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Non-Tenure Track Lecturer in Public Media

Employer
University of Vermont
Location
Winooski, VT
Closing date
Apr 8, 2024

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Other
Organization Type
Corporate
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The University of Vermont's College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, 9-month, 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) faculty member with professional expertise in the fields of public media and journalism. The successful candidate will join our award-winning faculty in the Department of English at the rank of lecturer. Summer work (compensated by additional salary) is expected. The position will start in the Summer of 2024.

This faculty member will guide the College's new partnership with Vermont Public (a community-supported media organization that provides both radio and television programing), teach media classes, mentor the next generation of fearless and ethical journalists, and serve as a point-person with UVM for a new Vermont Public/UVM collaboration. The position has initial funding for four years.

The successful candidate will teach discipline-specific courses that complement current offerings in UVM's Reporting & Documentary Storytelling minor as well as serve as the administrative leader of a collaborative internship program at Vermont Public. This position will consist approximately of 50% teaching and 50% duties associated with running the collaborative internship program.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate will
• Hold a master's degree or higher in journalism or a related field.
• Have at least 5 years' journalism experience, including writing, editing, and managing staff in a digital/audio media environment.
• Have a proven track record of producing quality content.
• Have familiarity with audio/podcast equipment, production, and editing software (including Adobe Audition).
• Have a deep, applied understanding of how to use visual and audio journalism, digital video, and social media to enhance journalistic storytelling.
• Have a deep understanding of the institutional and administrative complexities of a multilayered media organization.

Teaching Responsibilities:
• Teach 1 course per semester focused on media studies in accordance with the needs of the Reporting & Documentary Storytelling minor. Exact content will depend on faculty research, interests, or specific areas of expertise.
• Teach 1 professionally oriented course per semester, designed to award academic credit through curated work experiences and meaningful reflection exercises, for interns working with Vermont Public.

Administrative Responsibilities:
• Direct, edit, and produce Vermont Public stories and products generated by students at UVM.
• Serve as the primary editor of student work at Vermont Public and help (in conjunction with Vermont Public staff) manage its publication.
• Collaborate on story idea generation with the Vermont Public editorial team.
• Supervise student-related, semester-long projects as well as longer-term projects that require continuity across semesters.
• Liaise and consult regularly (through in-person and remote meetings) with Vermont Public staff from across the organization who have been designated as partners in this program.
• Work, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences Internship and Experiential Learning Office, to recruit intern applicants and promote the UVM/VP partnership on campus.
• Work with relevant Vermont Public staff to review applications and select interns.
• Champion within UVM the range of opportunities for students in this collaboration, which include video, audio, writing, business development, fundraising, and marketing.
• Consult regularly with the student media advisor to determine if students working at UVMtv, the Cynic, and WRUV might benefit from an internship in this program or produce work that might be presented through Vermont Public.

Application Process:
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

Please apply online at www.uvmjobs.com.

Anticipated start date is July 1, 2024

Applicants are asked to include:
• a curriculum vitae (CV)
• a statement of teaching philosophy
• a statement regarding dedication to providing quality experiential learning and job-based training to emerging professionals
• an inclusive excellence statement (see below)
• contact information for three professional references.

The reference providers will be emailed information to upload their letters.

For more information about the position, please contact Associate Dean for Student Success, Paul Deslandes, at paul.deslandes@uvm.edu

The University
Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is considered a public-ivy and consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a land-grant research institution. UVM's tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.

The College

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), students experience the connectedness and accessibility of a small liberal arts college within a high caliber public research institution. Whether students are pursuing the Fine Arts, the Humanities, Natural Science and Mathematics or Social Sciences, they have a place here, in the College of Arts and Sciences' academic ecosystem.

The College of Arts and Sciences highly values the excellence that results when people from different backgrounds and perspectives work, interact, and learn together. In this way, commitment to diversity fosters our educational mission. For our students, it prepares them for life and work ahead: it recognizes that we are a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse nation, one that is also situated in an increasingly global environment. For our faculty, scholarship and research are increasingly cooperative activities-often crossing national borders-requiring the abilities and skills to work with others often from very different backgrounds. For both our students and faculty, diversity enhances our curriculum, enriches the classroom experience, and fosters the exchange of ideas. As our society, economy, politics, and global interactions become increasingly diverse, so too must our intellectual community of students, faculty, and staff.

The Department
While much of the work related to this position will be College of Arts and Sciences-wide, the Lecturer in Public Media's faculty appointment will reside in the Department of English. UVM's English department was founded in 1837 and is said to be the oldest English department in the country. We offer an undergraduate major in English, and minors in English, Writing, and Reporting and Documentary Storytelling, and we work closely with colleagues in Film & Television Studies to offer additional multi-disciplinary options for our students. Other features of our campus life include a Painted Word poetry series, environmental humanities lectures, visits by documentary filmmakers, and talks and readings by pivotal contemporary writers including Chris Abani, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Kelly Link, Sharon Olds, and Ross Gay.

The Community
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.

Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at the University of Vermont. In fact, UVM holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. Read UVM's Why Diversity Statement and Our Common Ground values. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

UVM is especially interested in scholars who can contribute to the College of Arts and Sciences diversity plan, which was designed in part to ensure faculty, students, and staff members from underrepresented and marginalized populations are an integral part of the life and governance of the institution. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Burlington, Vermont is located in the beautiful Lake Champlain region, surrounded by the Green and Adirondack Mountains. It is a great place for families, with excellent public schools and year-round recreational opportunities. It is home to the University of Vermont and three independent colleges that provide an academically stimulating and culturally rich environment. Montreal, Canada and Boston are within easy driving distances.

Job Open Date:
10/20/2023
Posting Number:
F2840PO
Department:
English/52150
Advertising/Posting Title:
Non-Tenure Track Lecturer in Public Media
FLSA:
Exempt
Position Number:
015277
Employee FTE:
1.0
Employee Term (months):
9

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