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Western Carolina University
  • Position Number: 4328577
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC
  • Position Type: Communications - Broadcast Journalism

Assistant Professor of Practice - Broadcasting - 001237

Western Carolina University

Department: Communication

About WCU: Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 "Americas Best Employers by State" list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of Americas Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC systems westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCUs main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nations most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans - eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.

Position Summary: The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

The Department of Communication at Western Carolina University invites applications for a fixed-term, non-tenure-track professor of practice position with a focus in television production and broadcasting to enhance its academic program in television and digital media beginning Fall 2024.

This position will oversee the technical operation of a high-definition television studio designed and installed by Sony and teach/co-teach a limited number of classes each year providing instruction in television and video technologies and content creation processes. Responsibilities include the circulation and maintenance of field equipment used by students and faculty. Additional duties include advising broadcasting students, engaging in a limited amount scholarship and/or creative activity, and departmental, institutional, and regional service.

This is a 10-month fixed-term appointment. Expected start date is August 2024. Position includes the North Carolina state employee benefit package.

The Department of Communication offers the B.S. Degree in Communication with concentrations in broadcasting, health communication, journalism, and public relations. There are approximately 200 communication majors and minors. The department also offers a minor in communication, a minor in journalism, and serves approximately 1,500 freshmen a year in the liberal studies Foundation of Communication class that is required of all students. The department has a strong interdisciplinary focus, and provides communication courses in conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, television production, intercultural communication, and crisis communication to other university programs including programs in health sciences, social justice, international studies, environmental science, motion picture studies, and emergency and disaster management.
The Department of Communication is known for its engaged teaching and learning, and the department prides itself on its students' involvement in service learning, community engagement, and undergraduate research projects. Applicants are encouraged to visit the WCU website ( and read the university's mission, vision, and core values.

WCU is committed to the Boyer model of scholarship, stewardship of place, integrated learning, and engagement.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this position:

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum qualifications for teaching are B.S. or B.A. in Broadcasting or a related field with documented national or international professional experience in video production or a masters degree with a concentration in broadcasting, communication or other compatible discipline (or a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the broadcast production discipline).

Preferred Qualifications: A PhD or MFA in the teaching discipline is preferred. Expertise in Internet distribution, social media, and new technology are highly desirable.

Position Type: Permanent Full-Time

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered, applicants must apply online. Submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and a list of at least three professional references. Include names, affiliations, email addresses, and telephone numbers. Applicants are encouraged to use their cover letters to address teaching practices. Finalists will be asked to provide official transcripts. The search committee will contact listed references for finalists only. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.For more information:Professor Donald Connelly, search committee chair238 Stillwell1 University DriveWestern Carolina UniversityCullowhee, NC 28723dconnelly@email.wcu.eduPlease, NO phone calls

Western Carolina University 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 or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety
The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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