Department Chair, Journalism, College of Communication, Boston University

November 4, 2021
Boston, MA

Boston University’s College of Communication invites applications for a chair of its journalism department. We seek a colleague committed to the highest standards of journalism as well as an interest in the innovations necessary in the digital age.

The Boston University Department of Journalism, is a comprehensive program that offers instruction in all media platforms. The department and the university are committed to fostering a diverse university community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university and is an integral component of institutional excellence.

The successful candidate for chair must have experience in a complex media organization as well as strong experience in and an abiding commitment to promoting an inclusive and diverse educational environment.

The chair should have a record of administrative experience in the industry or in academia. The chair works with other members of the College of Communication’s leadership team to build on the already excellent reputation of the unit and move the department to the forefront of journalism education.

The chair will be appointed at the rank of professor and will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in journalism, and provide leadership for the programs.

This is a non-tenure track appointment. We seek candidates with these qualities:

  • A record of sustained excellence.
  • Eligibility for appointment at the rank of professor at Boston University. See link here.
  • A master’s degree is preferred; a doctorate is desirable but not required.
  • Applicants with bachelor’s degrees and significant professional experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in promoting diversity and inclusion in an organization.


Applications should include a letter of interest, including a statement of teaching philosophy and a vision of journalism’s future and how our program can best prepare journalists.

A CV and the names of three references are also required.

Applications may be sent by mail or – preferably -- by email, with attachments (Word or PDF) to:

Maureen Mahoney
Associate Dean, Administration and Finance
Boston University
College of Communication,
640 Commonwealth Ave.,
Boston, MA 02215.
Email: [email protected]

All inquiries will be confidential. Review of materials will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

Established in 1947, the College of Communication (COM) at Boston University is a large college with departments specializing in Film and Television, Journalism, Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. COM’s student population exceeds 2000 students annually, including undergraduate and Master’s level students. The college integrates a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. Our faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals. Located in the “hub of education” and a major media market, Boston University’s College of Communication offers prospective faculty members a wealth of opportunities for collaborative efforts in academic and professional spheres.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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