The Communication Program of the Department of Communication & Theatre Arts at Old Dominion invites applications for a Lecturer in Strategic Communication, beginning in July 2023. The ideal candidate would have a combination of academic and practical experience in the discipline, with skill sets encompassing advertising, sales, marketing, and public relations. Experience that reflects a commitment to inclusivity and supporting traditionally marginalized communities would be considered an asset.
The lecturer position would feature a 4/4 teaching load, including classes such as (but not limited to) Introduction to Strategic Communication, Strategic Communication Writing, Public Relations and Crisis Communication and other professionally focused course offerings. Expertise in instruction and practice with video, graphics, social and other multimedia competencies will be given significant consideration. Candidates should articulate their commitment to teaching in a diverse student and campus population and the ways in which they center inclusive teaching and learning practices in face-to-face and online environments. The position will serve departmental and programmatic initiatives such as promotion of internships, advanced strategic communication agency-type work, and service learning, among others.
The position will also include a lead advising role with the department’s strategic communication student organization, ODU PRSSA.
- Master’s or doctoral degree in Communications or a related field
- Ability to teach in two or more of these course areas: strategic communication writing; strategic communication tactics; multimedia strategic communication; social media for organizations; crisis and communication
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Professional experience in strategic communication, public relations, or a related field; and
- Demonstrated commitment to mentoring non-traditional students and teaching at a minority-serving institution.
- Experience teaching in both face-to-face and online formats
- Proficiency with industry standard software, desktop editing and graphic design
- Experience mentoring student groups
- Candidates with experience teaching at the post-secondary level and, especially, experience working professionally in public relations, integrated marketing communications, or advertising strongly preferred.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should upload all application materials to https://jobs.odu.edu/postings/17398. Application materials should include a letter of application that a) addresses qualifications, b) provides a description of teaching philosophy and approaches, and c) discusses their commitment and approach to ensuring diverse, inclusive, and equitable classrooms and work environments. Candidates should include a curriculum vitae, samples of teaching materials and professional strategic communication work samples that address the needs of this position, unofficial graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information of three references (references will be contacted through the application system to provide a recommendation letter once the application is submitted). The search committee may ask for more materials as needed. Application review will begin on November 30, 2022 and continue until the position has been filled. Further questions can be sent to the Search Committee Chair Dr. Brendan O’Hallarn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. Through a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research, the University focuses on student learning and addresses critical needs in the professions. ODU’s programs are offered on the main campus, at higher education centers in the region, and at numerous distance learning sites.
It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.