Lecturer in Sports Journalism

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Work type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL), Alachua
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Education/Training/Instructional Design
Department:23040000 - CJC-JOURNALISM

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Job Description:

The Opportunity

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UF CJC), located in Gainesville, invites applications for a full-time, 9- or 12-month lecturer position in sports journalism. This non-tenure-track, benefits eligible, teaching appointment begins either July 1, 2023, or Aug. 16, 2023.

The successful candidate will serve in the Department of Journalism and play a leading role in the further development of its sports and media specialization.

The lecturer will teach an array of undergraduate courses in the specialization and must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teaching and mentoring undergraduate sports journalism students (with opportunities to engage with graduate students) in classroom, newsroom and outside immersive settings.
  • Coaching students through the development and reporting of sports stories – especially emphasizing covering and sourcing breaking news, game and event coverage as well as community-based and enterprise reporting techniques.
  • Teaching students to engage sports-focused audiences through broadcast, multimedia and social media content creation, particularly as offered via the ESPN, PBS and NPR regional affiliates based in the college’s Innovation News Center.
  • Fostering an environment that replicates the sports journalism profession via new class opportunities that teach students to utilize and embrace the latest tools, technologies and techniques related to digital and social media storytelling.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with alumni and industry professionals to help best prepare students for the rapidly changing sports journalism and media industries.
  • Performing other faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments and assisting in student recruitment, and as otherwise assigned.

About Sports @ CJC

UF CJC offers one of the most comprehensive and hands-on co-curricular sports programs in the country (www.jou.ufl.edu/sports-at-cjc). The College helps students to develop skills that will position them for varied opportunities in sports journalism, broadcasting and communications.

This position also aims to support the College’s initiatives to enable students to produce content for its various media properties within its Innovation News Center (INC), which include WRUF AM/FM (ESPN Gainesville), WUFT-TV and WRUF-TV in the north central Florida area, as well as for the SEC Network. The INC is the home of the College’s news, sports and weather operations. It is housed in a two-story, 14,000-square-foot space with nearly 100 seats for reporters, producers and editors working together to serve the multiple distribution channels.

CJC graduates have held a variety of positions at ESPN, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, CNN, The Athletic, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo Sports, and more.

About the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications

Accredited by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the College has earned its reputation for excellence over the last half century and on the strength of its programs, faculty, students and alumni; the stories they tell; and the difference they make around the world. Our dozens of full-time faculty members and part-time instructors serve in four academic departments: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Media Production, Management and Technology. We enroll both in-person and online undergraduates earning bachelor’s degrees and graduate students earning master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit www.jou.ufl.edu for more information about our Department of Journalism.

About the University of Florida 

UF is the state’s sole member of the Association of American Universities. It is in the midst of a multi-year, pre-eminence initiative that has created more than 600 new faculty positions and generated a $70 million partnership with NVIDIA to create the nation’s top research lab in artificial intelligence. In 2021, UF’s research spending totaled more than $1 billion.

UF offers a competitive salary commensurate with similar positions and includes a full benefits package. To view the university’s total reward benefit package, visit https://benefits.hr.ufl.edu/.

About Gainesville, Florida

As home to Florida’s largest and oldest university, Gainesville (http://cityofgainesville.org) is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. Gainesville and the surrounding area are home to about 250,000 people, a robust arts community, several museums, a world-class health care system anchored at UF, a downtown core known for its restaurants and brew pubs, excellent public and private schools, and abundant nature exemplified by clear, natural springs. Additionally, within two hours are attractions such as Disney World, University Studios, Busch Gardens and historic St. Augustine. Explore Gainesville in 60 Seconds.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Journalism and Communications respects and recognizes activities that are consonant with our mission. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive environment, preeminent scholarship, cross disciplinary education, superior skills development, and collaboration spanning the science and practice of communication to produce significant societal impact on a local, state and global scale.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with experience

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree and five years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Five years industry experience in sports journalism is required.
  • Other related professional and/or academic experience is desired.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, and master’s degree preferred.

Desired Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in both professional practices and as contributor to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • A successful track record of teaching or mentoring beginning journalists, whether in a classroom and/or training in an academic or professional setting.
  • Strong knowledge of local, regional and national sports teams and industry concerns.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing social media strategy to grow and engage audiences.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

The University of Florida uses Careers at UF online application process to conduct its faculty searches. Applicants for this position shall receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Applications must be submitted online and must include electronic versions of the following:

  • A resume and/or curriculum vitae – and a cover letter.
  • A statement of inclusive excellence related to teaching and mentoring.
  • The names, titles, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references.

The search committee may request additional materials at a later time.

Review of applications will begin November 15 and will continue until the position is filled. For inquiries about the position, please email search committee chair Herbert Lowe at loweh@ufl.edu.

The selected candidate must provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). That can be found at www.naces.org.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law, which requires that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application, nomination and reference be made available for public inspection.

An equal opportunity employer, the University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, veteran status and genetic information, and in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits and training.

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