Political Communication Program Director/Faculty Search, American University, Washington DC

Political Communication Program Director/Faculty Search, American University, Washington DC

Job ID: 17838655
Position Title: Political Communication Program Director/Faculty Search, AY 2014-2015
Company Name: American University
Industry: Educational Institutions
Job Function: Education
Location(s): Washington, Dist. Columbia, 20016, United States
Posted: April 28, 2014
Entry Level: No
Organizational Setting: Educational Institution
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: 1-2 Years
Min Education: Master's Degree

American University – School of Communication

Political Communication Program Director/Faculty Search, AY2014-2015

The School of Communication at American University is seeking a highly qualified candidate who has significant expertise in political communication to teach in the Public Communication Division as well as work with the School of Public Affairs (SPA) in overseeing the MA in Political Communication program. Rank will be dependent on experience and stature in the field.  The non-tenure track position, which is expected to be renewable, begins in Fall 2014.


We are looking for a leader in political communication who has a significant record of scholarly, professional, or creative work as well as recognizable public stature within the field. A master’s degree is required as is college-level teaching experience; a PhD is preferred.


The successful candidate will teach as well as hold administrative responsibilities. All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.

The SOC and SPA co-directors:

·        recruit students through one-on-one outreach, informational open houses, and online information sessions;  

·        review files and make admission decisions as well as merit allocations;

·        schedule classes and assign faculty in coordination with the Public Communication Division Director;

·        hire and mentor adjunct faculty;

·        contribute to the development of marketing and budget strategies;

·        promote the program through guest speakers, events,  the website and other materials; and

·        collaborate on program needs, curriculum, new initiatives, issues and students. 

About the Public Communication Division and the MA in Political Communication:


The Public Communication faculty has a national reputation for work in political communication, public affairs, advocacy communication, social media, and public diplomacy.

The 36-credit hour MA in Political Communication, jointly administered with the School of Public Affairs,  gives students  the skills and knowledge to succeed in politics and communication.


About the School of Communication and American University:

SOC has 1,000 undergraduate and 350 graduate students and offers a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs. The School’s talented and engaged faculty draws from both scholarly and professional backgrounds. For more about the School of Communication, please visit www.american.edu/soc. Women and minority candidates are particularly invited to apply.


Application Materials

Inquiries: bourgabt@american.edu

Salary Information:  Salary is competitive and dependent upon qualifications and experience.

To Apply:  Please email your letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names of

three references in one PDF document to: bourgabt@american.edu.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin May 1; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

American University is an Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.