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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Strategic Communication

Columbia University School of Professional Studies
New York City, New York
Commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Oct 13, 2022
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The School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Columbia University invites applications for full-time positions at the rank of Lecturer in Discipline or Senior Lecturer in Discipline to teach in the MS program in Strategic Communication. 

This position will begin on July 1, 2023. This is a full-time appointment with a multi-year renewal contingent on successful review. 

We are seeking dynamic experts in the field of communication with the ability to interpret and translate academic theory into practice, and demonstrated capability to teach multiple core and elective courses with a focus on the following curriculum themes:

  • Strategic communication strategy and leadership

  • Digital communication strategy and analytics (social media, SEO/SEM, new media trends)

  • Market research, audience insight, planning

  • Integrative Capstone course

The successful candidate must have demonstrated capability to teach in multiple modalities including face-to-face, synchronous and asynchronous online, and hybrid. Expertise in instructional technology is expected. Student populations include emerging to experienced professionals, studying in full-time, part-time, and executive formats.

The successful candidate may be asked to serve in an administrative capacity for the MS program and therefore must have leadership qualifications and experience. Responsibilities include leading programmatic efforts, strategic planning for the program, such as marketing, enrollment, student life, and alumni affairs and professional development opportunities for students.

The successful candidate should be capable of advancing the program's academic mission.  Additional responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: advising, active participation in curriculum and program development and evaluation; designing and teaching classes in collaboration with other program faculty; participating in faculty recruitment and evaluation; enhancing the program's reputation and expanding its network, and development and execution of strategies to support students as they transition to alumni; serving on SPS- and University-wide governance and other committees.


A BA/BS degree is required. A doctoral degree is strongly preferred.

Candidates at the rank of Lecturer in Discipline are expected to have teaching experience, documented evidence of excellence, and evidence of professional growth and activity in the given field.

Candidates at the rank of Senior Lecturer in Discipline are expected to have substantial experience and accomplishments, and a superlative record of teaching as a lecturer, and documented evidence of excellence in carrying out administrative or other department responsibilities. 

Preferred Qualifications

Ideal candidates will hold a doctoral degree in communication or a related field. Candidates should have a background as a practitioner and a scholar, including at least eight years of applied experience working as an organizational leader with accountability for delivering strategic communication plans. Successful candidates will exhibit a commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, instructional design, and engaged scholarship. They will have a demonstrated record of collaboration and collegiality, share our core values of respect and professionalism, and help build a culture of academic rigor and care for students.  Finally, the ideal candidate will exhibit a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the classroom and professional practice.

Application Instructions  

Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 18, 2022 to receive full consideration, although application review will begin immediately. 

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system.

Please upload the following required materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Writing Sample(s)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation (solicited from a list of references provided)
  • Teaching Evaluations
  • Research Abstract (optional)
  • Publication(s) (optional)

Columbia University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


Columbia University has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world for more than 250 years. At the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries, and service to society.

The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University offers innovative and rigorous programs that integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, combine theory with practice, leverage the expertise of our students and faculty, and connect global constituencies. Through eighteen professional master's degrees, courses for advancement and graduate school preparation, certificate programs, summer courses, high school programs, and a program for learning English as a second language, the School of Professional Studies transforms knowledge and understanding in service of the greater good.

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