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Health Communication and Marketing (Open Rank, Fixed Term)

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School of Journalism and Media - 350100

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Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Health Communication and Marketing (Open Rank, Fixed Term)

Appointment Type:

Fixed Term Faculty

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on experience and qualifications

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Be a Tar Heel!:

A global higher education leader in innovative teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities. Known for its beautiful campus, world-class medical care, commitment to the arts and top athletic programs, Carolina is an ideal place to teach, work and learn.One of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, Chapel Hill has diverse social, cultural, recreation and professional opportunities that span the campus and community.University employees can choose from a wide range of professional training opportunities for career growth, skill development and lifelong learning and enjoy exclusive perks for numerous retail, restaurant and performing arts discounts, savings on local child care centers and special rates on select campus events. UNC-Chapel Hill offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package, paid leave, and a variety of health, life and retirement plans and additional programs that support a healthy work/life balance.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The mission of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media is to prepare students to ignite the public conversation in our state, the nation and the world, and to understand the role of communication in fostering democracy. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, and administers a variety of professional development and distance-learning programs. Enrollment includes about 1,000 undergraduates and 130 graduate students in addition to professional development and distance education students. Our faculty members are international thought leaders whose scholarly and creative activities are visible and respected in the public realm.

Our faculty, staff, students and administrators work collaboratively to build and foster an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and accessible to people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and beliefs.

Position Summary:

The Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking an experienced professional and/or current educator in health communication and marketing to join the faculty and direct the newly established undergraduate health communication and marketing certificate program for a Fall 2024 semester start. This person will contribute to the school’s continued excellence in communication strategy, advertising, and public relations with a focus on health communication and marketing. Candidates will bring professional experience in integrated and data/tech-enabled health communications and marketing and help place the school at the forefront of one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

The Hussman School established the undergraduate health communication certificate program in memory of two-time alumna Lisa Stockman Mauriello (‘91, ’13 MA). Lisa’s passion to help people build healthier lives was inspiring and the School is privileged to be part of this enduring extension of her work and vision. Fundraising efforts on behalf of the Legacy for Lisa support the certificate program.

This professor will teach 6 courses per academic year (3 in fall, 3 in spring) including 2 courses each semester as part of the health communication and marketing certificate program and 1 course in advertising or public relations.

Candidates are expected to actively engage with health industry leaders and community partners to connect students with internship opportunities and bring thought leaders into the classroom as well as to develop relationships with other UNC professional schools innovating in the health space. This person is also expected to promote the certificate program to prospective applicants and oversee the admissions process. The director has dedicated programmatic funds at their disposal to support the certificate program.

The faculty member may also be asked to serve on or lead MA (Master of Arts) student thesis committees, in addition to serving on other school committees.

This is a fixed-term permanent faculty position. Depending on experience and education, the successful candidate will be hired as either a Teaching Faculty rank or as a Professor of the Practice.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in the same or closely related discipline as the courses taught, such as communication, public relations, advertising, or marketing. Master’s degree in related discipline not required, but strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will bring professional experience in health care communications marketing strategy and campaign execution, including digital media, public relations, and/or advertising, and will bring skills in the creation, execution, and evaluation of communications aimed at improving the health and well-being of patients, caregivers, and the greater community.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

The ability to teach students effectively in the classroom is of great importance. Prior experience in teaching university courses in strategic communication, public relations, advertising, or marketing at the undergraduate or graduate level is preferred. Leading presentations, seminars, or workshops with industry professionals can substitute for prior teaching experience. Candidates are encouraged to submit evidence of effectiveness, whether teaching university courses or presenting to industry professionals.

Experience with the pharmaceutical industry, health systems, managed care, not-for-profits and advocacy organizations is preferred. Demonstrated skills in the use of digital/social media and digital audience research and measurement within strategic programs are a strong plus. Candidates are encouraged to submit a portfolio demonstrating their related prior work.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

Please apply at and upload the following documents:

1. Curriculum vitae / resume;
2. Cover letter highlighting qualifications;
3. Teaching statement and/or evidence of teaching effectiveness;
4. Examples of professional work (optional, upload as “Other Document” ).

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide a list of names and contact information for two to three (2-3) professional references. If selected for an interview, your professional references will be contacted with a request to provide a letter of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on March 11, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Seth Noar, at


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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