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Assistant Professor: Media Law and Ethics

The Journalism Department in the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly seeks applications for a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track position to begin September 13, 2018.

Primary duties include teaching media law and ethics. Depending on background and preparation, the successful candidate also will teach and develop courses in one or more of the following areas of the journalism curriculum: global communication, media and society, news reporting and writing, multimedia journalism, data journalism, or emerging technologies. The typical teaching load is 12 units per quarter, with correspondingly reasonable research/scholarship and service expectations and with a significant reduction in course load in the first one to two years to help establish an active program of research and professional development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The ideal candidate will have a combination of education, legal preparation, professional news media experience, and university-level teaching experience. Proficiency with current multimedia editing programs such as Adobe Creative Cloud and digital publishing programs is desirable.


San Luis Obispo




We are seeking applicants with an earned doctorate in journalism, mass communication or media-related field; or a juris doctorate. We will also consider candidates nearing completion of the doctorate or outstanding candidates with a master’s degree and significant professional media experience, including practical knowledge and application of media law. Currency in First Amendment, intellectual property/copyright, privacy/surveillance and Internet law issues is required. Facility with multiple media platforms is preferred. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence and scholarly/creative activity at the university level.


Deadline: September 15, 2017

To Apply: Interested applicants should complete the online faculty application at, submit it to Requisition #104539, and upload required materials. Completed application received by September 15, 2017 will receive full consideration. Review will continue until the position is filled.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal in their teaching and scholarly work are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in these areas. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with students, staff and faculty from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.