F/T Faculty Position - Undergraduate Communication Strategic Communication/Public Relations
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Internal Number: 3460550
F/T FACULTY POSITION - UNDERGRADUATE COMMUNICATION – STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION/PUBLIC RELATIONS Undergraduate Communication Department
Position Description: The Communication Department at Vanguard University invites applications for a professional or tenure track position in strategic communication/public relations. This faculty position will lead a vibrant public relations concentration in the Communication B.A. program that emphasizes professor-student interaction, experiential learning, digital skills and interdisciplinary collaboration. The ideal candidate is a team player who embraces diversity, innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.
Vanguard is a teaching institution, and as such, requires that the successful candidate have a developed pedagogical approach and experience with both in-person and online/ hyflex delivery methods, as well as a passion for mentoring students. Vanguard seeks professionals of Christian faith who are committed to integration of faith and learning in their respective fields.
The Communication program at Vanguard University is part of the Division of Business and Communication and offers four distinct concentrations in the field: Communication Studies, Public Relations, Film & Visual Storytelling and Technology & Emerging Media. The department houses the MediaHub, a center for digital skills training and development, a robust chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, and a newly-launched chapter of PRSSA. The department fosters a collaborative, supportive environment for faculty with room for creative thinking and opportunities for personal growth and leadership.
Vanguard University is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. A strong commitment to cultural diversity, racial reconciliation, and gender equality is a consequence of Vanguard being deeply grounded in the faith tradition that brought the University into existence. Moreover, these core values continue to define the institutional vision that pulls the Vanguard community forward toward its mission and educational targets and goals. Within this Christian context of inclusiveness, the University aims to provide a quality educational experience by cultivating the Spirit-empowered life in Christian experience and service; promoting academic excellence that integrates faith and life; and providing professor-mentors in a dynamic community environment.
Vanguard is located in beautiful Orange County, CA and enjoys easy proximity to Southern California beaches, Disneyland and the media and technology industries in Los Angeles and environs.
Essential Functions: Teach undergraduate-level courses in public relations, organizational communication, crisis communication, professional communication, computer-mediated communication, research methods/data analytics for strategic communication field, and social media. Transfer knowledge including theory, practical skills, methods and techniques. Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and thinking, including critical evaluation of peer-reviewed articles, case studies, simulations and other published sources. Provide opportunities for students to practice essential job skills. Collaborate with department faculty in curriculum implementation, student support, and continuous program improvement. Imagine, promote and lead new initiatives.
Minimum Qualifications: Terminal degree in related field. Qualified individuals with M.A. in related areas and significant professional and teaching experience will be considered. Practical professional experience in public relations/strategic communication. Competency in written, oral and visual communication. Functional knowledge/usage of creative and digital applications such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, Spark), and Google Analytics. Coding and/or UX experience a plus. Demonstrated proficiency with social media and an interest in the sociopolitical/ethical aspects of digitally-mediated communication and communities. Understanding of current trends and required skills sets in the job field. Demonstrated teaching ability at the undergraduate level. Experience with hyflex and/or online delivery methods preferred. A vibrant Christian faith, and commitment to an integration of faith and learning.
Salary: Professional track or tenure track position. Salary determined on a per contract basis.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please complete and submit the Faculty application along with the below documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send your documents directly to the Department Chair.
Accompanying essays Personal Testimony of Relationship with Jesus Christ. Philosophy of Christian Education and Role of a Christian University. Integration of Faith, Teaching and Scholarship. Curriculum vitae - with specific elements included Pastoral reference letter Three references - contact info. Copies of unofficial transcripts (to be verified by notarization prior to employment)
*Email must include all the above requested attachments and a completed Faculty application in order to be considered.
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Vanguard University is a private, Christian university of liberal arts studies equipping students for a Self-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and services. U.S. News & World Report for 2016 ranked Vanguard University #13 in Regional Colleges (West), #10 fro Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review also named Vanguard University a 2015 "Best in the West" College. Additionally, Vanguard is named in the Christian Colleges of Distinction and made the Forbes list of best universities. Vanguard University is Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).