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One-Year Term Instructors, Public Communication Division

American University, School of Communication, School of Communication

Job Title: One-Year Term Instructors, Public Communication Division
Job Location: Washington, DC
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Communications, journalism, film, TV

Job Description

One-Year Term Instructors, Public Communication Division
American University, School of Communication

The School of Communication at American University invites applications for two full-time, one-year term positions beginning Sep. 1, 2017. Rank will be determined on the basis of experience.

These are nine-month teaching positions based in the Public Communication Division.

Each position has a 3-3 course load, which may include undergraduate and graduate professional courses offered during the week, in the evenings, on weekends, and online.

Depending on background and qualifications, the position also might entail teaching media studies and general education classes.

All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.

Job Requirements

Strategic communication is at the heart of our economy, society, and politics. It’s a field built on ideas and images, persuasion and information, strategy and tactics, and grounded in theory and research.

We are looking for instructors who have a strong background in teaching one or more of the following areas: communication theory, strategic communication writing, qualitative and quantitative research methods, principles of strategic communication, strategic communication advertising and public relations.

A proven record of professional experience in at least one of the following is desired: public relations, strategic communication, public opinion or audience research, public affairs, corporate communications, advertising, social media and/or social marketing.

A master’s degree is required and previous college-level teaching experience is highly preferred; candidates with experience teaching online courses are especially encouraged to apply.

These positions have a 3-3 course teaching load for each semester, and may include undergraduate and graduate courses offered during the week, in the evening, on weekends, or online.

The successful candidates should be able to teach a wide range of courses including those focused on research and theory.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Please submit applications via:

Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three references, recent teaching evaluations (when possible).

Please contact Search Committee Chair Pallavi Kumar at if you have questions.

Salary and benefits are competitive. 

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.

For more information about American University, visit Learn more about the School of Communication at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.  American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

When inquiring or applying for these positions, please also reference

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at the American University and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Pallavi Kumar, Search Committee Chair as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Pallavi Kumar, Search Committee Chair
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