Assistant Professor - Strategic Communication, Digital Advertising

Assistant Professor - Strategic Communication, Digital Advertising

Location: School of Communication
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606757
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

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Special Information

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication: Digital Advertising

Northern Arizona University is seeking a teacher-scholar with a commitment to impactful research to join its academic community and support its mission to transform lives and enrich communities through high-quality academics and impactful scholarship, creative endeavors, and public service. Qualified applicants are invited to apply for this tenure-track appointment which will begin August 2023 at the rank of Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication: Digital Advertising.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated research and teaching expertise in advertising or paid media. Integrated marketing, content marketing, social media and internal communications experience is beneficial, as well as understanding of the Hispanic/Latine audience. The position requires a Ph.D. (or ABD considered) in Communication or related discipline with potential for a robust research agenda, collaborative research and successful scholarly grant initiation, development and submission.

Job Description

Candidates should have strong training and experience in digital advertising and strategic communication that includes one or more of these areas: programmatic advertising and behavioral targeting; artificial intelligence, machine-learning, big data and advertising; social media advertising; computational research approach to data analysis; human-computer interaction research on artificial intelligence advertising; or mobile consumer research, user experience, augmented reality and virtual reality. The ideal candidate would also be familiar with using data-driven advertising and strategic communication for social justice and equity.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a related field by August 23, 2023, the start date at Northern Arizona University; significant academic and professional experience in digital advertising, strategic communication, or media-related data/metrics; and the potential to be an outstanding teacher and productive scholar. Research agenda should include a focus on digital advertising focused on the Hispanic/Latine community.

Preference will be awarded to candidates with professional experience in digital advertising with a focus on the Latine/Hispanic communities. Professional experience and/or a research agenda focused on political advertising is also preferred.

This new faculty member will teach and refine courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels related to advertising, including: STR 373 New Media Engagement, STR 446/546 Social Media Analytics & Management and ADV 310 Advertising Media Selection along with developing courses in such areas as: Programmatic Media, Artificial Intelligence Advertising, Mobile Advertising, Advertising/Public Relations Research and Analytics, Big Data Research and Applications for Advertising and Influencer Outreach.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in Communication or related discipline (including advertising, public relations, social media, marketing, content marketing or other related area). An ABD will be considered with evidence of the degree to be conferred by August 2023.

2. Evidence of college or university level teaching experience (minimum 1 year), including teaching and course design.

3. Research agenda that includes the study of strategic communication and digital advertising focused on Hispanic/Latine audiences.

4.Evidence of commitment to diversity: scholarship and experience focused on issues of diversity or diverse populations; working with diverse populations on campus and in the community.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Record of scholarly publications and/or presentations in competitive, peer-reviewed journals or academic conferences.

2. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues on research, teaching, and/or department programs.

3. Evidence of success in securing external research funding and/or proposed ideas for pursuing funding opportunities.

4. Evidence of teaching and student-related responsibilities, which could be indicated by mentorship experience, student course evaluations, annual reviews, sample syllabi, peer reviews, awards/recognition, etc.

5. At least 2 years professional experience related to strategic communication (advertising, public relations, social media, marketing, content marketing or other related area) that includes a focus on Hispanic/Latine audiences.

6. Evidence of research or professional experience with political advertising and strategic communication in the digital environment.

7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a diverse university community, including Hispanic/Latine cultures.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage .

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report . The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


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This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page . Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service . Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page .

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on December 9, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to , follow the 'Current Openings' links, locate vacancy 606757, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position, addressing minimum and preferred qualificaitons; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, , or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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