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Visiting Professor in Strategic Communications Leadership

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
85004, Phoenix
commensurate with experience
Date posted
Jan 30, 2024

Visiting Professor in Strategic Communications Leadership

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking a strategic communications leader to serve as a Visiting Professor in Strategic Communications Leadership.

The Visiting Professor will join the award-winning and highly collaborative Cronkite School faculty, and will teach and mentor upper-level undergraduate and graduate journalism students pursuing degrees and careers in public relations, digital marketing, media relations, agency leadership and other strategic communications roles.

This is a part-time, benefits-eligible, visiting faculty appointment on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus. Dates of employment are August 1, 2024, through December 16, 2024.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Teaching an on-campus course for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in strategic communication leadership and ethics in the fall 2024 semester. This course meets 2.5 hours per week. It is a required course for all first-semester students in the Cronkite School’s new Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program.
  • Teaching one additional course, on campus or online, in the fall 2024 semester.
  • Holding at least two hours open for student meetings on campus per week for students to meet outside of class.
  • Engaging the larger Cronkite School/ASU community by participating in events and mentorship opportunities, as assigned in collaboration with the Cronkite School dean.

About the teaching assignment

Strategic Communication Leadership and Ethics is a 3-credit seminar course that provides a broad understanding of ethical communications practices in agency and corporate settings, and includes instruction in reputation management, corporate communications, brand management and stakeholder engagement in a digital context. The course was developed and previously taught by Professor of Practice Mark Hass, formerly President and CEO of Edelman U.S. The Visiting Professor will receive access to all of the previous course materials and is welcome to adapt them in collaboration with the director of master’s programs.

The second teaching assignment is flexible depending on the Visiting Professor’s professional experience. Options could include, but are not limited to, Strategic Communication Writing, Crisis Communication, Diversity in Digital Audiences or Media Law for Strategic Communications.

About the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication

The Cronkite School is proud to launch a new Master of Arts in Strategic Communication in fall 2024. The School has taught strategic communications courses for many years, offered as electives to students in the Master of Mass Communication and the Master of Arts in Sports Journalism programs. Now the School is offering the courses in one cohesive, three-semester program designed to accelerate careers in strategic communications practice and leadership. In the first semester, students will take Strategic Communication Leadership and Ethics as well as an 8-credit “boot camp” experience, incorporating content creation skills with text, photo, video, audio and social media elements. In the second semester, students will dive more deeply into strategic communications research and campaign development, as well as advanced skills electives. In the third semester, students complete Media Law for Strategic Communication as well as a capstone course experience within the Cronkite Agency or the School’s L.A. Content Studio.

About the Cronkite School

The Cronkite School is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier colleges of journalism and mass communication. The school fosters excellence and ethics among students as they master the professional skills they need to succeed in the media world of today and tomorrow.

The Cronkite School is located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus, in the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city, with additional centers in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The Cronkite faculty includes award-winning journalists, strategic communicators, digital media thought leaders, media entrepreneurs and world-class media scholars.

Cronkite offers bachelor’s degrees in journalism and mass communication, sports journalism, digital audiences, mass communication and media studies, and digital media literacy. The School offers master’s degrees in strategic communications, mass communication, sports journalism, investigative journalism and digital audience strategy as well as a PhD program in journalism and mass communication.

Date of employment: August 1, 2024, through December 16, 2024.

This appointment holds the faculty rank of Visiting Professor.


Required Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in strategic communications
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Desired Qualifications

  • Executive leadership experience
  • Experience in leadership for a national or global enterprise
  • Evidence of thought leadership in strategic communication or related disciplines
  • Experience teaching in a higher education environment and/or mentoring early-career professionals
  • Experience engaging Spanish-speaking audiences
  • A graduate degree

Application Instructions

Submission materials must include:

  1. A cover letter stating qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Contact information (name, address, email, telephone number) for three professional references

The applicant’s name should appear in each uploaded file name. Cover letters may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, senior associate dean Rebecca Blatt. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at:

Application deadline is Feb. 29, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at:

Successful candidates will demonstrate throughout their materials how their teaching, research, and service will contribute to the fulfillment of the ASU Charter.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
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