Wolzien Visiting Professor of the Practice for Research Based Communication

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies (MFJS) in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Denver offers students a robust understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society.  With its emphasis on developing strong communication skills across various platforms and its grounding in the critical evaluation of media practices, the department’s offerings prepare students for the pursuit of excellence in the constantly evolving media, film, strategic communication, and journalism professions.  The Department offers undergraduates degrees in film studies and production, journalism studies, media studies, and strategic communication (public relations).  At the graduate level, the Department offers a Master of Arts in media and public communication (strategic communication or media and globalization emphasis) and a Master of Arts in international and intercultural communication.

Position Summary

The Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies invites applications for a six-month appointment as the Wolzien Visiting Professor of the Practice in Research Informed Communication. The person hired in this position will teach three courses over two quarters (January to June) at the University of Denver. The department seeks an accomplished journalist, filmmaker, strategic communication professional, or a distinguished faculty member from a nationally known university program in media, film, strategic communication, or journalism who has broad professional experience in research-based communication. The candidate should possess national/international experience and an understanding of technical and conceptual issues facing media.

Also critical is a commitment to championing inclusion, diversity, access, innovation, research, and public engagement. Professionals from a range of backgrounds with practical knowledge of researched based public communication are encouraged to apply. Typically, the Visiting Professor would be expected to take a leave from their daily work duties and devote themselves to teaching, mentoring, and being involved in the DU community. However, applicants who have ongoing “projects” involving film, journalism, or other professional work that would inform their teaching and who would be willing to involve students in their projects are strongly encouraged to apply.  

The successful candidate will teach three face-to-face in person courses over two quarters during the 2022-2023 academic year. Two courses will be in their area of specialty and will be delivered to MFJS majors (e.g., Visual Journalism; Documentary Film Making; Strategic Communication Seminar; Advanced Multimedia Story Telling, etc.); and one general course will be open to undergraduates from across the University and will focus on the collection, analysis, and presentation of information to a range of audiences.

The Visiting Professor will interact with MFJS undergraduate and graduate students through critiques of student work, guest visits to classes, and by serving as a career mentor to students. In addition, the Visiting Professor will be expected to supervise student experiential learning projects involving research informed communication in their courses. The Visiting Professor will also give two public lectures, one per quarter, either focusing on their work, the state of their industry, or another important topic related to their area of expertise. They will also interact with university faculty from other disciplines and may guest lecture in other units, as determined by their areas of expertise. Prior teaching experience at the college level is not required. The Visiting Professor fund will cover the costs of a graduate assistant with the necessary experience to help with teaching and/or research for the duration of this position at DU. The expectation is that the successful candidate will keep travel to a minimum, spending the bulk of their time in residence at DU. Visiting Professors are considered full-time faculty who are on campus most of the time, attend faculty gatherings, attend University events, and participate in intellectual and social life at DU.  

Essential Functions

  • Teach three in person courses
  • Deliver two public lectures
  • Interact with DU students, faculty, and staff

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student and community populations

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and extensive professional experience
  • Ability to teach 3 courses over 2 quarters during the Winter and Spring Quarters of the 2023-2024 academic year

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD/MFA/MA and significant professional experience

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20lbs.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on February 1, 2023. 

Special Instructions 

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range

The salary range for the position is $50,000-60,000

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of Interest that describes teaching interests and other qualifications, including a statement about the significance of the candidate’s work
  2. Curriculum Vitae/resume
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Sample courses the candidate could teach to MFJS students, and a “research-based communication” course open to non-majors
  5. Names and contact information for three references that the committee can contact
  6. Diversity statement outlining the candidate’s commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment
  7. Previous teaching evaluations (if available)

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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