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Dallas, Texas
Posted Date
Nov 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Division of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs (CCPA) seeks candidates for a professor of practice to teach in the Division’s undergraduate programs beginning August 1, 2023.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in political communication; demonstrated expertise to teach communication theory, rhetoric, First Amendment, public speaking, and related political communication courses in public affairs, policy, press, and public opinion; demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher of undergraduate students; and a desire to contribute to the program’s national reputation. The program’s applied focus and level of executive, elected official, and professional interaction requires applicants with field experience and a network of contacts to enhance classroom learning.

Additional expertise desirable in: Political and/or other communication consulting and archival research.

Workload: The selected candidate will teach four courses each fall and spring semester including Communication Theory, Free Speech and the First Amendment, Rhetoric, Public Speaking, Principles of Political Communication, and other political communication courses.

SMU: Southern Methodist University is a private liberal arts university founded in 1911 and located in the heart of metropolitan Dallas, Texas. The university is nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Guide to Colleges. The area is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and the Bush Institute, providing ample opportunities for student internships, service-learning experiences, and research/consulting opportunities for faculty. Learn more about our programs and beautifully shaded campus of Georgian-Revival-inspired architecture at

The Division of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs: The Division houses two rigorous, selective undergraduate programs serving 120+ majors in the Meadows School of the Arts, two minors, and two graduate programs focusing on arts and nonprofit leadership. In addition to the B.A. in Public Relations and Strategic Communication that focuses on external corporate affairs, the Division’s B.A. in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs offers focus areas in organizational communication; political communication; nonprofit and arts leadership; and social innovation, creative, and arts entrepreneurship as part of CCPA’s mission to prepare students to take leadership roles in corporate, nonprofit, and governmental sectors. CCPA offers programs of study in London, Washington D.C., and Taos, NM; access to a 29-member Advisory Board of communication executives; and additional, compensated teaching opportunities in January, May, and summer terms. As CCPA expands its offerings, new graduate, professional, and executive education teaching opportunities will become available.

Application: CCPA uses Interfolio for applications. Upload letter of application highlighting candidate’s qualifications, curriculum vitae, evidence of university teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation to Questions regarding the search should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Chris Salinas at

To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by January 31, 2023, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decision after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. 

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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