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  • Assistant Professor of Communication (Health and Strategic Communication) Department of Media, Design, and Communication
    Health Professions
    Marian University

    As a part of a diverse community of faculty and staff who represent many faith systems and worldviews, Marian University seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Communication (Health and/or Strategic Communication) to join the Department of Media, Design and Communication. The Assistant Professor of Communication will promote our Catholic Franciscan mission and identity by teaching courses in the newly created concentration of Health and Strategic Communication, including Introduction to Health and Strategic Communication, Strategic Writing for Communication, Communication Theory and Methods, and Communication Campaigns.

    The candidate should have a background in PR or advertising with a specialized interest in health communication . Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in public health, those who have media production expertise, and/or those who have experiences teaching/coaching speech and debate. For this position, we seek a candidate familiar with qualitative, quantitative, and/or network methods of inquiry.

    The successful candidate will support Marian University’s Catholic mission and identity by fostering student learning through innovative pedagogy, inclusive practices, and impactful research projects across the curriculum. The School of Global and Cultural Studies at Marian University is a collaborative and growing academic community committed to fostering student engagement, experiential learning, and market-ready graduates trained in the Liberal Arts. Marian University believes that recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty is essential for building an inclusive community. We therefore welcome and encourage applications across intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, cultures, and national origins.

    [b]Essential Duties and Responsibilities:[/b]
    [*]Actively engage the Catholic Franciscan mission and identity of Marian University by modeling the Franciscan Sponsorship Values and honoring the legacy of the founding congregation through transformative education, unity in diversity, leadership through service, integrating faith and life, and institutional policies
    [*]Teaching Load: 24 credits per academic year.
    [*]Organize at least one annual health/strategic communication campaign showcase.
    [*]Maintain an active research and publishing agenda.
    [*]Advise Communication majors and minors.
    [*]Mentor student research, internships, and publications.
    [*]Participate in department, school, and university-wide activities, projects, and recruitment programs.
    [*]Participate in the campus and university service life, including participation in faculty governance and co-curricular programs.
    [*]Contribute to a campus culture committed to professionalism, collegiality, and confidentiality.
    [*]Other duties as assigned.

    [b]Required Qualifications:[/b]
    [*]Ph.D. in Journalism, Communication, Mass Communication or other related fields with an emphasis on health/strategic communication.
    [*]Demonstrated excellence in teaching at a university level, especially health communication and campaign courses.
    [*]Evidence of ability to work with diverse students in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, culturally sustaining, and inclusive academic environment.
    [*]Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and able to collaborate with colleagues throughout the university and in the community.
    [*]Potential for ongoing research, publication, and activity in professional associations.
    [*]Prior editorial experience in media, public health, PR/advertising and/or coaching speech and debate is strongly desired.
    [*]Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of Marian University.
    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

    [b]For Consideration All Applications Require:[/b]
    [*]Cover Letter
    [*]Current CV or resume
    [*]Teaching Philosophy
    [*]Diversity statement
    [*]Complete course evaluations for at least two recently taught classes,
    [*]Digital portfolio of their strategic/health work.
    [*]Contact information of three professional references. The reference contact information must be entered after the application is submitted in the "My Presence" section of the applicant profile.
    [*]Responses to the supplementary mission & identity questions.
    Please Review Marian University’s Mission & Identity Statement before responding to the supplementary questions on your application:

    Marian University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

    For any questions, candidates may contact Dr. David Rusbasan at

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