Instructor I - Communications

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 032700 - Communication
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Position Function:

This is one full-time, 9-month, non tenure-track faculty position requiring the successful candidate to teach and conduct normal service activities in the department. See below for more specifics.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Communication at Mississippi State University ( is one of the largest on campus. There are approximately 600 undergraduate majors across five concentrations: Broadcast & Digital Journalism, Communication & Media Studies, Print & Digital Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre. Students may choose concentrations in more than one area, and minors are offered in each concentration.

The department now offers students a new Master of Arts in Communication program that began in January 2022. Information on the graduate program is available at

Students within the department can take part in many different career advancement programs, such as internships and other student clubs and organizations like Alpha Psi Omega, Lambda Pi Eta, Speech & Debate Council, Lab Rats Comedy & Improv, Public Relations & Integrated Student Media (PRISM) agency, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Broadcast Education Association Student Media Club, Take 30 (Tv) News, The Reflector (newspaper), and via campus media partners: WMSV-FM, University Television, Digital Media Center, Hail State Productions (SEC Network/ESPN) and Geosciences (Meteorology).

The department is committed to fostering an environment that values and affirms diversity, equity, and inclusion. The department is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups and makes every attempt to support faculty members' academic, professional, and personal success. The department values diversity in experience, background and research perspectives and is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for teaching and learning.

Area of Specialization:

Broadcast/Print & Digital Journalism (primary), Public Relations (secondary)

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2023

Tenure Track Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Communication at Mississippi State University invites applications for one full-time, non-tenure track faculty position to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will teach assigned courses based on the candidate's academic or professional specialties/skills and the needs of the department. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses, student mentoring, and providing service on program, school, college, and university committees.

The successful candidate will be an excellent teacher dedicated to cultivating informed and ethical students who are ready to enter the workforce as well-prepared professionals. Hands-on experience, critiques of students' work, class discussions, lectures, video presentations, and individual coaching are examples of in classroom expectations. In addition, course sections' modalities may range from face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid formats.

The successful candidate will teach four courses or the equivalent to four courses per semester within the Department of Communication. A sample of courses that the successful candidate may be assigned to teach include, but is not limited to, Multimedia Journalism, PR Multimedia, News Writing for the Electronic Media, possible creation of a studio-based TV course (non-news) or other based on area of expertise. Course assignments will be primarily based on departmental needs, but the successful candidate's area of specialty will also be considered.

Service includes advising majors and student organizations, developing curriculum, and serving on committees. Service activities within the community and professional disciplines are also recognized as aspects of faculty achievement, such as, cultivating a diverse network of relationships with partners and thought leaders across the media landscape to continuously improve and advance the curriculum and program. Finally, the successful candidate will assist in the continuing development of curriculum in the department as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Masters' degree (in a communication field or a closely related field from an accredited university by hire date) and professional experience in the discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to a graduate degree, the ideal candidate will have prior collegiate teaching experience, or comparable recent professional/industry experience in a related field. Candidates who have skills which translate across the Communication concentrations (Print/Broadcast/Digital & Public Relations) is desirable.

Candidates who have experience in - or the potential for - building an enriched, equitable, and diverse scholarly environment are strongly encouraged to apply. A demonstrated commitment to work with students of all backgrounds and with students holding a range of worldviews is valued.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate must have a thorough knowledge and a strong understanding of the evolving professional landscape of the media fields comprised within the Department of Communication, as well as a willingness to participate collegially in a broad department. Colleagues must be able to communicate that knowledge in the classroom environment to students as well as to other important groups through scholarship and service. See above for overall duties and responsibilities.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

The successful candidate must be able to teach in a classroom setting and conduct service in the profession.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach (1) a cover letter (1–2-page letter of application summarizing teaching experience and performance, current scholarship/professional agenda, personal contribution to an enriched diverse environment, and a 5-year career plan), (2) current resume or curriculum vitae, (3) contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin Oct. 17, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position are welcome and can be directed to Dr. Philip Poe, Search Committee Chair,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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