The Shirley Wormser Professorship in Journalism and Media Writing (open rank, TT)- Department of English

The English Department at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for the Shirley Wormser Professorship in Journalism and Media Writing to begin in fall 2023. The department seeks a distinguished teacher-scholar, with a national reputation, for an appointment at the level of associate or full professor. Rank will be commensurate with experience. A master's or doctoral degree is required, along with a substantial record of publication in appropriate media.

The department is especially interested in writers with experience in audio and visual journalism. Areas of expertise may include racial justice, environmental writing, science writing, travel writing, disability studies, investigative journalism, journalistic ethics, sports journalism, political and economic journalism, and global and international journalism.

A successful candidate will have experience generating transformative initiatives that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion; a commitment to innovative pedagogies; and an ability to lead students through a broad range of curricular offerings. Candidates should have an interest in developing and enhancing community partnerships in the Cleveland area.

Minimum Qualifications: MA or PhD in English, Journalism, Media Studies, Communication, or a related field.

Responsibilities & Duties: Teaching load is two courses a semester. Other responsibilities include ongoing research, scholarship, and publication; and service at the departmental, college, and university levels.

How to Apply: Apply to this position at: Applications received by November 30, 2022 will be given first consideration; the position will remain open until filled. Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a research statement, 4) a teaching statement that includes evidence of effective teaching, 5) a publication or writing sample, 6) a diversity statement, and 7) a list of three references. The one-page diversity statement should explain how one’s research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within a scholarly field(s) and/or how individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University. Please provide teaching evaluation data, if available, or other relevant materials demonstrating excellence in teaching. General inquiries regarding this position should be sent to Prof. Michael Clune, Search Committee Chair, at

About Case Western Reserve and the English Department: CWRU is an independent research university located in Cleveland's University Circle, a square mile urban district of cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions. We enroll over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate/professional students in both liberal arts and professional/technical disciplines. The English department includes undergraduate and graduate offerings in literature, creative writing, and rhetoric that complement our undergraduate offerings in film, linguistics, and journalism. It also includes the Writing Program, which oversees the university's first-year academic writing curriculum and includes a substantial Writing Resource Center that serves all CWRU writers, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The department is also home to Writers House, a gathering place for writers that supports community programming, craft workshops, and the New Gutenberg Annex, which is a moveable type print lab and book arts workshop.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. As a recipient of the national Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for the past ten years, CWRU has been recognized nationally as a leader in advancing equity and inclusivity. The university and the College of Arts & Sciences at CWRU are committed to creating an inclusive community where all are welcome, valued and heard. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.

Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.