Instructor of Communication, School of Communication & Mass Media

Missouri, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 18, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

PRIMARY DUTY: Teach courses in Communication, including an emphasis on one or more of the following areas: Organizational Communication, Public Relations, Strategic Communication, and Interpersonal Communication



  1. Teach 24-26 credit hours/year of communication courses during the fall and spring trimesters
  2. Advise students and work with student organizations
  • Participate in departmental and university governance
  • Teach one or more sections of the university’s general education hybrid communication course
  • Participate in research/scholarly activities that meet or exceed school standards
  • Perform other duties as assigned


            Education: Master’s degree in Communication or closely related field   

            Experience: Development and maintenance of a professional portfolio

            Other: Seeking energetic individuals committed to the shared vision of a multi-discipline professional school who will make a significant and ongoing contribution to our dynamic and progressive programs           


    WORKING CONDITIONS: Typical classroom and office equipment             


    EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Common classroom equipment and software   


    TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to complete essential functions in a  classroom setting and lift up to 20 pounds


    COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the city’s website at


    UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of more than 7,200 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.


    Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.


    The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.


    Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”


    For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit


    SALARY: Competitive market based


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled


    DATE AVAILABLE: August 2021    


    TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.


    APPLICATION MATERIALS: A complete application consists of: 1) a letter describing your teaching experience and suitability for the position; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) transcripts; and 4) a list of at least three references with contact information.


    Dr. Matt Walker, Director
    School of Communication & Mass Media
    800 University Drive
    Maryville, MO  64468
    Phone: 660-562-1173