Assistant Professor OR Instructor of Digital Media/Mass Media, School of Communication & Mass Media

Missouri, United States
Competitive Salary
Apr 06, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

PRIMARY DUTY: A nine-month teaching position responsible for providing instruction within the School of Communication & Mass Media. The successful candidate will teach lower and upper division courses in Digital Media and to develop/or restructure courses to match industry needs. This position is flexible in terms of teaching focus; we are looking for a candidate who fits our Digital Media program, but exact courses taught will depend upon the skills of the candidate. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching within a comprehensive state university, engagement in student and university service, and the promise of scholarly achievement.



  1. Teach one course that covers these digital media topics: UX, Google Analytics, content flowcharts and wireframing.
  2. Teach at least two of the following areas: basic media design principles with an emphasis on information and communication design; basic social media marketing principles with a client focus; writing social media content; SEO principles.
  3. With the help of other digital media faculty, act as a liaison with other departments in this interdisciplinary major.
  4. Have familiarity with multiple delivery systems, including blended, online, and distant learning formats.
  5. Have familiarity with advising students in undergraduate course programs and in application for graduate programs and employment opportunities.
  6. Have familiarity or experience working with diverse populations or completed coursework demonstrating understanding of diverse populations.
  7. Have familiarity with developing academic programs.
  8. Provide department service, including student organization assistance and sponsorship.
  9. Provide university service, including committee work.
  10. Have experience in any area of digital media.
  11. Creative/scholarly research in academic field.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.


        Education: ABD or Doctoral degree for Assistant Professor OR Master’s degree for Instructor in the field of Communication, Mass Media or related fields    

        Certification/License: Driver’s license

        Experience: Successful teaching experience and/or relevant experience in the field

        Skills: High-level knowledge of User Experience (UX) principles, including content flow chart and wire framing; high-level knowledge of Google Analytics             


WORKING CONDITIONS: Consistent with Mass Media area goals, the candidate should be able to facilitate media development from conceptual design through content delivery. The School of Communication and Mass Media is a collegial, team-based modern academic environment with current video and audio equipment. Each faculty member has an individual office with internet access, and is provided a University laptop.     


EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Normal classroom equipment  


TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to complete essential functions in the classroom and the ability to 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


SCHOOL: The School of Communication and Mass Media offers seven degree programs that span the communication and mass media disciplines, covering advertising, applied advertising, broadcasting and production, interactive digital media, multimedia journalism, public relations, organizational and interpersonal communications, speech/theatre education, and sports media.


SALARY: Competitive market based


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of application files will begin April 15, 2021




TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit the application materials listed below in order for the application process to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.


APPLICATION MATERIALS: Resume/curriculum vita, letter of application, contact information for three professional references, evidence of teaching success/potential, and unofficial transcripts



        Dr. Matt Walker, School Director

        School of Communication & Mass Media

        Northwest Missouri State University

        Wells Hall 238

        800 University Drive

        Maryville, MO  64468