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Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economics/Managerial Journalism

Job ID: 69394
Job Views: 970
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Postal Code: 38152
Job Category: Academia
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Competitive per year
Posted: 07.13.2023

Job Description

The University of Memphis Department of Journalism & Strategic Media invites applications for the full-time, nine-month Helen and Jabie Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economics/Managerial Journalism to begin in January 2024. The accomplishments of candidates for this position must reflect their commitment to working with an inclusive student population and their ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural academic goals of the university.
The ideal candidate will have robust professional experience in the journalism industry with a reputation as a leader. Experience may include reporting, editing, management, opinion writing, investigation, public service, or other areas in the newsroom. Candidate experience can include work in print, broadcast, cable, or online settings. Evidence of success, such as winning awards or supervising winners of awards, should be noted in the application. The Chair of Excellence brings high visibility to the university, and thus, should demonstrate a dynamic profile in their work.
The successful candidate will become an active member of the faculty in Journalism & Strategic Media and will participate in the broader faculty governance of the university. The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses based on the candidate’s area of expertise and department needs, with two courses taught in both the fall and spring semesters. The Chair of Excellence is expected to maintain an active involvement with the Memphis community, including the civic community, the journalism community, and the university community. The Chair of Excellence engages the public as a media and journalism expert and as a source for local news outlets. The Chair of Excellence also serves as a key collaborator with the university’s Institute for Public Service Reporting, including service on its editorial advisory board and support of its staff.
The position offers relocation support and a three-year, renewable contract.
Screening will begin September 1, 2023, and may continue until the position is filled. The successful applicant will join the faculty preferably January 2024 but no later than August 2024. Applicants should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references at
If you have questions, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Matt Haught, 901-678-4521 or
University of Memphis Department of Journalism & Strategic Media
UofM has a dynamic, ACEJMC-accredited program that works hard to offer our students cutting-edge knowledge and skills for the changing industry landscape, while retaining a strong focus on core professional values. Undergraduate programs include Advertising, Creative Mass Media, Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Media and Strategic Social Media. In 1995, Memphis pioneered the first online journalism/mass communication master’s program in the nation and continues to offer its M.A. and journalism and public relations B.A. degrees online as well as on campus. It boasts robust student media operation, a social media lab and an international exchange program in Germany. Journalism & Strategic Media is one of six departments in the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
University of Memphis
University of Memphis is a Carnegie R1 classified university and positions itself as an urban research university. UofM is a public university governed by an independent board of trustees and enrolls more than 23,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. UofM offers multiple programs fully online through UofM Global. The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We urge all qualified applicants to apply for this position. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status.
Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is a dynamic metropolis of more than 1.3 million people and has a noteworthy place in the history of American music as the home of the Blues and the birthplace of rock ’n‘ roll. It’s a vibrant, culturally diverse city with a rich history and a promising future. With the intersection of major railroads, highways and the world’s largest cargo airport, Memphis is the hub of logistics for the United States. It’s home to three Fortune 500 companies, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a vibrant medical research community, the National Civil Rights Museum, the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, and the PGA’s FedEx St. Jude Championship. Memphis has a prominent food and restaurant culture including more than 100 barbecue spots alongside James Beard Award-nominated chefs and restaurants.

Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication or a related field.
  • 10 years of work in the media industry, including in leadership positions. 
Preferred qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in journalism/mass communication or a related field.
  • 15 years of work in the media industry, including in leadership positions.
  • Teaching experience at the university level.
  • Evidence of community engagement and involvement.

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