Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota | Lecturer/Teaching Specialist in Strategic Communication


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December 21, 2020


The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, nine-month instructional position in strategic communication with a focus on digital strategy. Responsibilities will include teaching six courses a year (three in fall semester, three in spring semester) and continued contribution to the field of strategic communication, including professional development by broadening knowledge and expertise.

Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring students and service to the school and the university. The candidate will be expected to have the requisite professional experience required to teach strategic communication courses, including Public Relations Writing, Digital Strategy and Campaigns. Interest in and willingness to supervise internship experiences and/or support students’ career development is expected.

The successful candidate will be someone who is passionate about training students to be strategic communicators who can think critically, write clearly and ask tough questions in a fast-paced world; who is both deeply analytical and conversant in digital planning and strategy; who is creative, engaged, and willing to embrace new methods and media.
Applicants should have demonstrated interest and success in teaching others strategic communication, digital strategy and analysis skills. Adaptability to teaching and training students these skills to meet public health requirements during COVID-19 and in the university’s hybrid and remote learning environment is required.

Required Qualifications: B.A. in strategic communication, advertising, public relations, or closely related field with an emphasis in strategic communication is required for appointment as a teaching specialist. MA or Ph.D. with an emphasis in strategic communication/advertising is required for appointment as a lecturer. The Hubbard School is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applicants from underrepresented groups to apply.

Preferred Qualifications: A minimum of 4 years of successful professional experience in public relations, digital strategy, or strategic communication is preferred. Demonstrated successful undergraduate teaching experience in digital strategy and/or demonstrated successful professional work experience public relations, digital strategy, or marketing similar professional work experience in strategic communication is preferred.

This is a 100%-time, annually renewable position over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). This position begins fall semester 2020 (08/31/2021). This is an academic professional position at the rank of teaching specialist or lecturer, consistent with University policy and depending on qualifications. The salary range for this position as a strategic communication teaching specialist will be $56,000 - $66,000 depending on qualifications. Additional teaching opportunities during the summer term may be available.

Lecturers and teaching specialists in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication provide classroom teaching that supplement faculty offerings and expertise. Lecturers and teaching specialists develop and teach courses; advise students with regard to academic concerns and school-related organizations; provide service-related teaching duties; participate in the decisions relating to the policies, courses and programs in which there is involvement; contribute appropriate service to the school, college, and University; continue personal growth within the profession; and keep current with the field and broaden knowledge and expertise.

This position is subject to the Administrative Policy: Appointments of Academic Professional and Administrative Employees; the Administrative Policy: Academic Appointments with Teaching Functions, and the College of Liberal Arts Collegiate Plan for Implementation of Administrative Policy on Academic Appointments and additional policies and procedures.

About the School

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota is part of the College of Liberal Arts and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. Founded in 1922, the School has been ranked in several national surveys as among the foremost journalism schools in the United States.
The Hubbard School is ideally situated in one of the nation’s most dynamic and creative metropolitan regions. The Twin Cities region is home to major media institutions, strategic communication (advertising, public relations, interactive/digital communication) firms, and Fortune 500 companies. This allows the Hubbard School to forge innovative partnerships and collaborations between industry and the academy in both research and teaching.

Review of applicants will begin January 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled, with interviews anticipated by Zoom in late February.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail [email protected] or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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