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The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota is part of the College of Liberal Arts and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. Founded in 1922, the School has been ranked in several national surveys as among the foremost journalism schools in the United States.

The Hubbard School is ideally situated in one of the nation’s most dynamic and creative metropolitan regions. The Twin Cities region is home to major media institutions, strategic communication (advertising, public relations, interactive/digital communication) firms, and Fortune 500 companies. This allows the Hubbard School to forge innovative partnerships and collaborations between industry and the academy in both research and teaching. The Hubbard School is also strongly committed to community engagement and advancing an understanding of cultural and individual diversity in society (e.g., diversity related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status).

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Journalism

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication within the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a 9-month (AY24-25 August-May) position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Journalism, with an appointment in the Minnesota Journalism Center, beginning Fall 2024 (start date: 8/26/2024). This is a 100%-time appointment as a postdoctoral associate (Job Code 9546).
About the Position
At the University of Minnesota, postdoctoral associates are academic employees who conduct research, teach, or provide service that enhances career skills or allows for opportunities to learn new research or teaching techniques. They are trained by and work with a faculty mentor who collaboratively determines the training agenda. The goal of this position is to provide the candidate with advanced training in research and engagement associated with the Minnesota Journalism Center. Candidates will also have opportunities to join, learn from, and contribute to the broader mission of the Minnesota Journalism Center. Candidates who have research trajectories that align with current faculty research is a plus. The identified mentor for this postdoctoral associate is Dr. Benjamin Toff, who will also help the postdoctoral fellow position their teaching and research for future opportunities. 

Participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research studies: 50%
+ The candidate will lead research development activities, as determined in consultation with a faculty mentor. Specifically the candidate will work on two projects: one studying the effectiveness of local news interventions designed to mitigate and reverse distrust and news avoidance among segments of the public and the second an ongoing study examining changes in the supply of information providers statewide. The postdoc will work with Dr. Benjamin Toff and other collaborators at the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School and Minnesota Journalism Center.

Project management around data collection, engagement with local news organizations, and evaluation of data: 20%
+ The candidate will assist with managing engagement efforts working with local newsroom partners and aspects of data collection and analysis.

Collaborate on publication of findings: 20%
+ The candidate will work with colleagues on publishing research results for multiple outputs, including peer reviewed journals, white papers, or other public-facing communications that translate findings for a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders.

Professional development, teaching and training: 10%
+ Responsibilities include advising students, developing professional skills and training by attending professional development meetings. 

The salary range is $55,000-$65,000, and is based on education, social science research experience, and professional experience in journalism. Strong methodological skills is preferred, including experience and training in survey research and quantitative analysis using statistical software (e.g. SPSS, Stata, or R), facility with ArcGIS mapping tools, and/or experience and training in relevant qualitative methods, including qualitative interviewing and analysis.

Additional pay associated with training or teaching assignments may be available depending on student enrollment, funding, school needs and teaching performance.

Duration: This appointment may be renewable for an additional year, conditional on satisfactory performance and funding availability. 

Required Qualifications:
+ All candidates must expect to earn a Ph.D. in Mass Communication or a related field (e.g., political science) by the appointment start-date (08/30/2024)
+ Expertise in journalism and evidence of excellence in conducting peer-reviewed research in higher education settings

Preferred Qualifications:
+ Prior work experience in journalism or media professions
+ Prior teaching and research experience in journalism
+ Demonstrated potential to conduct research
+ A demonstrated commitment, knowledge, and skill in working with students, faculty, and staff to foster an environment of inclusion and belonging 
+ Engagement with new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, in research and the study of ethics in its use is a plus

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted online. Search for job ID # 360555. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and curriculum vita.
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. 
Priority consideration will be given to applicants who apply by April 22, 2024. In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit the following materials:
+ Cover letter
+ Curriculum Vita
+ Three references

Please submit all files as PDFs.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail [email protected] or call (612) 624-8647.
For inquiries regarding the postdoctoral teaching position, please contact Dr. Benjamin Toff, Director of the Minnesota Journalism Center and Chair of the search committee, by email: [email protected]
For inquiries regarding the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, please contact Dr. Elisia Cohen, Professor and Director of the School, by email: [email protected].

About the Minnesota Journalism Center
For 45 years, the Minnesota Journalism Center has been an important convener and facilitator connecting media professionals to the knowledge networks housed within the university and the broader public more generally. Through the promotion of collaborative partnerships between professional journalism communities, the public, and the academics who study them both, the Center seeks to combine outreach and training, applied research initiatives, and journalism education that seeks to shore up and foster healthier, more sustainable, and more inclusive local information ecosystems.

About the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota is part of the College of Liberal Arts and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. The Hubbard School offers majors in Strategic Communication - Advertising and Public Relations, Professional Journalism, and Media and Information; and minors in Media and Information and Digital Media Studies. The Hubbard School offers an academic M.A. and Ph.D. and a Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication. 

Housed in Murphy Hall, a state-of-the-art facility for teaching and research of journalism, strategic communication, and emerging media studies, the Hubbard School is home to the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, the Minnesota Journalism Center, the Hubbard Digital Studios, and the Digital Information Research Center/Sevareid Library. Hubbard facilities also include the Murphy Hall conference center, multimedia classrooms, and psychophysiological communication research labs, and a focus group room, which is used to support graduate-level experimental research.

About the College of Liberal Arts
Home to the arts, social sciences and humanities disciplines and programs, the College of Liberal Arts is the largest college in the University of Minnesota and comprises 31 academic departments, and over 20 interdisciplinary research centers and administrative/support units. CLA has over 1,300 faculty and staff spanning research, teaching, advising, outreach, and administrative functions. CLA units reside in over 20 buildings on the East Bank and West Bank of the Twin Cities campus. CLA enrolls nearly 13,000 undergraduate students, more than 40% of the undergraduate enrollment on the Twin Cities campus, 1,400 graduate students, and has an annual all-funds budget of $290 million. CLA is a destination for curious, compassionate individuals who are committed to making our increasingly interdependent and diverse global community work for everyone. That foundational commitment begins in our CLA Constitution. CLA is committed to increasing enrollment of underrepresented and under-resourced students, diversifying our faculty across all disciplines, recruiting, and retaining a diverse staff, and promoting the expression and exploration of diverse perspectives and viewpoints—so that we all gain the background knowledge and analytical skills we need to understand and respect differences.

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Working at the University
At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.
+ The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
+ Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
+ Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
+ Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
+ Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
+ University HSA contributions
+ Disability and employer-paid life insurance
+ Employee wellbeing program
+ Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
+ Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
+ Financial counseling services 
+ Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

Diversity & Equal Opportunity
The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  Learn more about diversity at the University of Minnesota.

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About the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the United States, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, communication agencies, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.