovered communities; the value of diversity, equity and inclusion.
● Teaching experience: Teaching experience at the college level, including adjunct, guest lectures and other related work such as heading up workshops or training are all.
● Comfort level in a student-focused environment: Faculty mentor and support students in their path into the industry.
● Additional opportunities: Desire to work with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, our nonprofit, independent newsroom, on data-related projects.

Salary is competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval. Please submit applications via: Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations, and recent published papers as well as a statement of past and/or future contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service. Please contact Aisha Green, Faculty Coordinator, 202-885-2133 or if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit Learn more about the School of Communication at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.


Organization: American University School of Communication
Location: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW US
Date Posted: October 1, 2021
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