Assistant/Associate Professor of Communication Arts in Strategic Communication


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Union University seeks a qualified individual for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of Communication Arts in Strategic Communication.

The Communications Arts Department is a vibrant and creative community with around 100 majors in Communication Studies, Digital Media Communications, Journalism, Film Studies, Public Relations, and Theatre.  The department houses the award-winning Cardinal & Cream campus news source and magazine, an active Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, the Bulldog Communication Group student-run firm, the national-championship Union University Debate Team, an NBS/AERho chapter, and the Union Film Society.

Reports to:      Chair of Communication Arts

Supervises:      n/a

Essential Job Functions

Instruction and Primary Duties

  • This position’s primary focus is teaching courses in strategic communication across the majors in the Communication Arts department through the lens of a Christian worldview. The successful candidate is expected to teach a mix of lower- and upper-level courses that span public relations, social media, communication theory, public speaking, and other classes based on the candidate’s experience and research specialties.
  • Responsibilities will include the general core communication course and ideally coaching competitive speakers to expand the current IPDA national championship debate team.
  • Facilitate/guide the progress of students toward achievement of course and program outcomes. Define clear learning outcomes.
  • Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations and submit grades and records by established deadlines.
  • Demonstrate interest in the personal and professional growth of students. Maintain effective interpersonal relationships with students.  Demonstrate concern for student progress.
  • Maintain regular on-campus office hours for student accessibility outside the classroom, providing ample periods of time for counseling and mentoring students in matters related to academic success, life goals, and spiritual development.
  • Schedule, supervise, debrief, and evaluate students in clinical, internship, observation, field experience, and similar settings as appropriate for the course or program.
  • Complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Submit budget requests and post textbook information for assigned courses by the posted deadlines.
  • Participate in assessment activities associated with taught courses by collecting data on student learning outcomes when appropriate, and engaging in department activities associated with the analysis and application of those data for the purposes of continuous improvement of the program.


Professional Development

  • Pursue scholarly growth on an ongoing basis, both within and outside the subject discipline, in the academic profession.
  • Remain current in academic or program discipline, including participation in professional organizations and scholarly activities; attending and presenting at professional conferences meetings, workshops, and/or conventions; and maintaining licensure, certification, or continuing education requirements where appropriate.
  • Maintain a commitment to academic scholarship through the engagement of intellectual inquiry to further the field of Communication Arts.
  • Continue to develop online teaching methods, including broadening skills using Canvas, Turnitin, Studio, and other virtual classroom tools. Continue to improve online instruction and update content periodically.



  • Participate in the life of the University, which may take the form of sponsorship or chaperonage of student organizations or activities and attendance at academic, cultural, and athletic events.
  • Serve on standing or ad-hoc committees, advisory boards, and hiring committees.
  • Attend departmental, divisional, and college-wide meetings. Participate in faculty business meetings and forums.
  • Participate in religious emphases and activities sponsored by the University for personal enrichment and as an example and encouragement to colleagues and to students, including regular attendance at Chapel services.
  • Mentor and/or assist in orienting new faculty either formally or informally.
  • Be available to faculty and students for consultation in one’s area of expertise.
  • Assist with Pre-Registration, Registration, and New Student Orientation as assigned. When called upon, function as an official academic advisor, counseling students about course, academic sequence, and program selection.
  • Take part in campus and community activities related to the discipline.
  • Participate in fall convocation and commencement exercises, as well as other ceremonies appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline or program.
  • Apply Christian standards and attitudes in relationships among cohorts, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Contribute to a positive work climate and team effort within the school.
  • Maintain effective interpersonal relationships with full and part-time faculty, staff, and all other persons having a direct impact on the program.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a terminal degree in Communication, Strategic Communication, Public Relations or a related field is required. ABD candidates will be considered.  Effective teaching experience, evidence of scholarly potential, and a passion for teaching are also required.  Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in multi-platform strategic communication and/or competitive speech and forensics.

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University’s Identity, Mission, and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.