Adjunct Faculty – Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies

Job no: 497342
Position type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Division/Equivalent: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences
School/Unit: Social Sciences
Department/Office: SS-Media, Film & Jrnl Studies
Categories: Faculty

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This is a general posting that will serve to create a pool of applicants for adjunct faculty openings throughout the 2023-2024 academic year. Should we have an opening and be interested in pursuing your application, we will contact you with specific information.

As the University’s largest and most varied academic unit, the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS) is comprised of artists, learners, performers, scholars, scientists, and teachers across 21+ departments, programs, schools, and centers and acts as a central hub where many of the University’s disciplines intersect. Nearly all 6,000 undergraduates at the University take liberal arts courses with us, and about one-third of these students declare a first major in a CAHSS program. Most of our departments, programs, and schools offer master’s or doctoral programs. CAHSS scholars, artists, instructors, staff, and students collaborate in a shared quest for knowledge about the human condition and the development of skills to improve our local and global communities. The diverse scope of CAHSS allows our students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at nearly any career in today’s global society.

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 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 adjunct faculty for the 2024-2025 academic year. This posting will serve for multiple openings across the department. Undergraduate courses currently taught in the department can be found at  Graduate courses currently taught in the department can be found at Applicants should clearly specify the course(s) they desire to teach and their qualifications for teaching the specific course(s).

Essential Functions

The University operates on a quarter system (10 weeks of classes and a finals week).  Courses are typically 4-credit hours and will be taught on campus/in person in the Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, and/or Spring Quarter of the 2024-2025 AY at the University of Denver.  Adjunct faculty are required to hold office hours, assign and grade coursework as appropriate, assist students, and teach during course sessions as outlined by the course schedule. Course requirements will be outlined by the chair/director of the department. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Background and expertise in media, film, journalism and/or strategic communications/public relations;
  • Ability to teach in person face-to-face coursework in media, film, journalism, and/or strategic communication;
  • Ability to teach introductory level courses in the Common Curriculum;

Required Qualifications 

  • Master's degree, PhD, or appropriate teaching credentials or 5-10 years of professional experience based on the level of the course being taught as outlined by university and college teaching credential policies
  • Ability to teach in person/face-to-face undergraduate and/or graduate class(es)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching college-level courses or equivalent professional experience.
  • Demonstrated record of successful teaching at the collegiate level
  • Background working in culturally diverse setting and with culturally diverse populations

Work Schedule

While the University’s administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University’s academic calendars are posted on the registrar’s website: 

Working Environment

  • Standard Office Environment
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate

Physical Activities

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

Application Deadline

For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) March 1, 2025.

Special Instructions

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

Course Rate

The 2023-2024 academic year adjunct rate is $4772 per four-credit course.

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, available market information, and course enrollment but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status. 

The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. 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
  2. Curriculum Vitae or resume with three reference that can be contacted
  3. 1-page statement of Teaching Philosophy, including commitment to diversity equity and inclusion in the classroom
  4. Teaching evaluations from previous teaching assignments 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, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran 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; the Americans with Disabilities Act; 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; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

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

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