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Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor of Native Americans and the News Media

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is conducting a national search for the country’s first named journalism professorship focused on news coverage and media portrayals of Native Americans.

The Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor of Native Americans and the News Media will serve as a national thought leader in understanding and addressing disparities in news coverage in the region and across the country.

This new position is part of the Cronkite School’s larger effort to improve the quantity, depth, nuance and impact of news coverage of American Indian communities. The SWBI Professor will work with ASU students, faculty, tribal partners and industry groups to more effectively communicate perspectives of American Indians, teach and inspire a new generation of Native journalists and scholars, and shape new narratives for Indigenous communities.

This is the Cronkite School’s fourth faculty position funded by ASU’s Southwest Borderlands Initiative, which aims to strengthen ASU’s scholarly and instructional resources on the Southwest with emphasis on the region and enhancing institutional recruitment and retention efforts toward building a diverse faculty. Other Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professors at Cronkite are Rick Rodriguez, former executive editor and senior vice president of The Sacramento Bee; Vanessa Ruiz, an award-winning bilingual correspondent for national and regional TV news outlets in Miami, Los Angeles and Phoenix, and Fernanda Santos, an award-winning author and former southwest correspondent for The New York Times. Twenty-five additional SWBI professors serve in academic units across ASU.

Institutional Support

The SWBI Professor will join a team of Cronkite faculty and students who are committed to serving American Indian communities. Cronkite News, the student-powered, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS, produces daily, multiplatform coverage of issues affecting American Indians in the Southwest. This content is distributed through Cronkite News broadcast and digital platforms, tribal media and national partners including Indian Country Today and the PBS NewsHour.

Harvard University’s Nieman Reports identified Cronkite News as one of the few organizations providing strong reporting on Indian Country. In June, the Native American Journalists Association awarded Cronkite students eight National Native Media Awards across broadcast, writing and online news categories.

ASU is a nationally recognized leader in Indigenous Studies and transdisciplinary work with American Indian communities. The new SWBI Professor will work with colleagues in existing programs, including the Office of American Indian Initiatives, American Indian Studies, the American Indian Policy Institute, the Center for Indian Education and the Indian Legal Program, to advance these larger efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serving as a national thought leader on issues related to Native Americans and media
  • Conducting use-inspired research related to media representation and portrayals of Native Americans
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate students
  • Performing service to the profession, the academy and Native communities, such as:
    • Growing and mentoring a new generation of Native and non-Native journalists who are passionate about diverse mainstream coverage of American Indians and/or tribal media.
    • Growing and mentoring a community of Native doctoral students and scholars
    • Developing partnerships with industry groups to provide training and further improve coverage of American Indian communities.
    • Working across ASU units and with tribal partners to build, strengthen and enable local capacity.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in journalism or mass communication, or a terminal degree in a related field, and demonstrated interest in the intersection between Native Americans and media.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated record of use-inspired research related to media coverage of Native Americans and/or tribal media
  • Experience working in the news media
  • Experience forging collaborations and partnerships

About the Cronkite School

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier journalism programs. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake — accuracy, responsibility, objectivity, integrity — the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics among students as they master the professional skills they need to succeed in the digital media world of today and tomorrow.

Students are guided by a faculty that is made up of both award-winning professional journalists and world-class media scholars. In recent years, the school has added to its faculty such leading journalists as former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., former BET Vice President Retha Hill, digital media expert Dan Gillmor, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Jacqueline Petchel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sarah Cohen, former Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez, former Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor-in-chief Julia Wallace, award-winning sports columnist Paola Boivin and Knight Foundation journalism innovator Eric Newton.

Located on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus, the Cronkite School leads the way in journalism education with its innovative use of the teaching hospital model, for which it has received international acclaim. The school’s full-immersion professional programs give students opportunities to practice what they’ve learned in intensive real-world settings under the guidance of top-flight professionals and in collaboration with research faculty.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution committed to excellence, access and impact — the New American University. ASU’s charter, adopted in 2014, is the blueprint of that transformation:

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

ASU is redefining the 21st century research university as a knowledge enterprise. Building on a long legacy of excellence, ASU has nearly tripled its research funding over the past decade and is now recognized as one of the fastest-growing large research enterprises in the United States. ASU’s interdisciplinary, solutions-focused approach to research, entrepreneurship and economic development recently earned it the distinction of being named the #1 most innovative school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Application deadline:  03/15/2019 or the first of each month thereafter until the search is closed.

Application materials must include: 1) a current curriculum vita (or resume); 2.) a letter outlining employment history, educational philosophy, scholarly research or creative interests, and a description of how the applicant’s experiences will benefit the Cronkite School’s program; 3.) names, positions and telephone numbers of three academic or professional references.

Submit material to:
Southwest Borderlands Initiative Search Committee
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave. Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Email: CronkiteJobs@asu.edu

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. More detailed information can be found at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.