Assistant Professor, Strategic Communications

Penn State University

Penn State Harrisburg
Campus City:
Middletown, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Penn State Harrisburg
School of Humanities


Penn State Harrisburg, School of Humanities, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Strategic Communications at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting in August 2020. The successful candidate will teach in the Bachelor of Arts in Communications (B.A. COMM) and the Master of Arts in Communications (M.A. COMMS) programs. Applicants should have an earned doctorate in communications or a related field by the time of application and must provide evidence of a successful and impactful research and/or creative production agenda - e.g., published works (articles, books), exhibitions, media installations, etc. - and demonstrable potential for future excellence. The School seeks a student-oriented colleague specializing in strategic communications, with an emphasis on digital media. The successful candidate should have a strong foundation in relevant communication theory and will be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, campaign management, content production in digital media environments, and media analytics. Residential teaching experience and interdisciplinary collaboration are required. Industry experience and online teaching are preferred, but not required. All candidates are required to demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in student advising and service appropriate to the rank of assistant professor, and to apply for membership in the Graduate Faculty of The Pennsylvania State University: The School of Humanities offers additional undergraduate programs in American Studies, English, and Humanities and additional graduate programs in American Studies (M.A. and Ph.D.) and Humanities (M.A.). For more information on the School, its programs, and its faculty, visit our web site at Campus Information: Penn State Harrisburg is one of more than 20 Penn State campuses state-wide as an integral part of The Pennsylvania State University. Penn State Harrisburg’s expanding and multicultural campus is located in Middletown, PA and is a student-centered campus of approximately 5,000 students and is located in Pennsylvania’s state capital region near the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. It is within a two- to three-hour drive to metropolitan areas such as Baltimore (MD), Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia (PA). Our students receive a world-class education delivered in a small campus setting. For more information about the campus, visit Applicants for the position should submit a letter of application indicating interest for the position, a curriculum vitae, a list of at least three names and contact information (phone, email) for professional references and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088