Open-Rank Professor of Practice (non-tenure-track)
The Department of Journalism in the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University invites applications for director of the new Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting.
The director will be responsible for guiding a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students in conducting reporting projects in Philadelphia. It will be the director’s job to help build and shape the Center, which will focus exclusively on the issues facing Philadelphia and other large American cities, including gun violence, economic inequality, systemic racism, education and health disparities, crumbling infrastructure and eroding trust in institutions.
The successful candidate will have a proven track-record of producing and/or editing impactful reporting projects, experience reporting in a diverse, urban environment and experience utilizing investigative reporting techniques. As importantly, the successful candidate will know and understand emerging engagement models such as those employed by organizations such as City Bureau, The Listening Post Collective, Outlier Media and, locally, Resolve Philly, Kensington Voice and Germantown Info Hub that empower communities to use their own voices.
The Center’s primary purpose will be to produce and teach investigative reporting that is equitable, inclusive, community-focused and solutions-oriented. The Logan Center will provide a destination for students, practitioners, and community stakeholders interested in community-driven investigative reporting. It will offer opportunities for students and journalists to learn and practice skills needed to become leaders in this developing field while contributing to the local news and information system through applied investigations in collaboration with community stakeholders. In addition to being responsible for producing and directing the center’s journalism and offering community outreach and training, the director will teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in capstone reporting classes.
Through media and community partners, the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting will produce and publish regular works of investigative journalism about Philadelphia-centric issues, driven by both community-based engagement and reporting techniques, alongside more traditional investigative reporting, such as data analysis, FOIA-requests, document analysis, source generation and interviews. This work will be done both through sustained projects with students in classes and through individual projects reported and produced by Logan Center staff.
Candidates who have experience with diverse populations are strongly preferred and should highlight these experiences in their applications. Philadelphia has a growing Latinx community, and for this reason, the ability to speak Spanish is a plus.
In addition to assigning, editing and promoting investigative work, the director will serve as a non-tenure-track professor of practice. This position is open rank; rank will be determined based on the successful candidate’s skills and experience. Both academic and industry experience will be considered. In addition, the director will work with the chair of the Department of Journalism chair and with the dean’s office in developing and administering the Logan Center’s day-to-day operations, budget and fundraising. One of the director’s first responsibilities will be to work with the journalism department faculty and the dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication to hire an assistant director and define their duties.
The Lew Klein College of Media and Communication is among the largest comprehensive colleges of communication in the nation. The college houses four departments: Advertising and Public Relations, Communication and Social Influence, Journalism, and Media Studies and Production. In addition to Journalism’s Master of Journalism program, graduate degrees across the college include an M.A. in Media Studies and Production, an M.S. in Communication for Development and Social Change, an online M.S. in Communication Management, a new MS in Conflict and Communication, and an M.S. in Strategic Advertising and Marketing, which is offered in partnership with Temple’s Fox School of Business. The college also offers a Ph.D. in Media and Communication. The college enrolls nearly 3,000 undergraduate students and more than 100 graduate students. Temple University’s community at large includes over 40,000 students in the region and at several international campuses. For more information about the department, college, and university, please visit http://Klein.temple.edu.
The ACEJMC-accredited journalism department has 360 undergraduate majors and offers a recently redesigned MJ program. We are committed to journalism excellence and to staying connected to the rich multicultural tapestry that is Philadelphia, a city that is also the birthplace of American democracy. The goal of Temple’s journalism program is to prepare students for a multimedia professional future with solid training in urban journalism and with particular emphasis on underserved communities. We seek a colleague with a similar commitment and philosophy.
Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access affirmative action employer, committed to achieving a diverse community. Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter indicating interest and relevant professional and academic background, including experience working with diverse populations and/or covering urban issues; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy; (4) names and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2021 and the position will remain open until the right candidate is found. For questions, please contact Professor Aron Pilhofer, chair of the search committee, at email@example.com.