The ACEJMC-accredited School of Journalism and Strategic Communication at Ball State University (BSU) offers undergraduate majors in strategic communication: advertising, strategic communication: public relations, media design and development, journalism education, and journalism with concentrations in photojournalism, magazine media, news writing and reporting, as well as graduate programs in journalism, public relations, and emerging media design and development. The School’s innovative curricular approach and exceptional co-curricular opportunities promise to graduate advertising and public relations professionals prepared for the strategic communication careers of the future. The Holden Strategic Communication Center is the state-of-the-art home to the School’s student agency, McKinley Ave. The agency works in cooperation with BSU student media including the Daily News (print and online newspaper), Ball Bearings (print and online magazine), NewsLink Indiana (television newscast), and Byte (online entertainment magazine), which are housed in the Unified Media Lab. The Center for Emerging Media Design and Development is the School’s interdisciplinary storytelling lab that combines human-computer interaction, usability and user experience, design thinking, and transmedia storytelling to develop innovative strategic communication projects. Faculty research interdisciplinary topics in usability and user experience, virtual and augmented reality, mass communication, and storytelling both individually and cooperatively utilizing wide-ranging methods including eye tracking and psychophysiology in the School’s Unified Research Lab.
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Description: The School of Journalism and Strategic Communication invites applications for a full-time, tenured Associate/Full Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Strategic Communication Program position available August 2022.
Primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic communication, administration of the Strategic Communication undergraduate programs in advertising and public relations, publishing peer-reviewed scholarship, and service to the college and university.
The successful incumbent may have the opportunity to seek appointment as the inaugural Marilyn Weaver Faculty Fellow. The fellowship, which may be renewed for up to three years, offers a supplementary salary stipend and additional financial support for scholarship and/or projects.
Duties and Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities for the tenured Associate or Full Professor include administration of the Strategic Communication undergraduate programs in advertising and public relations; as well as, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic communication: advertising and public relations majors; publishing peer-reviewed scholarship; and service.
As coordinator of the undergraduate program, the candidate would annually receive a course reassignment for leadership and administration of the undergraduate strategic communication program. Duties of the coordinator include, but are not limited to enrollment management (i.e., recruiting, retention, and graduation exit interviews); curricular leadership (i.e., proposing new courses, maintaining primary course syllabi, processing curricular changes); advising student agencies and organizations; managing strategic communication alumni engagement; and assessing the undergraduate program (i.e., managing capstone course evaluations and exit exams).
Minimum Education: Ph.D. in advertising, public relations, journalism, mass communications, or closely related field from an accredited institution.
Minimum Experience: Eligible for appointment or holding rank of Associate Professor with Tenure in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. At least 2 years of administrative experience in higher education including leadership of an academic unit, program, major, or concentration including curriculum development/review and assessment.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Eligible for appointment or holding rank of Professor with Tenure in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. At least five years of administrative experience in higher education including leadership of an academic unit, program, major, or concentration including curriculum development/review and assessment.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/29380. Include the following documents with your application: cover letter and curriculum vitae addressed to search Natalee Seely. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.
The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through March 20, 2022.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit: https://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/HumanResources/Jobs/Benefits-and-Community/Faculty
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.