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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Teaching Specialist/Lecturer | Strategic Communication/Advertising - Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

About the Job

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites nominations and applications for a full-time, nine-month instructional position in strategic communication/advertising. This is a 100%-time, annually renewable position over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). This position begins spring semester 2018 (01/11/2018) or fall semester 2018 (08/27/2018). This is an academic professional position at the rank of teaching specialist or lecturer, consistent with University policy and depending on qualifications. Salary is competitive.

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.

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication seeks an outstanding instructor with expertise in strategic communication and/or a practicing professional in the field of strategic communication. The School is especially interested in reviewing applications from individuals willing and able to teach three courses each term in the following areas: digital marketing communication, campaigns, digital strategy, cases in strategic communication, or public relations writing.  This position will be responsible for teaching six semester courses per academic year (3/3 distribution) in these areas.

This position is subject to the Administrative Policy: Appointments of Academic Professional and Administrative Employees; the Administrative Policy: Academic Appointments with Teaching Functions, and additional policies and procedures.


Required Qualifications:  B.A. in strategic communication, journalism, or closely related field with an emphasis in strategic communication is required for appointment as a teaching specialist. Ph.D. or terminal degree (M.F.A., Professional M.A.) with an emphasis in strategic communication/advertising is required for appointment as a lecturer. Demonstrated successful undergraduate teaching in strategic communication, and/or demonstrated successful professional work experience in corporate communications, public relations, or similar professional work experience in strategic communication is required.

Preferred Qualifications:  two years of full-time successful undergraduate teaching in strategic communication/advertising and/or three years of full-time successful professional experience in strategic communication/advertising is preferred.

About the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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 on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Founded in 1922, the School is among the foremost journalism schools in the United States supporting an undergraduate B.A. program; a professional M.A. program in strategic communication and five-year B.A. to M.A. program in health communication; and a master’s and doctoral program in mass communication.

The HSJMC is located in Murphy Hall, a state-of- the-art facility built for cutting edge teaching and research. With more than 27,000 square feet across five floors, Murphy Hall boasts state-of- the-art multimedia classrooms; a 150-seat multimedia auditorium; a Digital Media Studio; labs for imaging, graphics and communication design; the Digital Information Resource Center/Sevareid Library; the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law; a multimedia conference center; an eye-tracking research lab; and focus group facilities.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Minnesota’s employment system. To be considered for this position, please visit the Find a Job page of the University of Minnesota’s Office of Human Resources website, at
·         Click the appropriate button under To Apply for Jobs
·         Search for:
o   Job Opening ID:  319107
o   Job Opening Title:  Teaching Specialist/Lecturer, Strategic Communication/Advertising

You will have an opportunity to complete an online application, and to attach: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your experience teaching undergraduate courses in strategic communication, and/or your professional work experience; and (2) your curriculum vitae/resume.

The University of Minnesota requires that a competitive pool be established and qualified for consideration before positions are filled. All applications will be considered confidential; the search process will be closed until the campus interview stage and at that time will be limited to members of the campus community. Additional materials, including names and contact information for references may be requested from select candidates at a future date.

Review of applications will begin October 16, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Nominations of outstanding potential candidates for this position are welcome and may be sent to Professor Stacey Kanihan, Search Committee Chair, at  

For inquiries regarding the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, please contact Dr. Elisia Cohen, Professor and Director of the School, by email: , or call the SJMC at 612.625.1338. 

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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 major news organizations, world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 
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To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-8647.