Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada Reno
August 1, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
The Reynolds School of Journalism, an innovative and fast-growing program, seeks a seasoned science journalist or imaginative science-communication academic to serve as the Reynolds Professor of Science Communication and founding director of the Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., Project for Visualizing Science.
The Hitchcock Project for Visualizing Science is an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary initiative that reimagines how we communicate science. It will prepare students, scientists and media professionals to present stories in such forms as narrative-driven data visualization, video explainers and documentary, and immersive media. The project was established through a generous gift from biochemist and philanthropist Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D.
The Reynolds Professor and project director will design and teach undergraduate and graduate courses on communicating science; produce visual content; arrange media partnerships, training programs and public events; and oversee applied and basic research on communication effectiveness.
This position is a non-tenure track, academic year appointment at the rank of associate or full professor, and includes a support account and a graduate assistant. The selected candidate will have significant professional journalistic experience in an area related to science; demonstrated experience with forms of visual communication; experience with university teaching or related forms of presentation (such as professional workshops); and at least a bachelor’s degree. A graduate degree is preferred. The starting date for the position is flexible after February 1, 2019.
Diversity is central to the mission of the Reynolds School. Our faculty, staff and students strive to foster an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging and expressing diverse perspectives and is respectful of diverse identities. Candidates should be prepared to address how their work contributes to advancing these goals.
The scenic University of Nevada, Reno campus, in sight of the Sierra Nevada mountains, is located 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and four hours from San Francisco and the Napa-Sonoma wine country. Reno is a recreational paradise, chosen by Outside Magazine as one of the nation’s Best Towns, with nearby world-class skiing and snowboarding, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. The area is home to a burgeoning tech sector, with a vibrant food and arts scene.
About Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada Reno
The Reynolds School’s slogan is “All Things Media,” reflecting our positioning as a program that emphasizes not only the present and future of the news industry, but also encompasses strategic communication fields — such as advertising, public relations and integrated marketing. At the undergraduate level we prepare students for “multi-platform storytelling,” whether in the service of news, information or brand communication. Our master’s program prepares graduate students to develop new media firms, products and practices. Our programs encourages an inclusive learning environment that supports students from all backgrounds and walks of life.
The Reynolds School is one of 110 full-accredited U.S. journalism and mass communication programs. Our faculty members include endowed chairs in media technology, media entrepreneurship, business journalism and media ethics.
We partner with the College of Engineering around digital media innovation, with the College of Business around entrepreneurship and with the School of Medicine around health communication. Our student teams in advertising and public relations have won national and regional competitions.