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Affiliate Faculty Advertising/Public Relations - School of Communcations (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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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 a 9-month, full-time, Affiliate Faculty position in the Advertising/Public Relations program to begin January 2019. 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.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: Evidence of excellence in teaching at the university level is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience in the field of advertising and public relations, particularly in the areas of emerging technology and writing. Additionally, the ability to make strong connections in the community for project-based experiential learning is a plus. A record of active involvement in professional or academic communications associations is preferred.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: The successful candidate will teach five (5) courses per semester across the advertising/public relations curriculum, with particular need for those able to teach technology in advertising and public relations, fundamentals, and writing.

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 1,000 students, with 500 in Advertising and Public Relations.  

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 the 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.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

Application Deadline Date: Review of candidates will begin October 15, 2018.

Grand Valley State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for racial and ethnic minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. University policy extends protections to additional identities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

How To Apply: Apply online at 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.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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