Open Rank Teaching Professor and Program Director for MA in Strategic Communication
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 54259.68 - 130200.75
Internal Number: 342376
The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time Open Rank Teaching Professor and Program Director for MA in Strategic Communication to direct its professional master’s program in strategic communication and help develop other professional program educational opportunities for the school. The position will report to the Director of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and be a thought-leader for the School and broader Twin Cities community in the area of strategic communication. The successful program leader and director will advance the support for professional strategic communication programs in the School in line with the School’s strategic goals related to recruitment, retention, graduation, expanding hi-flex learning modality options, and improving diversity, equity and inclusion in professional strategic communication education.
The Open Rank Teaching Professor and Program Director for MA in Strategic Communication is responsible for the overall growth and success of the MA in Strategic Communication degree program, which includes achieving enrollment targets, innovation within the program, student and faculty satisfaction, the reputation of the program in the market, and budgetary oversight. The Program Director also provides leadership for the School’s strategic communication programmatic activities, and serves as a member of the teaching faculty. This position is also responsible for instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level with leadership of the Professional M.A. in strategic communication. The program focuses on advanced professional study of communication strategy, planning, evaluation and creative content management. Responsibilities of the position are outlined below:
(40% effort) Provide Classroom classroom instruction and curriculum supervision and the undergraduate and graduate level in strategic communication;
· Teach 1-2 courses per academic semester plus the Professional M.A. Program Capstone courses in the May term.
· Serve as the primary back-up point of contact and instructor in substitute for part-time instructors; supervise part-time instructors on curricular matters.
· Contribute to the ongoing development, assessment and delivery of a rapidly evolving curriculum in strategic communication
(10% effort) Engage in student advising, including both formal and informal career advising at the undergraduate and graduate level. Responsibilities include capstone supervision and program leadership for the MA program.
(40% effort) Conduct professional M.A. program administration, including scholarship allocation, curriculum development, faculty advising and recruitment, and planning and executing biannual professional engagement forums, and budget management.
· Review/recommend curriculum content in coordination with faculty and the Hubbard School Director
· Monitor developments and trends in the professional communication field through reading, participation in professional organizations, publications, public speaking and network development within the community
· Help with the selection and hiring of adjunct instructors to deliver select courses
· Responsible for the intellectual leadership and administration of the Strategic Communication M.A. Program.
· Identify advisory board members and lead meetings to ensure currency and responsiveness of curriculum to industry needs
· Develop an annual report detailing the program's accomplishments and challenges.
· Act as the central communications point for all matters relating to the program.
· Recruit potential students and advise prospective students on features of the program, overseeing the process and tracking applications
· Help identify possible career placement opportunities for graduating students with Hubbard School and collegiate career services staff
· Work with graduate/professional student coordinator on admission decision letters and responding to queries from prospective students, university employees and the general public.
(10% effort) Develop and execute the professional M.A. program marketing plan.
Establish marketing strategies, plan and execute prospective student enrollment marketing and recruiting activities, and meet with donors and potential donors with the Hubbard school director.
Engage in professional industry outreach in coordination with the assistant director for external relations.
Oversee the development of marketing materials such as brochures, web site, press releases and presentation/speeches in coordination with the Hubbard School director, graduate/professional student coordinator, and student agency.
Master’s degree in a relevant field and at least 8 or more years of directly related professional experience; a Bachelor’s degree with 10 or more years of directly related professional experience
Demonstrated expertise teaching in strategic communication or related fields (e.g., marketing communication)
Knowledge and direct service experience in educational and human service development and/or delivery
· Programmatic, executive and/or managerial leadership experience in a metropolitan professional strategic communication community preferred.
· Demonstrated expertise teaching professional master’s students in strategic communication or related fields (e.g., marketing communication, business, communication).
· Experience in emerging areas of health care strategy, medical device marketing communication, brand content management, digital analytics/strategy, and/or crisis communication are desirable.
This is a 100%-time, three-year renewable (continuing) 12-month position with the benefits associated with the University’s administrative policy for Professional and Administrative Employees.
The salary range for the position is $85,000-130,200, depending on education, rank and experience.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.