Director, Applied Communications

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Tenure Status Non-Tenure Rank Assistant Professor Term Length 12 Months Terminal one year contract No Position Status Full Time Position Title Director, Applied Communications Campus Chicago - Michigan Ave. If other, please specify Position Summary

This position is a 12 month, full-time non-tenure track Administrative faculty position with significant administrative responsibilities including accountability for student growth of the major. The expected faculty appointment is at the Assistant Professor rank. The position will be based in Chicago, and applicants must be willing to teach at other Chicago metropolitan area campuses as needed.

Who we are:
We are a team of dedicated educators who have been working together to build a new Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU) focused on building academic pathways and providing holistic student support to ensure students are career ready. Our undergraduate Applied Communications major serves first time freshmen as well as adult transfer students in blended and online delivery formats – on and off campus. Be ready to scale as we are growing!

We work fearlessly to educate and retain our students. As a result, we have exceeded national benchmarks through our approach to appreciative advising and data-driven, personalized instruction. Our educational model is student-focused, expects excellence, and provides personalized support in a data-driven environment. These key tenets are grounded by pillars of continuous improvement and innovation for quality growth and development.

We are looking for a collaborative, dedicated, hard-working, and student-centered colleague who will take leadership and accountability for all aspects of the major, including enrollment, outreach, partnerships, curriculum, faculty, and student success.

Who you are:

You are: A Proven Leader Ready to Train the Next Generation in your Field.
You have significant experience in one or more areas in applied communications and have a broad range of connections in the fields of mass media, marketing and digital media. You have a portfolio that showcases your skill sets in written and digital communication along with demonstrated success of your work product. You will ensure the development and delivery of a career relevant curriculum that provides real world experiences to help prepare students for their careers in the field and build a pipeline of employers for our students to interview with after graduation. Employment outcomes are a key performance indicator.

You are: Driven to Succeed.
You are energetic and passionate about a diverse student body that typically includes many first-generation students and those that face many personal challenges. To be successful in this position, you must be committed to leading and demonstrating excellence in teaching and learning. The position requires you to be agile, creative and engaging while offering new curriculum pathways and providing a career relevant, unparalleled experience to undergraduate students. Enthusiastic candidates have the belief that all students can be successful students. Student enrollment and retention is a key performance indicator.

You will: Offer Best-in-Class Teaching and Learning.
You believe that your work has demonstrated your respect for education and the power that it holds. Each term, you will facilitate blended classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction. You will work with a dedicated team of Coaches and Faculty, Content Experts and Data Analysts to determine how to personalize the learning experience for your students. In addition to teaching content, you will also encourage growth mindset, increase non-cognitive skill development and nurture academic confidence. Instructional excellence is a key performance indicator.

You are ready to: Make an Impact.
Each and every day, our Undergraduate College changes lives. You want to be a part of that meaningful innovation. You are someone that will always look for creative ways for students to earn success. You will serve as a mentor for your team, encouraging and facilitating growth. We know this work is challenging, but we are in it together. Graduation rate is a key performance indicator.

•Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
•Expect Excellence: Maintain high expectations for our students and for the faculty that teach in the program by holding ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
•Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond. Connect students with their career interests and provide opportunities to engage in professional environments.
•Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Collaborate with faculty and coaches to utilize real-time data and technology to adapt instruction to student needs.
•Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of curriculum, instruction and the student experience.


Reporting to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Professional Studies, the Director of Applied Communication will carry a teaching load while also being responsible for the vision, growth and quality of the Applied Communication major and Marketing minor within the Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU).

•Partnerships: Develop partnerships and articulations with feeder institutions including high school networks and community colleges.
•Enrollment Growth: In collaboration with the Enrollment and Outreach Departments, create and implement a plan to increase enrollment using a variety of strategies with targeted audiences identified.
•Develop External Relationships: For professional content areas, identify and serve as point of contact for partnerships with relevant external organizations (businesses, institutions, professional associations) to support continuous review and improvement of course content to align with industry standards, and to support creation of work-based learning opportunities for students.
•Employer Pipelines: In collaboration with Career Bridge, build employer networks to offer a wide range of job opportunities for our students after graduation.

•Leadership of Curriculum Development and Implementation: Maintain current and active knowledge in subject matter expertise in the discipline areas. Conduct regular reviews of the curriculum, and make data informed revisions of the majors(s) and courses offered, with a strong experiential and professional component. Lead subject matter experts in the development of courses in blended and online formats designed to support student success. Manage alignment of course outcomes to DQP.
•Data-Driven Course and Major Planning: Review course/major data quarterly and annually, in collaboration with UGC administration and content area faculty team, in order to inform ongoing course and major enhancements and to explore opportunities for course/concentration/major additions.
•Scheduling: Use an efficient scheduling model to ensure students have enough course options to continually progress toward graduation, class sizes that maximize resources, and flexible enough to customize academic pathways.

•Hiring: Collaborate with Human Resources to regularly create and maintain an adjunct pool in the relevant subject areas to include recruiting through professional and NLU networks, reviewing candidates, conducting interviews, hiring, and onboarding.
•Staffing: Assign faculty to staff for all courses in content area (contracting done by UGC administration).
•Ongoing Performance Management: Supervise and meet with faculty on a regular basis to ensure instructional excellence and student engagement. Perform classroom observations and provide constructive feedback for faculty. Coach faculty, as needed. Conduct annual performance reviews, as appropriate.
•Leadership in Professional Development (PD) to Drive Instructional Excellence: Collaborate with UGC administration and UGC faculty to ensure comprehensive approach to faculty PD is in place. Create, attend and actively participate in PD to build a stronger instructional model for the UGC. Includes on-boarding of new faculty as well as ongoing PD and support of all faculty.

•Administrative Planning and Engagement: Ensuring ongoing communication and alignment between UGC administration and content area faculty team. Engage in administrative planning as needed, e.g., in budget recommendations, providing input on marketing materials and enrollment strategies, and participation in UGC-wide efforts such as admitted students days and UGC-wide team meetings. You will take a leadership role in faculty governance at college/university level.
•Oversee Assessment, Accreditation and Compliance: Work with UGC and University administration to ensure that content area maintains all appropriate approvals and accreditation and compliance with all relevant university policies and regulatory guidelines. Includes but is not limited to maintenance of course syllabi, University Course Outlines (UCO), PD, etc.
•Support Resolution of Student Issues: Support UGC administration in resolution of student issues in content area, such as academic appeals and re-admissions of returning students.

•Demonstrate excellence in teaching:
oCollaborate with faculty team to develop an effective student experience for students.
oFacilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a blended, flipped classroom environment.
oEmpower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught.
oUtilize technology-based teaching platforms, including but not limited to an adaptive courseware engine to aid students in the development of competencies.
oCommunicate professionally and relate well.


•Minimum of six years of full-time professional experience in an applied communications field including:
-Preferred: At least three years of professional experience in digital media
-Preferred: At least three years of professional experience in marketing
•Demonstrated record of teaching excellence, ideally in a university or college setting;
•Demonstrated ability to work with racially, culturally and economically diverse colleagues and students;
•Commitment to student success, student professional growth, effective professional advising, and experiential education;
•Evidence of effective management of human and fiscal resources;
•Experience using data for improvement purposes;
•Evidence of engagement and service to the field;
•Strong project management skills; and
•Excellent oral and written communication skills.

•Experience in managing academic programs in a college or university setting;
•Experience in business or partnership development;
•Experience in curriculum development for different modalities of delivery (hybrid/blended and online); and
•Experience leading teams.


•Candidates must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Communications, Digital Media, Marketing or related field.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number FAC220 Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date Open Until Filled No Special Instructions Summary Quick Link for Internal Postings Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. What is the highest level of education completed in discipline or sub-field in which you are applying to?
    • Bachelors degree in discipline or sub-field
    • 18 graduate semester credits in discipline or sub-field
    • Master's degree or higher in discipline or sub-field
    • Doctoral degree in discipline or sub-field
  2. What is the highest level of education that you completed at an accredited institution of higher education?
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • All-But-Dissertation (ABD) in a Doctoral Program
    • Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD, JD, DBA, etc.)
Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcript A
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Teaching Philosophy
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Letter of Recommendation 3
  6. Internal Posting Form (Internal Applicants Only)
  7. Transcript B
  8. Transcript C
  9. Other (Licenses, Certifications, Etc.)




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Posted: 7/3/2019
Application Due: 7/17/2019
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