Southwest Minnesota State University

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

United States

Closing in 350 days

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Working Title Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Hire Types Faculty Division Academic and Student Affairs Department College of Arts, Letters and Sciences Unit Fine Arts and Communication Location Marshall, MN FLSA Exempt Full/Part Time Full Time FTE 1 Employment Condition Fixed Term Work Shift Work Schedule/Hours/Days Posting Details Salary Minimum Salary Maximum Salary Type Per Credit Bargaining Unit/Plan Job Description

SMSU's Assistant Professor of Communication Studies is a full-time, fixed term faculty position. Responsibilities include teaching courses in the Broadcasting/Media major as well as other areas. In keeping with the philosophical position of the program, this individual would also be responsible for teaching COMM 110(general education offering) on a regular basis. In addition, this position will assist in advising the Broadcasting and Digital Media Activities of the program, advise the SMSU Media Production Club (and student chapter of BEA), supervise the Media Creation Lab (part of SMSU's Center for Online Teaching and Learning), and assist in the redesign of curriculum, as needed, to ensure students are well prepared for careers. Reassigned (release) time may be granted for some of these duties. Based on experience and expertise, this position may also support other areas of the Communication Studies program such as Public Relations and Mass Communication courses.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree (or higher) in Communication, Mass Communication, or closely related field.
  • Expertise in the area of film and/or artistic video production.
  • Expertise with media production software such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Camtasia, audacity, etc.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Understand of and appreciation for liberal education.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds and commitment to fostering a global perspective.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • MFA or Ph.D in Communication, Mass Communication, or closely related field
  • Professional experience in narrative and/or documentary filmmaking
  • Experience with supervision of student media production activities
  • Familiarity with online teaching
  • Post-secondary teaching experience
  • Other Requirements About

    Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The position is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, dynamic and growing institution that is searching for exceptionally talented people.

    Benefits Info

    Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.

    Posting Detail Information

    Posting Number SMSU2021235P

    Number of Vacancies 1 Re-posting No Desired Start Date 08/14/2023 Position End Date (if temporary) 05/24/2024 Open Date Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Accept Applications Yes Special Instructions Summary Posting Contact Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State system and is an equal opportunity educator and employer. SMSU is committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. SMSU does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Women, diverse populations and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208. For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you have a master's degree (or higher) in Communication, Mass Communication, or closely related field?
  • yes
  • no
  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
  • Public Job Posting
  • Internal Job Posting
  • Agency Referral
  • Advertisement/Publication
  • Personal Referral
  • Website
  • Other
  • Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Transcripts - Unofficial of highest degree
  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  • Letter of Recommendation 2
  • Letter of Recommendation 3
  • Student Evaluations
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Optional Documents

    Job details


    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies


    Southwest Minnesota State University


    United States


    May 26, 2023

    Application deadline

    May 24, 2024

    Job type

    Associate Professor/Professor


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