The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa City, Iowa

Date Posted April 06, 2021
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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa seeks to hire a visiting faculty member whose scholarship and/or professional experience lies in the area of strategic communication.  This position is renewable for up to three-years pending positive reviews and collegiate funding. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or M.A. in a related field, and/or equivalent professional experience.  Teaching experience at the university level is required.  This person will teach four courses per semester, which may include courses in social media marketing, content marketing, and strategic communication writing, among others. Dependent upon the candidate’s qualifications, there may also be an opportunity to teach in the School’s online Master’s Program in Strategic Communication.

Our School’s social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who in their scholarship, creative activity, teaching and service demonstrate experience, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of marginalized and oppressed populations. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to work with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Doctoral degree in mass communication or related discipline, or a master’s degree in mass communication or related discipline, and/or equivalent professional experience. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Teaching experience at the university level. 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated expertise in the areas of social media marketing, content marketing, strategic communication design/planning, and/or strategic communication writing. Experience in online education. Demonstrated commitment to work with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews.

Applications should be submitted online at (requisition #74126). Attachments to the application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and contact information for three references. Questions should be directed to Professor David Ryfe (

Review of applications will begin April 26, 2021, and will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Located in Iowa City (population 70,000), The University of Iowa is the state’s flagship educational institution with more than 31,000 students and 1,700 faculty. The University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with roughly 500 undergraduate majors and 100 masters and doctoral students, is housed in the Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building and features the Moeller Media Research Lab. The School is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest of the university’s 11 colleges. Visit the School’s website at for more information.

The University of Iowa understands the link between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and excellence in education.  As demonstrated by the University’s 2019-2021 DEI Action Plan, we embrace our responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members are able to realize their full potential.  Faculty members in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication contribute to this mission by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that advance understanding of DEI, uphold social justice, and emphasize the value of global citizenship.  As part of the application, candidates are required to describe their past, current and planned future efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in alignment with the University of Iowa’s mission and values in the areas of teaching, mentoring, research and broader impacts, or professional service.  To learn more about the University of Iowa’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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