Job posting:

The School of Journalism & Mass Communication seeks a full-time instructional academic staff member to teach a full load of courses, which is currently three courses per semester, focused on video storytelling in journalism, strategic communication or a combination of the two. The School is a dynamic program focused on helping students build exceptional skills and critical thinking abilities through hands-on experiences and close collaboration with instructors. Known widely for its curricular innovations and leading-edge scholars and teachers, the School is searching for a colleague who will bring fresh ideas and a commitment to outstanding learning outcomes.

A successful candidate will teach undergraduate and professional master’s students in 200-, 300- and 400-level professional skills courses in journalism, strategic communication (public relations and advertising) and classes that cover the two fields. This person would help students develop multimedia skills and knowledge of journalistic and strategic communication writing styles, with an emphasis on video and audio storytelling, and creating an inclusive and equitable climate in their classroom. The course assignments would be at the discretion of the School’s Timetable Committee and the director. Potential courses would include video and audio-centric courses such as J425: Video Journalism, which produces The Badger Report, an award-winning newscast reported, written, produced, recorded, produced and edited by students in the class each week (watch at; J456: Long-Form Video; J457: and Storytelling Through Sound (podcasting); as well as other courses in our undergraduate major including (but not limited to): J202: Mass Communication Practices; J335: Principles and Practices of Reporting; J345: Principles and Practices of Strategic Communication; and special topics in advanced video concepts and skills (such as video for social media, video for audience engagement, video for persuasion, corporate video production and investigative video storytelling). Successful candidates may contribute to developing assignments and assessments for video- and audio-related assignments in other courses, as well as new courses in face-to-face and/or in an online format in strategic communication, and video, audio and multimedia journalism. (For more information on our course offerings, visit This person would also be responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and updating equipment needs.

This is a benefits eligible position.


  • Facilitates classroom, online, and/or laboratory instruction and assists with instructional development and design for a single course or series of courses within an academic discipline to support the delivery of quality instruction. Provides for-credit instruction in formats such as classroom, online and/or laboratory settings, including grading. Serves as an instructor of record.
  • 80% Facilitates classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction for one or more courses, including assessment of student performance
  • 10% Develops instructional design and curriculum relevant to a course of instruction
  • 10% Serves as an initial point of contact for students as it relates to specific course or series content and expectations

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  • Required
  • Master’s Degree
  • Or equivalent in journalism and mass communication or a related field.


  • A minimum of three years of work experience is required, five years is preferred; the work should be in a communication-related field (journalism, advertising, public relations, corporate or campaign communications, or market research) where the candidate engaged in video storytelling.
  • Experience required in the basics of professional communication standards/principles/practices, such as journalistic writing styles, analyzing/interpreting marketing data, writing advertising copy, etc.
  • Prior experience coaching or mentoring employees or teaching is preferred but not required.

Covid-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

  • Full Time: 100%
  • It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

  • Ongoing/Renewable


  • Negotiable
  • ACADEMIC (9 months)

Additional Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to one of the oldest schools of journalism and mass communication in the United States. The School, as a department within the College of Letters and Science, is part of one of the nation’s finest public universities and enjoys intellectual resources, teaching and research laboratories, and various sources of research support. W-Madison ranks among the top five for communication and media studies in the U.S., and top 10 in the world. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers leading doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate programs.

The School houses the Center for Communications and Democracy, the Center for Journalism Ethics, the Mass Communications Research Center, and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. SJMC faculty run several working research labs, including the Physiology and Communication Effects Lab and the Video Game Research Lab. UW-Madison is known for its interdisciplinary, international character, something that is evident through the many affiliations our faculty maintain with other units on campus as well as collaborations around the world.

Please click on the “Apply Now” button to start the application process.

For questions on the position, contact: Stacy Forster, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 608-263-3069, Email:

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, one professionally relevant sample (a link to a video reel is preferred, applicants may also provide a writing sample and attach a PDF with a relevant link if necessary), and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Stacy Forster
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title: Lecturer(TL020)


Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number: 252942-AS

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