The Department of Mass Communication at Xavier University of Louisiana, a Historically Black Catholic University located in the heart of New Orleans, invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2018. The successful candidate will participate in the development of a Public Relations Concentration that serves as a bridge between the Digital Media and Media Entrepreneurship; and be expected to teach undergraduate courses that support the public relations curriculum, including: principles of strategic communication, social media, media writing and public relations campaigns.
The successful candidate will demonstrate professional experience in public relations, strategic communications, or digital/social media at the management level, as well as full-time college teaching experience. Desired skills include: the ability to teach online; and demonstrated professional experience in data analytics for public relations (such as data analysis, media planning, and/or promotion and management) or journalism (such as investigative reporting, infographics, and/or web publishing). Applicants should have a PhD in mass communication, journalism or related field, though ABDs will be considered.
The mass communication program actively supports Xavier’s mission of promoting a more just and humane society through community service projects and community-based research collaborations. In addition to New Orleans’ vibrant culture and dynamic urban revitalization, Xavier’s location provides a rich and fertile research environment with ample opportunities for community engagement, teaching innovation, and research collaborations. Faculty in Xavier’s Department of Mass Communication enjoy the intimacy of teaching small classes and working closely with individual students, while being affiliated with a larger Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Xavier faculty strive for teaching excellence and innovative research through funding and support from a wide range of institutional programs such as Xavier’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity, an undergraduate research journal, interdisciplinary programming, the nation’s only Institute for Black Catholic Studies, and the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development. Faculty members have opportunities to teach courses in African American and Diaspora Studies, Women’s Studies, and the college’s core curriculum.
Review of applications will begin January 6, 2018. Applications received by that date will be assured consideration. To apply, log in to our online system at: https://jobs.xula.edu. Attach a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae that includes names, addresses, and email addresses of three references, a teaching portfolio, and a research agenda. Address letters of interest to Dr. Lisa Flanagan, Search Committee Chair. EOE/AA.