Four faculty
searches under way

 

The School of Communications at Elon University invites applications for four tenure- track or continuing faculty positions for next year. Review of applications begins Nov. 7.

We seek faculty with a love of teaching, strong professional experience, a collegial spirit, a commitment to university and professional service and the ability to meaningfully engage in scholarship or creative activity. Elon offers these positions at the assistant professor level (one position possibly could be at a higher rank):

1) Teach the introductory course Communications in a Global Society; media writing or broadcast journalism; and other courses that fit one's expertise. Teaching proficiency with the Macintosh operating system required.

2) Teach corporate writing and multimedia publishing; media writing or corporate video; and other courses that fit one's expertise. Teaching proficiency with the Macintosh operating system and some combination of Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress, Director, Dreamweaver, Flash or Final Cut Pro required.

3) Teach digital media production; corporate video or web publishing; and other courses that fit one's expertise. Teaching proficiency with the Macintosh operating system and some combination of Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash or Final Cut Pro required.

4) Teach film production; screenwriting; and other courses that fit one's expertise. Teaching proficiency with the Macintosh operating system and some combination of Final Cut Pro and/or Avid Xpress DV, Photoshop and Final Draft required.

The School of Communications has grown in a remarkable way since being elevated to School status in 2000. Now home to 20 percent of Elon's 4,500 students, the School of Communications has 30 full-time faculty members in broadcast and new media, journalism, corporate communications and cinema. Because of growth, a dozen new faculty positions have been created in the past three years, and we seek four new colleagues for an August 2004 start.

Elon offers tenure-track and continuing positions for those with a Ph.D. or M.F.A., and permanent lecturer positions for those with substantial professional experience and a master's degree. Elon prefers not to hire faculty who would be ABD when the appointment begins. Elon does hire at the associate professor rank if merited by academic experience; a four-year period is required for a professor tenured elsewhere to earn tenure at Elon.

Teaching is our first priority. Equal secondary importance is given to service (a meaningful presence and contribution within the university and profession) and scholarship (published research or juried creative activity in addition to conference presentations). The School's faculty is highly collegial and enthusiastic, and the School operates with state-of-the-art technology in a modern building.

Faculty members typically teach two courses one semester and three the other, with one course (or study abroad) in a special January term. Elon has 4-credit-hour courses, with slightly shorter semesters. The "fourth hour" is designed to be experiential so that students engage in active learning in the small class settings. Elon has five class sizes - 15 for seminars, 20 for lab courses, 25 for other skills courses, 33 for conceptual courses at the junior/senior level and 37 for conceptual courses at the freshman/sophomore level.

At Elon, faculty members regularly participate in the General Studies program. In lieu of a Communications course, this may mean teaching a core university course - The Global Experience; teaching special electives or in the Honors program; or participating in the university's Study Abroad program. Last year, five School of Communications faculty members went abroad with students: one to London, two on a World War I European tour and two on an Australian film tour.

The School of Communications intends to seek ACEJMC accreditation in 2005-06, once our new curriculum is in effect.

As a private university, Elon offers highly competitive salaries. To enrich education through diversity, Elon particularly encourages minority candidates to apply.

Candidates should send a letter of application, vita and list of three references to Dr. Connie Book (for positions 1 and 2) or to Prof. Ray Johnson (for positions 3 and 4) at the School of Communications, Campus Box 2850, Elon University, Elon, NC 27244. Please indicate in your application letter for which position you would like to be considered. Last year we received more than 100 applications for faculty positions; in order to ensure proper consideration of your qualifications, please clearly state how your background, expertise and teaching skills appear to match our program.

 

 

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School of Communications 
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Last Modified:  10/17/03
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