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Assistant Professor/Mass Communication/Strategic Communication

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Posting Details 

Position Information

Business Title Assistant Professor/Mass Communication/Strategic Communication
Position Number
Home Department Mass Communication
Employment Type Regular (Continuous)
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time
Appointment Faculty (10-month)
Time Limited? No
Time-Limited Appointment Length Not Applicable
Work Schedule

Monday-Friday including some weekends and evenings for special events

Work Hours per week 40
Travel Required?
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Mass Communication at Georgia College offers an integrated, cross-platform curriculum including informative, persuasive, and digital media mass communication courses with the goal of producing graduates with a broad knowledge of the communication landscape and its wide variety of channels. Community engagement, particularly through service learning in the classroom, is emphasized in the department.

The department has almost 400 majors, oversees a PRSSA chapter, a student newspaper, a student operated radio station, a video production club, and a weekly student cable news program. A research lab furnished as a living room and equipped with eye tracking instrumentation is also a part of the department.

The Department of Mass Communication is committed to upholding the mission of a public liberal arts university, developing a diverse workforce and student body, and modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching learning, personal development and institutional success.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect and responsibility.

Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Georgia College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment.

Primary Purpose of Position

The primary role of this tenure track assistant professor will be in strategic communication with an emphasis in advertising. Primary teaching responsibilities in strategic communication include writing, planning, management, and campaign courses. Other teaching responsibilities may include research, special topics, and/or introductory mass communication courses. This position will also contribute to the university core curriculum.

We seek a highly trained professional who is committed to liberal arts education; who can demonstrate excellence in teaching and research; and whose scholarship addresses any area of strategic communication including campaign communication, media effects, audience analysis, and emerging technologies.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and whose experience, research, teaching, and service can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties

Key Function Faculty - Teaching/Instructing
Job duties performed for the above function

The successful candidate will teach courses in strategic communication including writing, planning, management, and campaigns, and some research and beginning mass communication courses. The position will also contribute to the university core curriculum.

All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Teaching Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
– Regular course meetings and instruction as defined in the position description,
– Mentoring students, and
- Guiding undergraduates in research.

Key Function Faculty - Professional Development
Job duties performed for the above function

Faculty are expected to conduct research and develop within their profession. Examples of such expectations include, but are not limited to
- attendance at professional training and development workshops on and off campus,
- grant writing, and
– membership and participation in professional organizations.

Key Function Faculty - Service to Institution
Job duties performed for the above function

Service is an essential responsibility of all faculty in the Department of Mass Communication.

Service is fulfilled through activities such as
- participation in departmental, college, and university committees and programs,
- directing and advising programs, and
- participation in special programs or projects.

Key Function Faculty - Public Service
Job duties performed for the above function

Public Service is often a part of faculty service expectations and might include activities such as the following:
– community outreach and engagement,
– mentoring students participating in community engagement,
– service to the profession, and
– membership and participation in community organizations where disciplinary or faculty expertise is essential.

Key Function Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity
Job duties performed for the above function

Faculty are expected to conduct research and develop within the profession.

Examples of research possibilities include
– publication and peer reviewed scholarship,
– presentations at professional meetings, and
– membership and participation in professional organizations

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Demonstrable ability to work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds. In keeping with the University’s mission we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Minimum Requirements

Proposed Minimum Experience/Education

PhD in mass communication or related field is required. ABD will be considered if the degree will be conferred by May 1, 2018; a completed PhD is required in order to continue in the position and to be considered for promotion and/or tenure at Georgia College.
Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1. (www.sacscoc.org)

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Preferences

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

Hiring preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of and experience in the strategic communications industry and who have university teaching experience.

Hiring preference will be given to faculty who demonstrate an understanding of Georgia College’s Public Liberal Arts mission and who are enthusiastic about working closely with high-achieving students within an academic community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through learning and scholarship.

In keeping with the University’s mission we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethic, racial, and gender diversity.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F0159
Desired Start Date 08/01/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date 09/20/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Reference Letters

Reference Letters

Accept References No
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Last Day a Reference Provider Can Submit Reference
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Have you successfully completed 18 graduate level semester hours in the teaching discipline described in this posting?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have higher education teaching experience?
    • Yes, 1 - 2 years higher education teaching experience
    • Yes, 3 - 5 years higher education teaching experience
    • Yes, 5 or more years higher education teaching experience
    • No, I do not have higher education teaching experience
  3. * What is the highest level of education you have achieved?
    • Bachelors
    • Masters
    • Specialist
    • ABD - All But Dissertation (Degree work completed; Dissertation needs to be completed)
    • Doctoral

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of 3 References and Contact Information
Optional Documents