Assistant Professor - Strategic Communication, Digital
School of Communication
NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity,
vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by
delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication:
Northern Arizona University is seeking a teacher-scholar with a
commitment to impactful research to join its academic community and
support its mission to transform lives and enrich communities
through high-quality academics and impactful scholarship, creative
endeavors, and public service. Qualified applicants are invited to
apply for this tenure-track appointment which will begin August
2023 at the rank of Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Strategic
Communication: Digital Advertising.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated research and teaching
expertise in advertising or paid media. Integrated marketing,
content marketing, social media and internal communications
experience is beneficial, as well as understanding of the
Hispanic/Latine audience. The position requires a Ph.D. (or ABD
considered) in Communication or related discipline with potential
for a robust research agenda, collaborative research and successful
scholarly grant initiation, development and submission.
Candidates should have strong training and experience in digital
advertising and strategic communication that includes one or more
of these areas: programmatic advertising and behavioral targeting;
artificial intelligence, machine-learning, big data and
advertising; social media advertising; computational research
approach to data analysis; human-computer interaction research on
artificial intelligence advertising; or mobile consumer research,
user experience, augmented reality and virtual reality. The ideal
candidate would also be familiar with using data-driven advertising
and strategic communication for social justice and equity.
The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a related field by
August 23, 2023, the start date at Northern Arizona University;
significant academic and professional experience in digital
advertising, strategic communication, or media-related
data/metrics; and the potential to be an outstanding teacher and
productive scholar. Research agenda should include a focus on
digital advertising focused on the Hispanic/Latine community.
Preference will be awarded to candidates with professional
experience in digital advertising with a focus on the
Latine/Hispanic communities. Professional experience and/or a
research agenda focused on political advertising is also
This new faculty member will teach and refine courses at the
undergraduate and graduate levels related to advertising,
including: STR 373 New Media Engagement, STR 446/546 Social Media
Analytics & Management and ADV 310 Advertising Media Selection
along with developing courses in such areas as: Programmatic Media,
Artificial Intelligence Advertising, Mobile Advertising,
Advertising/Public Relations Research and Analytics, Big Data
Research and Applications for Advertising and Influencer
1. Ph.D. in Communication or related discipline (including
advertising, public relations, social media, marketing, content
marketing or other related area). An ABD will be considered with
evidence of the degree to be conferred by August 2023.
2. Evidence of college or university level teaching experience
(minimum 1 year), including teaching and course design.
3. Research agenda that includes the study of strategic
communication and digital advertising focused on Hispanic/Latine
communities and/or other underrepresented communities
(marginalized, minority, first-generation, LGBTQIA, individuals
with disabilities, etc.).
4.Evidence of commitment to diversity: scholarship and experience
focused on issues of diversity or diverse populations; working with
diverse populations on campus and in the community.
1. Record of scholarly publications and/or presentations in
competitive, peer-reviewed journals or academic conferences.
2. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues on
research, teaching, and/or department programs.
3. Evidence of success in securing external research funding and/or
proposed ideas for pursuing funding opportunities.
4. Evidence of teaching and student-related responsibilities, which
could be indicated by mentorship experience, student course
evaluations, annual reviews, sample syllabi, peer reviews,
5. At least 2 years professional experience related to strategic
communication (advertising, public relations, social media,
marketing, content marketing or other related area) that includes a
focus on Hispanic/Latine audiences.
6. Evidence of research or professional experience with political
advertising and strategic communication in the digital
7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a diverse
university community, including Hispanic/Latine cultures.
Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569,
including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and
the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.
Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment,
NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the
features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU
carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty
and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members
are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve
academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and
equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion
While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide
range of graduate programs and research that extend to such
national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our
institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with
distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn
Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural
diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks,
Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of
Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.
With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff
is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions
include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon,
Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the
following: a criminal background investigation, an employment
history verification and a degree verification (in some cases)
prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a
fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the
state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal
E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new
employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year
Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report
. The report is a result
of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery
reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed
calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU
uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report
crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the
Fire Safety Report
is combined with the Annual
Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this
campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire
safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing
and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you
would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the
NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the
department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.
Commensurate with experience.
This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit
package including generous health, dental and vision insurance;
participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the
Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10
holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and
qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is
available at the NAU HR
. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable
according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service
. Employees offered a
position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's
BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll
in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first
day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a
new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the
long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on
the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New
employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan
(ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on
the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term
disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first
day of the pay period following election. More information about
NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR
This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of
applications will begin on February 27, 2023.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at
the end of the job description if viewing this position through the
NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply,
proceed to nau.jobs
follow the 'Current Openings' links, locate vacancy
, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the
Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your
particular qualifications for this position, addressing minimum and
preferred qualificaitons; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement
of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and
(5) names and contact information for three references. Save all
items as PDF and/or Word documents.
If you need assistance completing your application there are
instructions available on the HR website
or in person in the Human Resources
Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner
of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable
accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact
the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, DR@nau.edu
, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or
compensatory time for additional time worked.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities,
veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements
NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps,
and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.
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