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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Sacred Heart University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 7, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Public Relations & Advertising
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description:

The School of Communication, Media and the Arts (SCMA) at Sacred Heart University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Communication Studies beginning fall 2022 to teach primarily in its Master's Degree in Strategic Communication and Public Relations.

The successful candidate will teach online and hybrid courses in one or more of the following areas: strategic communication; public relations; crisis communication; health communication; social media; media ethics; race, gender and media; and/or event planning. Curriculum and course development, student advising, and university service are also required. Experience in online and hybrid instruction is expected and a strong interest in program administration is also desired. We are especially interested in candidates who can make a positive contribution to Sacred Heart's educational mission, which "embraces a vision for social justice and educates students in mind, body and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community." 


A Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a related field by the time of appointment with a specialization in strategic communication and/or public relations preferred. 

Additional Information:

The School of Communication, Media and the Arts within the College of Arts and Sciences consists of three academic departments with seven undergraduate majors and five graduate degrees. SCMA's world-class facilities include film and television studios; motion capture, VR/AR/XR and post-production labs; a large Media Theater and presentation Forum; and technology-enhanced multimedia classrooms. SCMA is committed to providing an education that blends theory and practice, and strives to create lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and ethical communicators who also have the creative communication skills necessary to excel in their chosen careers. 

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn.campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges-2021 Edition, "Best in the Northeast" and Best Business Schools-2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater.

Application Instructions:

Apply by 11/5/21 for full consideration; applications will be accepted until position is filled. Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, examples of syllabi from courses taught (if available).  Three current letters of recommendation will be required if you are selected for a screening interview.  Application materials should be submitted electronically via this portal.  Official transcripts will be required at a later date. Please provide accurate contact information for three professional referees when prompted. Questions should be addressed to Dr. James Castonguay ( or Dr. Lori Bindig-Yousman (, Search Committee Co-Chairs. 

Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live are encourage

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