Assistant Professor/Mass Communication/Strategic Communication

Position ID: 44571
Georgia College and State University
Department of Communication
Mass Communication
Position Description
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
Job Description: 

Business Title

Assistant Professor/Mass Communication/Strategic Communication

Position Number


Home Department

Mass Communication

Employment Type

Tenure Track Faculty




Faculty (10-month)

Time Limited?


Work Schedule

Monday-Friday including some weekends and evenings for special events. (40 hour work week)

Work Hours per week


Travel Required?


Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Communication at Georgia College offers an integrated, cross-platform curriculum including informative, persuasive, and hybrid mass communication courses with the goal of producing graduates with a broad knowledge of the media and its wide variety of channels. Community engagement, particularly through service learning in the classroom, is emphasized in the department. The department has approximately 400 majors and oversees a PRSSA chapter, a student newspaper, a student-operated radio station, and a weekly student cable news program. A research lab furnished as living room and equipped with eye tracking instrumentation is also a part of the department.

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

Excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and university service are requirements for promotion and tenure.

Primary Purpose of Position

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

Key Functions and Related Job Duties

Key Function

Faculty - Teaching/Instructing

Job duties performed for the above function

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

Teaching Responsibilities
- Regular course meetings and instruction as defined in the position description
- Mentoring students

Additionally, the department serves the core curriculum by teaching the first-year writing courses, numerous first and second year seminars (GC1Y and GC2Y), and contributing expertise in other areas.

Dynamic individual with ability to manage strategic communication classroom implementing new technology and engaged learning techniques. Ability to engage non-majors in a core curriculum course.

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
attendance at professional training and development 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 Communication. Service is fulfilled through departmental, college, and university participation.

Key Function

Faculty - Public Service

Job duties performed for the above function

Faculty are expected to participate in community outreach and engagement, and to mentor students participating in community engagement.

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.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Other Duties and Responsibilities


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.

Background Check Statement

Georgia College conducts job-related background checks on final candidates in order to ensure a safe and secure work environment. All employment offers will be contingent upon the successful completion of applicable background screenings which include, but are not limited to criminal history, motor vehicle report, credit history, drug and alcohol screening.

Minimum Requirements

Proposed Minimum Experience/Education

PhD in mass communication or related field is required. ABD will be considered but a completed PhD is required in order to be considered for promotion and or tenure at Georgia College.

Department Required Skills


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Description of Requirement



Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

Hiring preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of and experience with multimedia and/or cross platform storytelling, industry experience and university teaching experience.

Hiring preference will be given to candidates 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, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

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Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Review of applications will begin November 18, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Reference Letters

Accept References


Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate the highest level of education you have obtained
    • Bachelors
    • Masters
    • Specialist
    • ABD (all but dissertation)
    • Doctoral
  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. * Have you successfully completed 18 graduate level semester hours in the teaching discipline described in this posting?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of 3 References and Contact Information
Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Strategic Communication
Writing, General
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Mass Communication/Media Studies
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Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Vacancy Status: 

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University System of Georgia
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The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
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