Location: East Lansing, Michigan
Professor of Practice
The Department of Communication at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks to hire an in-person, full-time Professor of Practice in Strategic Communication. Applicants should be skilled communication professionals with a diverse range of applied experience and a vision for the curriculum and training students need to work as communication strategists in today’s information environment. Ideal candidates will have experience developing comprehensive communication plans to help organizations achieve long-term goals and objectives, demonstrated success in crisis communication and/or issues management, and public affairs and/or public information experience and previous teaching/training experience. We welcome applicants with relevant training and practical experience in disciplines such as communication, public relations, advertising, or business communication. Expected start date is August 15, 2023.
The successful candidate will lead the Communication, Leadership and Strategy (CLAS) undergraduate major, teach 2-3 courses per semester within the major and support efforts to ensure that the curriculum in the remains relevant and responsive to the needs of potential employers. The candidate will also manage external communications (social media, newsletter, etc.) for the department, work with undergraduate student groups, promote the CLAS training institute, and lead the advisory board meetings for the major. Moreover, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to our vibrant departmental community.
We reflect and cultivate diversity and community in our faculty. We particularly value applicants with experiences and backgrounds in strategic communication for diverse and underserved communities. An advanced degree, such as a MA, MS, or Ph.D., is required. We welcome applications from individuals from a broad range of disciplinary traditions who thrive in academic environments.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
- Contribute to our vibrant departmental community
- Advanced degree such as MA, MS, or Ph.D.
- Skilled communication professional with a diverse range of applied experience
- Experience developing comprehensive communication plans to help organizations achieve long-term goals and objectives
- Demonstrate success in crisis communication and/or issues management
- Public affairs and/or public information experience and previous teaching/training experience
- Relevant training and practical experience in disciplines such as communication, public relations, advertising, or business communication
- Experiences and backgrounds in strategic communication for diverse and underserved communities
Required Application Materials
Applicants should submit the following materials electronically:
- a cover letter summarizing your strategic communication experience and teaching qualifications,
- a diversity statement describing your commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work and in our undergraduate program,
- a curriculum vitae (CV) and/or portfolio that also describes previous teaching/training experience, and
- the names and contact information for three qualified individuals willing to serve as your recommenders to the search committee if letters are requested.
The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/
To apply, please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website (https://careers.msu.edu), refer to Posting #848336, and complete an electronic submission.
Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. We plan to begin campus interviews in mid-March.
Please direct any questions to Monique Turner, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication at Michigan State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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