Assistant Professor of Mass Communication

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

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Assistant Professor of Mass Communication


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Salary Information:

Salary commensurate with experience

Department Summary:

At the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences we serve the needs of all students, traditional and non-traditional. We are committed to the values of diversity, creativity, leadership, integrity and lifelong learning. These values are the foundation of the University’s mission to empower students, transform lives, and strengthen communities.
Our faculty excel in teaching, research, and service. The faculty are recognized for their innovative pedagogy and expertise. They are committed to student-centered educational opportunities that provide career-ready skills and lifelong learning. Our curriculum builds foundational knowledge required for all academic degree programs at the University, emphasizing communication skills, analytical reasoning, leadership, and independent thought. The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to innovative programs that prepare our students to compete effectively in a rapidly changing job market or to pursue post-graduate education.

Position Summary:

The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for a full-time generalist position in Mass Communication, beginning Fall 2021. This tenure-track position is being offered at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to achieve excellence in teaching and to help lead development of the UNT Dallas Communication and Technology Department, which offers the B.A. degree with tracks in digital production, strategic communication, communication studies, and sports communication. This new faculty member will provide leadership in developing curricula, service and experiential learning opportunities, academic and community partnerships, and internships in nonprofit, media, and for-profit sectors throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The successful candidate will be expected to help develop the Communication and Technology major as a premier, highly visible program at UNT Dallas.
We are particularly interested in student-centric, innovative, and energetic candidates who can help lead the development of UNTD’s Communication and Technology Department through program development, student recruitment, and community outreach. We seek an experienced academic leader who can contribute to the Communication and Technology program by teaching a range of courses in mass communication, as well as other communication areas. This new faculty member will also be responsible for developing online courses, a student communication club, and collaborative relationships with area mass communication organizations and agencies, broadcasters, community colleges, high schools, radio stations, and other communication entities. Professional experience in the communication field would be a plus.

UNT Dallas offers faculty the unique opportunity to help shape the character of a 21st century, learner-focused, urban comprehensive university. The Communication and Technology program currently includes a Speaking Center and online student radio station. The university completed a new academic building in June 2019, which features a 6,000 square-foot media production suite and radio station. It is our goal to build a state-of-the-art Communication and Technology Department in one of the country’s premier media markets, providing training, networking, and direct access to jobs for our graduates.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Expectations for tenure track faculty at UNT-D include excellent teaching, research, and service, resulting in contributions equivalent to a four-course load each semester. This workload expectation can be fulfilled through a combination of teaching, high quality research and scholarship, service, and program development. Faculty are also expected to participate in such service activities as curriculum development, online course development, student recruiting and advising, program assessment, project development, program leadership, coordinating service learning, and committee leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Ph.D. in mass communication, strategic communication, digital production, or other closely related field; or MFA in media production, visual communication, graphic design, or other closely related field
•Evidence or demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching a range of mass communication courses, such as Introduction to Mass Communication, Computer Graphics, Creative Concepts, Strategic Communication Campaigns, Visual Communication, Public Relations Case Studies, Sports Broadcasting, and Crisis Communication
•Experience or demonstrated potential for developing collaborative community partnerships
•Experience or demonstrated potential in building, maintaining, and supervising a broad-based student internship program
•Evidence or demonstrated potential for excellence in scholarship
•Evidence or demonstrated potential for leadership in academic program development
•Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience in curriculum development
•Evidence or demonstrated potential for excellence in online teaching and developing and implementing service learning and experiential learning programs
•Experience in building and supervising student organizations
•Experience in professional communication, such as public relations, advertising, media production, sports communication, journalism, or health communication
•Academic experience working on a university campus with a culturally diverse population

Physical Requirements:

Carrying, Lifting up to 25 pounds, Sitting, Squatting, Stooping, Bending, Standing, Twisting, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Talk or Hear

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Posted: 10/28/2020
Application Due: 4/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time