September 15, 2016

Assistant Professor

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

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  • Company
    University of Kansas University of Kansas
  • Location
    Lawrence, KS
  • Job Type
  • Job Classification
    Full Time
  • Experience
    Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
  • Education
    Doctoral Degree
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Job Description

Position Overview
The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas is seeking exceptional candidates for a tenure-track position in Strategic Communication at the assistant professor level, expected to begin August 18, 2017. Successful applicants will have a doctorate or another appropriate terminal degree in journalism, mass communication or a closely related field. ABD will be considered with a firm anticipated completion date no later than six months after appointment.

Candidates should have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary, diverse and collaborative environment. An active research program, teaching experience and professional experience will distinguish applicants. Applicants should have research and teaching expertise in at least one of the following areas: audience research, strategy and message development, media planning and management, principles of strategic communication, entrepreneurial media, and strategic campaigns. The ability to develop and teach online courses and certificate programs is a plus. Research in issues related to diversity, experience in working with a diverse population, or success in receiving external research grants is preferred but not required.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge; and (4) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities. See for more information.

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description
40% Teaching

* Teach courses in the undergraduate and graduate program to meet the needs of the School

* Participate in career advising for undergraduate and graduate students

* Hold regular office hours

40% Research

* Demonstrate sustained productivity through publications, papers and presentations for national and international academic and professional audiences

* Develop and maintain a national profile of research activity

20% Service

* Participate in the regular academic activities of the School, including committee assignments and major School functions

* Provide general service to the School and University

* Serve on and chair graduate committees

* Professional service in academic and/or media organizations

Required Qualifications
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of research and teaching in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in c.v., and (3) information provided from three professional references.

* Ph.D. or another appropriate terminal degree in journalism, mass communication or a closely related field OR ABD (with a firm completion date no later than six months after appointment).

* Evidence of ability to teach effectively and work collegially in a university setting.

* Evidence of research success and continued productivity.

* Qualification to teach strategic communication courses including but not limited to: strategy and message development, principles of strategic communication, entrepreneurial media, media management, and strategic campaigns. The ability to develop and teach online courses and certificate programs is a plus.

Additional Candidate Instruction
Please attach a resume, a cover letter addressing how you meet or exceed the required and preferred qualifications, a list of three professional/academic references, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests to the online application.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by November 14 to ensure consideration.

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No applications submitted directly to an email address will be considered

Contact Information to Applicants
Yvonnes Chen

Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with experience

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