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School of Communications-Advertising and Public Relations (Affiliate Professor) - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Apply now Job no: 492680
Work type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The School of Communications at Grand Valley State University seeks applicants for an Affiliate Faculty position in the Advertising/Public Relations program to begin August 2018. Individuals will be appointed for one academic year on a full-time basis. The initial appointment may be renewed once for an additional academic year, followed by three-year terms pending successful review.

Required Qualifications and Education:
Applicants must possess a master’s degree in advertising/public relations, communications, or related field and significant professional experience in the advertising/public relations field. Evidence of excellence in teaching at university level is required.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:
Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience in strategic communication and media planning skills along with strong digital experience and knowledge of emerging technologies. Additionally, the ability to make strong connections in the community for project-based experiential learning and high impact teaching using Design Thinking methods is a plus. A record of active involvement in professional or academic communications associations is preferred.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
The successful candidate will teach 5 courses per semester, or 4 courses with an advising load equal to 1 course, depending on program needs. Candidate will teach across the advertising/public relations curriculum and will be expected to teach media planning and to integrate digital components into curriculum where needed.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

Department/Division: The GVSU School of Communications ( places a premium on commitment to the integration of liberal and professional education. The School, located in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers a core of courses in communications, after which students select a major in Advertising/Public Relations, Communication Studies, Health Communication, or Multimedia Journalism. The School also offers a Master’s in Communication. The School of Communications has more than 1,100 students.  

Campus: Grand Valley State University offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 25,000 students. The university is located in West Michigan, with access to the urban amenities of metropolitan Grand Rapids area as well as the scenic environment of the Lake Michigan shoreline. There are ample opportunities to engage the professional community and enjoy a positive quality of life.

Application Deadline Date: November 10, 2017

How To Apply: Apply online at and click “Apply now”. Candidates should prepare: (1) a letter of interest addressing relevant qualifications and experience; (2) a current CV (that includes clear dates, titles and descriptions of any previous courses taught at the university level, and a website link to examples of professional/creative work; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) the names, email addresses and current telephone numbers of three references and (5) graduate transcripts. The online system will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance or have questions, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

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