School/College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication Studies
Location: Azusa Campus
Description: The Azusa Pacific University Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a Director of the new MA in Strategic Communication, which will launch in Fall 2019, and graduate and undergraduate courses in his/her area of specialization, across the public relations, communication studies, and journalism programs. Position begins Fall 2019 (with potential of Spring or Summer 2019 start).
The department houses three majors - public relations, journalism, and communication studies - 12 full-time faculty, nearly 25 part-time/adjunct faculty, and approximately 400 major and minor undergraduates. The department engages a nationally competitive forensics team, a national honors society (Lambda Pi Eta), the APU PRSSA chapter, and a student-run PR agency. As part of the journalism program, the department supports a convergent/integrated media environment. “ZuMedia” includes a digital and traditional student newspaper, digital and traditional magazine, a television/online studio, and an online radio station. Position subject to final funding.
Specialization: Specialization in Strategic Communication and/or Public Relations
This full-time faculty member will serve as the founding director of a new graduate program in Strategic Communication. Through the implementation of the new graduate degree, the program director will ensure academic excellence, coordinate the curriculum and faculty assignments of the program, promote partnerships that support student learning and enrollment growth, and oversee graduate student academic advising. In addition, this faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate courses across the department with consideration given to specialization.
In particular, the graduate program director will:
Advance the APU mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Recruit and retain excellent graduate students.
Ensure instruction is conducted with academic integrity and rigor through a robust program of assessment.
Ensure program compliance with accreditation standards.
Supervise assigned support staff.
Participate in faculty recruitment and evaluation.
Collaborate with key campus and industry partners.
Maintain ongoing relationships with communication industry corporations and professional organizations.
Coordinate graduate class scheduling.
Coordinate full-time and adjunct faculty teaching assignments in the graduate program.
Manage the budget of the graduate program.
Support student success and retention by working with other team members, faculty and advisors, while maintaining confidentiality of vital information.
Other duties as assigned by the Chair and/or Dean.
May be needed to work at alternative Regional Campuses or Sites.
Other duties include advising students, participating on committee assignments at the department and university levels, carrying out a program of scholarly research, and participating in all faculty meetings. Commitment to the university’s faith statement is required of all candidates.
Level: Associate or Full Professor
Qualifications: Ph.D in Communication (or related field), experience developing or leading a graduate program, and a commitment to teaching excellence in the liberal arts. Candidates must also adhere to Azusa Pacific University’s Evangelical Christian tradition. Faculty members are required to sign a “Statement of Faith” (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe) and adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook.
Experience: Prior experience teaching at the collegiate or university level required, experience teaching at the graduate level preferred.
Workload: Full-time. Responsible for 24 units in the Fall-Spring semesters, which includes 18 units of teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level and 6 units of program administration. Summer responsibilities include program administration, including recruitment, advising, and student project supervision.
Hire Date: Position begins Fall 2019, with an option of an early start in Spring or Summer 2019. Position will remain open until filled.
Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.
Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.
Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.