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Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor, Journalism and Public Relations

Employer
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location
Charlotte, NC

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Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Number:

005330

Working Title:

Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor, Journalism and Public Relations

Classification Title:

9-Mo Non-Tenure Track Faculty

College:

Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)

Department:

Communication Studies

Position Designation:

Faculty

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

Months per year:

9

Primary Purpose of Department:

TheDepartment of Communication Studies has 27 full-time faculty with areas of emphasis in health communication; organizational communication; public relations; media and technology studies; and rhetoric, culture, and social change. The department serves approximately 870 majors and minors and 25 master’s students. The department’s primary mission is to provide high-quality instruction to its undergraduate and graduate students, and to contribute significantly to the understanding of communication issues as they affect people’s lives, especially in the Charlotte metropolitan region. Through teaching, scholarship and service the department is committed to serving diverse populations.

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Non-Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate teaching goals.

Teaching – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, and grading student work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor in journalism and public relations beginning August 15, 2024. Required qualifications include a master’s degree (for Lecturer rank) or terminal degree (for Assistant Teaching Professor rank) in journalism, public relations, or a related area of communication. Preferred criteria include education and/or work experience in journalism and public relations. This may include: industry experience in journalism and/or public relations; evidence of successful teaching in journalism and/or public relations; involvement or leadership in one or more relevant professional associations; knowledge and ability to teach media production in a variety of forms (e.g. graphic design, digital media, social media, video production); strong writing and editing skills; and a demonstrated desire to remain current with developments in the digital media ecosystem.

The department seeks a committed teacher who can situate themselves within the university’s Strategic Plan, which has a particular focus on engaging a diverse student body that includes many first generation, transfer, military, veteran, working, and non-traditional students. Finalists will be asked to discuss how their teaching practices engage students of different ages, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, identities, and abilities, helping to remove barriers in order to ensure the success of all students regardless of their entry pathway into the university.
Successful candidates will teach predominantly in-person undergraduate courses in journalism and public relations and may teach online courses as needed by the department. Journalism courses may include News Writing, Feature Writing, Editing, Visual Design, Digital Media, and topics courses in journalism. Public relations courses may include Principles of Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Ethics, Communication Campaigns, and topics courses in public relations. Successful candidates will teach four classes in the fall semester and four classes in the spring semester and will advise around 20 undergraduate students per year. The successful candidate will also serve on a small number of faculty committees and may be asked to advise a student pre-professional association.

Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned masters and/or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

Required qualifications include a master’s degree (for Lecturer rank) or terminal degree (for Assistant Teaching Professor rank) in journalism, public relations, or a related area of communication. Preferred criteria include education and/or work experience in journalism and public relations. This may include: industry experience in journalism and/or public relations; evidence of successful teaching in journalism and/or public relations; involvement or leadership in one or more relevant professional associations; knowledge and ability to teach media production in a variety of forms (e.g. graphic design, digital media, social media, video production); strong writing and editing skills; and a demonstrated desire to remain current with developments in the digital media ecosystem.

Special Notes to Applicants:

The review of applications will begin Nov. 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply electronically athttps://jobs.charlotte.edu/, position 5330. Please upload a cover letter responding to the qualifications listed above, a current CV, a teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Contact Craig Paddock (craig.paddock@charlotte.edu, search committee chair), or Dr. Dan Grano (dgrano@charlotte.edu, chair of the Department of Communication Studies) with questions.

As an affirmative action, equal opportunity and an ADVANCE Institution, UNC Charlotte is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.

Job Open Date:

10/06/2023

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Date Review of Applications will Begin:

11/15/2023

Proposed Hire Date:

08/15/2024

Organization

About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/sites/diversity.uncc.edu/files/media/Campus%20Plan%20for%20Diversity%2C%20Access%2C%20and%20Inclusion%202016.pdf

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:

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    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.

       

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