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Requisition Number 18-0043
Post Date 7/2/2018
Title Assistant Professor of Communications
City Frederick
State MD

Under the general direction of the Program Director and Department Chair of English and Communication Arts, the full-time Assistant Professor of Communications will teach in both the Communication Arts and Integrated Marketing Communication programs beginning August 2019. Courses will include but are not limited to Mass Media and Society, Introduction to Public Relations, Writing for PR, PR Campaigns, Social Media, and Communications Research. The candidate should be prepared to teach these courses across a variety of applications including journalism, video, and digital communications. Knowledge and experience in any of the following areas would also be helpful: communications law and ethics, global public relations, strategic communications, and advertising.

The course load is 21 credits annually, and departmental duties will include developing new courses and course content, advising students, supervising academic internships, and other duties as assigned.


Faculty at Hood are expected to demonstrate an ability or potential for quality teaching, scholarly research, and service. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Teach core public relations and integrated marketing communications courses.
  • Teach other courses as applicable to applicant’s areas of expertise in the Communication Arts and Integrated Marketing Programs.
  • Teach and develop additional courses including strategic communications and case studies in public relations.
  • Prepare students for careers in media, public relations, and integrated marketing.
  • Design courses and develop course syllabi and assignments to meet Hood College and departmental curriculum requirements.
  • Instruct students in course content and provide learning opportunities in and out of the classroom to achieve course objectives.
  • Evaluate students' learning styles, interests, aptitudes, temperament, and individual characteristics to determine suitable level of instruction and assignments.
  • Encourage class participation and provide assistance as appropriate to students in completing class assignments. Manage classroom interactions and establish and maintain a climate that encourages learning.
  • Supervise student internships in public relations and integrated marketing.
  • Maintain regular office hours and contact with students as appropriate.


  • Conduct field-specific research to enhance general body of knowledge and provide publication opportunities, or avidly pursue other forms of professional development.
  • Conduct research with students, as appropriate.
  • Present research findings and other academic papers at national or professional conferences.
  • Participate in the communications community.


  • Support and participate in college committees and/or professional organizations to develop professional partnerships and meet the academic needs of the institution.
  • Support the College initiatives to recruit and retain talented students.
  • Participate as an active member of the Hood College community.

Education and/or Experience

A Ph.D. in Mass Communications or a related field and professional experience is preferred. Teaching experience at the college level is desired. Candidates with a master’s degree in communications, public relations or a related field, with significant professional experience, and the ability to develop a research agenda will be considered. Experience for all candidates should include but not be limited to, editorial contributions to media outlets including newspapers and broadcast media, public relations agency work, corporate marketing, supervision of PR campaigns, social media coordination, crisis management, event planning and execution, creation of press materials, and cultivation of strong media contacts.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a letter of application addressing teaching interests and scholarship goals, together with curriculum vitae and at least three letters of recommendation (one addressing teaching philosophy). When saving documents, all document titles related to your application should include your name and the job requisition number. (i.e. c.smith, 18-0043).

Please send the letters of recommendation to For full consideration, application materials must be received by Friday, October 5, 2018.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Prof. Katherine Orloff, chair of the search committee, at

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line". If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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