Organizational Communications Program Lead/Asst.Prof.of the
School of Professional Studies
Univ of Kansas Edwards Campus
Serve as an instructor in the Organizational Communications
Program. This position is responsible for teaching six courses
annually, typically three in the fall, two in the spring and one in
the summer. The courses must conform to the curricular needs of the
program. In addition to teaching courses, the incumbent should be
available to students for advising, consultation, and research
- Develop and teach six courses each year focused on the current
Org Comms curriculum and potential new courses
- Develop assignments, design class activities, respond to and
evaluate student work in a timely manner, assign grades. Adhere to
department, college, and university policies.
- Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes
taught. A minimum of three posted offices hours each week is
- Work collaboratively with faculty in the School of Professional
Studies to ensure that that curriculum continues to meet the needs
of our students, school, university, and transfer pipelines.
- Some teaching time may be used to supervise students involved
in internships, practicums, independent research, and/or directed
The Program Director will be responsible for providing leadership,
supervision, and administrative support for the Organizational
Program Coordination and
Campus Leadership (5%):
Course Staffing and Supervision (10%):
- Course Scheduling: In consultation with School of Professional
Studies leadership, coordinates the development of the course
schedules with Edwards Campus student needs in mind. Promotes best
practices in course scheduling based in part on student feedback.
Collaborates with the Academic Support Center and with directors of
partner programs for core courses, electives, and KU Core offerings
both in terms of semester offerings and time scheduling. Drafts a
two or three year course rotation plan for the degree program.
- Participates on the School of Professional Studies Academic
- Provides leadership for program planning including the annual
review each year.
Teaching Quality (5%):
- Develops plans for staffing of the courses to be taught with
the appropriate mix of faculty (teaching profession, professor of
practice, lecturer, GTA). Responsible for overseeing the hiring of
- Supervises faculty within Organizational Communications
- Promotes an inclusive team atmosphere for the program and the
campus by encouraging and inviting participation of the
Organizational Communications program faculty in professional
development opportunities and social events from the Edwards
Academic and Faculty support center, facilitating the communication
of program faculty with the Edwards Campus administration and
staff, facilitating communication within the program between
faculty to ensure course and program objectives are being met and
that student progress is being assessed.
- Coordinate practicum supervision
- Coordinate internship expectations and support for
Teaching quality; ensures that course
curriculum and pedagogy adheres to the School of Professional
Studies standards and expectations. Post-degree professional
preparation and student needs are also a priority for consideration
of teaching quality.
Recruitment and Advising (5%):
- Collaborates with Edwards Campus faculty governance and the
Academic Support Center to deliver Edwards Campus based teaching
- Ensures that teaching provides students both theory and
practical exposure to the discipline, including guest speakers,
service learning, internships, etc.
- Ensures continued relevance of the curriculum to meet student
needs and develops mechanisms to receive consistent feedback from
the relevant professional communities in the Kansas City metro
area, including advisory board and participation in professional
- Ensures that program objectives are being met through
developing and implementing program-level assessments and measures
of student success within and after completion of the program.
- Oversees elective approvals.
Oversees student recruitment
activities in collaboration with the academic success coach.
Defines professional career path advising and works with KUEC’s
Career and Experiential Learning Program Manager to provide career
services to student.
Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)
- Defines coordinated recruitment messages for the program and
- Determines enrollment goals and tracks data in relation to
- Participates in the development of recruitment plans.
- Participates in recruitment and orientation activities
coordinated by the recruiter/advisor and Edward Campus staff.
- Provides mentoring for students on career and educational
- Advises students on job hunting and professional
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Contact Information to Applicants
A complete application consists of:
- A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are
- 3 Professional References
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Application review will begin Monday, July 15th, 2022 and will
continue until a qualified pool of candidates is identified.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's
contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important
part of KU's mission. As a result, applicant will be presented the
following questions at the time of each application. Each response
must be within 4,000 characters or less.
- Describe your experiences working with people from diverse
backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your
commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
For Assistant & Associate Professor of the Practice, the
following are the required qualifications:
Applicants will also need the following for:
Assistant Professor of the Practice
- A Ph.D. in Communications Studies, or closely related field, is
expected by the start date of the appointment.
- At least one year experience teaching Organizational
Communication in higher education.
Associate Professor of the Practice
- At least three years experience doing communications,
organizational communications or Human Resources work.
- At least five years experience doing communications,
organizational communications or Human Resources work.
Advertised Salary Range
- Administrative experience in higher education/
- Demonstrated engagement with the organizational communications
or HR industry and community partners.
KU’s Organizational Communications graduate program is designed for
working professionals. The program includes an MA in Organizational
Communications as well as graduate certificates designed as
standalone programs or add-ons for KU students in a variety of
graduate degree programs.
All Professor of Practice positions, regardless of rank, are
non-tenured positions appointed for a three year period. Contracts
are renewable, based on results from annual performance
This position serves as the program leader for this academic
program, with primary responsibility for program leadership with
teaching responsibilities in the program. This is a 12-month,
This position serves the educational needs of a JCERT program.
Specific percentages of effort for JCERT are determined each
About the School of Professional Studies:
The University of Kansas School of Professional Studies facilitates
social mobility and equity by providing high-quality academic
programs, research activities and engaged learning initiatives to
meet local workforce, economic and student needs.
This academic unit is dedicated to serving the needs of transfer
and nontraditional students, a growing sector of post-secondary
enrollment for higher education both nationally and in the Kansas
City metro area. The school provides these working professionals
and transfer students with critical, in-demand programs to meet the
talent needs of employers in the Greater Kansas City area and
The school offers a variety of disciplines, course formats, class
schedules, student services, aid and more to meet the needs of
diverse students who may work full-time, have considerable
commitments outside of the classroom, have prior college-level
education or otherwise need a different approach to earning
Based at the KU
Edwards Campus in Overland Park
, which has predominately
served nontraditional students since 1993, the school is uniquely
positioned to offer pertinent programming and expert instruction
aided by close ties to area employers and industry experts. Here’s
a snapshot of KU Edwards Campus students.
- 51% undergraduate students, 49% graduate students
- 52% female, 38% male, 10% did not identify
- 64% work part-time, 36% work full-time
- Average student age is 27 years old
- 31% identified as an ethnic minority
- 25% were first-generation college students
At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and
belonging are an important part of our culture and university
strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented
groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to
our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The
successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the
effective date of the appointment.
Application Review Begins
Anticipated Start Date