Instructor/Assistant/Associate Professor of Digital Communication

Job Details

Job location: University Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-10-25
Req: R5845
Job Description Summary

Located in one of the nation’s fastest growing regions, Greater Tampa Bay area of Florida, Saint Leo University has been changing lives for more than 125 years. We have been recognized by the Chronicle of Education as a Great College to Work for and ranked in the top 15% in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of Best Value Schools, and in the 32% of Best Colleges for Veterans. Employees at Saint Leo University advance their careers in a rewarding and diverse environment that cultivates the leaders of tomorrow with the skills they need today.

The Tapia College of Business (TCOB) is the largest College in the University with more than 8,000 students in five multidisciplinary departments with 80 fulltime faculty and staff. TCOB offers degrees at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral level in a variety of formats: on-ground traditional residential campus, on-ground centers, online, and hybrid. TCOB pioneered the university’s first online doctoral program, the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in 2014. The TCOB houses the communication major which consists of three tracks: digital communication, digital media influencer and communication studies. The TCOB has outstanding resources for the communication major including a state-of-the-art Mac Lab that houses 20 mac computers equipped with the latest version of Adobe Creative Suite, two smart boards, 15 Bamboo Tablets, DSLR cameras, professional lighting and all the supporting video equipment. TCOB is also the home of a state-of-the-art broadcast studio with audio room, engineering room and video production room. Saint Leo University has a student run radio station, WLSL-LP 92.7 FM.

The Department of Marketing, Communication, Hospitality and Sport Business seeks well-qualified applicants for a full-time, Assistant Professor with expertise in the field of digital communication. This opening is for an assistant professor and is ideal for someone entering academia either directly from graduate school or industry. Applicants must be able to teach courses and have demonstrated knowledge and experience in video production, post production, photography, and graphic design. The ideal applicant will have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Applicants with a master degree will be considered at the non-tenure instructor rank.

The start date for this position will be either January 2022 or August 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately until position is filled. For consideration please submit application materials through Saint Leo University’s website.

The Department offers four undergraduate majors: marketing, communication with three tracks, international hospitality management, marketing and sport business. Additionally, the Department offers three specializations in the MBA program: marketing, social media marketing and sport business. It has several student organizations including an active and award-winning AMA student chapter and a chapter of the national communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. The Department has nine full-time faculty, an associate chairperson and a chairperson. The faculty pride themselves on their practice-oriented innovative teaching styles and inclusion of the University’s core values to keep their classes interesting, ethics-grounded, and engaging. The Department has an Industry Council with members representing communication and marketing businesses from the greater Tampa Bay area. The Council enriches our curriculum and provides opportunities in and out of the classroom for communication majors.

Applicants who are innovative and collaborative are encouraged to apply.
The faculty will have significant responsibility for teaching and advising communication undergraduate programs. The faculty member must be committed to the educational mission and core values of Saint Leo University, which include a demonstrated commitment to excellence, community, and responsible stewardship in education through practice and engagement. Faculty appointment is for nine (9) months with a normal teaching load of 12 credit hours per semester, based in Saint Leo, Florida. To be considered, candidates will have a Ph.D. in communication or closely related field. Applicants with a master degree will be considered at the non-tenure instructor rank.

Job Description

Duties and Tasks:

  • Teach undergraduate classes in digital communication
  • Support the development of online communication undergraduate courses
  • Teach traditional and non-traditional age students
  • Teach on-ground and online
  • Stay current in the field of digital communication through research, certifications, and/or professional development
  • Advise students
  • Support program recruiting and retention efforts
  • Support Departmental and TCOB initiatives
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Chairperson and/or Dean



  • A Doctorate degree in communication or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution with credentials to teach digital communication courses at the undergraduate level per accreditation guidelines (minimum of 18 graduate semester credits in communication) is required.
  • Expertise in digital communication, including video production, post production, photography and graphic design is required.
  • Applicants with a master degree will be considered at the non-tenure instructor rank.


  • Implement active learning strategies
  • Effectively use technologies to teach
  • Utilize online learning management systems, preferably Brightspace (D2L).
  • Utilize discipline-related computer programs, including digital communication software and equipment.
  • Engage the local business community and establish working relationships to benefit our students and curriculum
  • Undertake community service in keeping with the University’s Benedictine values


  • Communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate professional development
  • Interact and collaborate effectively with a diverse student and colleague community
  • Willingness to take initiative and thrive in a dynamic environment
  • Behave in keeping with Saint Leo University’s core values


In addition to your curriculum vitae, the following documents are required for consideration. Please be sure to check the email under which you applied for important instructions on completing the remaining steps, including uploading documents in the second step of the application packet process as follows:

  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Philosophy - (500 words or less), should highlight how your teaching philosophy and practices fit the Mission and Values of Saint Leo University.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation – All letters of recommendation should be professional references and at least one (1) from a recent superior. If you do not have those documents at the time of application, please upload a text or word document stating, "Recommendations will be sent independently." Recommendation letters can be mailed to Academic Affairs at the address stated below
  • Student Evaluations (six classes minimum) – Student evaluations from the last year (at least six classes, an even mix of graduate and undergraduate).


All official transcripts must be requested from the universities and/or colleagues attended and/or certified transcript evaluations/translations from World Education Services (WES) to be sent to the attention of Veronica Mantegna by email to or hardcopy to the following address:




PO BOX 6665


Full-time faculty positions are pending final budget approval prior to the start of the academic year.


The work environment characteristics described here are a representation of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of this position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office and University, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Saint Leo University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student, and graduate success.

Why Work at Saint Leo?

What it’s Like to Work Here: Ask our employees and the one word they’d use to describe working at Saint Leo University is “Community.” Our team members all share the Saint Leo core values, positive attitudes, and problem-solving abilities, enabling them to provide excellent student centered service. Our mission is educating and preparing students for life and leadership in a challenging world. Thank you for your interest in joining the Saint Leo PRIDE!

We are committed to providing our employees with the support they need. At Saint Leo, we offer an array of medical, dental, and vision packages as well as several add-on perks to make your benefits package truly customizable to you and your family needs. Available benefits based on employment status (Full Time vs Part Time).

  • Inclusive Group Health Plan (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Group Health Plan features include Teledoc, Surgery Plus!, Wellness Incentive Program, Nationwide Pet Insurance, just to name a few!
  • Health Reimbursement Account (University Paid!) and Flexible Spending Accounts (healthcare and dependent options)
  • Tuition Remission (Employee, Spouse, and Dependents)*
  • Tuition Exchange opportunity for dependent of employees*
  • Paid Personal Leave (Sick, Vacation, Holidays)
  • 403b - Annual match 3%-9% of pay based on employee’s contribution. University match and fully vested within one month of hire date.
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance valued at 30k (University Paid!)
  • Income Protection Benefits after one year
  • Additional options for supplemental insurance

*Eligibility based on meeting required service period


The opportunities at Saint Leo University are as diverse as our student population. As Florida’s first Catholic institution of higher learning, we offer more than 40 academic programs that meet the educational, spiritual, and professional goals of nearly 16,000 traditional-age and adult students. 

Nearly 2,000 students live and study at our University Campus in Saint Leo, FL, nestled in the rolling hills of West Central Florida, just 30 minutes north of Tampa.  Our students receive personalized attention in classes that tend to be small—14 students on average. They can choose from more than 40 undergraduate majors and specializations. Saint Leo University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, accounting, educationcriminal justice, instructional design, social work, theology, as well as the education specialist degree.  Certain graduate degrees may be earned online. 

Undergraduate students who work full-time or have personal responsibilities that prevent them from attending weekday classes can attend classes evenings and weekends through our convenient Adult Education Center at University Campus.

Another 14,000 students pursue degrees at our 50 education centers, offices, and teaching locations in seven states and through the Center for Online Learning.  

Throughout our history, Saint Leo has provided a solid liberal arts education grounded and based on the 1,500-year-old tradition of Benedictine values and welcoming people of all faiths. The university offers the latest state-of-the art technology to not only prepare students for careers as teachers and leaders, but also to bridge faculty and students from multiple locations for an enriched educational experience.  The university is also a leading provider of  higher education to our nation’s military.  By reaching out to students both near and far, Saint Leo lives up to its mission and its vision to be “a leading Catholic teaching university of international consequence for the twenty-first century."

The university offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision, as well as tuition remission.  The university also offers a comprehensive mentorship program in which each new faculty member is paired with an experienced faculty member from a different school.  The program includes personal, professional, and social components including frequent one-on-one meetings, mutual classroom observation, and social events.

In 2012, Saint Leo University received three workplace awards: Top 75 Places to Work in Tampa Bay 2012 by Tampa Bay Times; the 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award by the Florida Psychological Association; and the2012 Education Nonprofit of the Year by Tampa Bay Business Journal.

View “Over a Century of Excellence,” to learn more about Saint Leo University.

Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Saint Leo University.

Saint Leo University’s School of Business received initial accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) in September 1999. Saint Leo University’s degree program in social work is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (BSW level). Saint Leo’s undergraduate Sport Business program and MBA Sport Business Concentration are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). Saint Leo University has Teacher Education Programs approval by the State of Florida Department of Education.

Saint Leo University is committed to policies that ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, or disability. Saint Leo University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended). The University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer.

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