Instructor, Broadcast News Operations

Job Description

Instructor, Broadcast News Operations, in the School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Applicants for this position at the level of Instructor must hold a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, Telecommunications, or a cognate discipline. The candidate must have relevant professional experience, including a substantial period in broadcast journalism and, preferably, experience in newsroom management and digital media. University teaching experience preferred.  This position is a one year renewable appointment.

The position is a joint appointment in the Departments of Journalism and Public Relations and Telecommunications. The candidate will be expected to teach in both departments. As far as possible, classes will be selected that allow appropriate opportunities for students to participate in activities and projects related to media organizations. The remaining student contact hours will be spent supervising BG-24 News, the nightly student television newscast, radio stations WFAL and WBGU-FM, the Bowling Green Radio News Organization (BGRNO), and the Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization (BGRSO). The Department Chairs, in consultation with the Director of the School of Media and Communication, will establish an advisory committee whose purpose will be to provide advice and support to the Instructor, Broadcast News Operations.

The instructor will be encouraged to explore possibilities of greater collaboration between the School of Media and Communication, the broadcast student media and WBGU-TV27, the university’s public television station.

An important component of the job is to effectively motivate as well as educate and train student volunteers. The instructor will supervise broadcast news content for BG-24 News and radio station programming. In addition, the instructor will be expected to actively participate in policy making and discussions at Departmental and/or School levels as these affect broadcast news operations.

The instructor will consult daily with the volunteer students who work for the broadcast media organizations with a view to ensuring the achievement of professional quality programming. The instructor should also work to ensure that students are provided the opportunity to acquire industry-level skills and standards of excellence.

The ACEJMC-accredited Department of Journalism and Public Relations has approximately 300 majors who currently have a choice among concentrations in print journalism, broadcast journalism, and public relations. The Department of Telecommunications has approximately 200 majors.

The School of Media and Communication comprises the departments of Journalism and Public Relations, Communication and Telecommunications, with approximately 1,000 majors. Together the School faculty supports masters and doctoral programs with 80 graduate students who choose between emphases in media studies or communication and culture.

Bowling Green State University is located in Northwest Ohio approximately 20 miles south of Toledo and the Michigan border. BGSU is just two hours from Cleveland and Columbus and one hour from Detroit by car. 841 full-time professors teach 20,000 students. The university is strongly committed to teaching excellence, which extends to multiple sources of support for pedagogical growth, including optional faculty learning communities and extensive opportunities for training in use of technology in teaching. The library is a participant in OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network, a consortium of Ohio’s college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio, which provides access to 40 million library items and more than 100 electronic databases.

A completed application must include a cover letter, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a current CV, and at least three current and original signed letters of recommendation (neither e-mail nor faxed letters are accepted). The application cover letter must be postmarked by May 16, 2011.  Finalists must provide transcript evidence of highest degree. Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Terry L. Rentner, director, School of Media and Communication, 302 West Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0233. Inquiries can be made via telephone at 419-372-2077 or via e-mail at

BGSU is an equal opportunity employer/educator. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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