Assistant Professional Practice Professor


University of Missouri - Columbia

Job Description

The Missouri School of Journalism is seeking an assistant professional practice professor with a vision for guiding the next generation of advertising/public relations professionals at the world’s top-ranked journalism school.

If you’re an innovative, experienced strategic communicator who is equally comfortable in the digital, social and traditional worlds of advertising/public relations, we’re offering an opportunity to put all of your talents to work in our Strategic Communication program.

The ideal applicant should have industry experience with work on campaigns as well as an understanding of what strategic communication is about today. No previous teaching experience necessary. We’re looking for someone who has helped grow or been a key member of organizations (agency, nonprofit, corporate, etc.), with a track record of creating and elevating content. This person should also be skilled as a mentor and understand how to connect with diverse and talented students.

In your teaching role, you’ll be responsible for teaching four classes each semester (4 fall/4 spring). The classes taught would vary based on the expertise of the individual, but among the foundational core classes we offer the person selected would teach some combination of the following:

J2200 Audiences & Persuasion
J4200 Principles of Strategic Communication
J4204 Introduction to Strategic Writing and Design
J4970 Strategic Campaigns

Additionally, this individual would teach some electives (based on expertise) such as:

J4208 Strategic Writing II
J4220 Creative Portfolio
J4270 Public Relations Writing

This 9-month faculty position is benefit-eligible, renewable and carries the academic rank of Assistant Professional Practice Professor (non-tenure track). The individual also serves in a leadership role in our Strategic Communication capstone. The anticipated start date for the position is August 2024, but could also be as early as January 2024.


Minimum qualifications for the position are:

At least 5 years experience working professionally in advertising/PR.
A bachelor’s degree.

Candidates will also be evaluated on:

A proven track record of excellence (e.g., awards, signature achievements).
A deep, applied understanding of how to use traditional and digital skills to enhance storytelling for a campaign.
The ethical judgment and skill to teach young people how to make tough calls in the modern environment of dealing with diverse audiences.
Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills are a must.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty and Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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Company Overview

The University of Missouri is a public land-grant research university in Columbia, Missouri. It is Missouri’s largest university and the flagship of the four-campus University of Missouri System. MU was founded in 1839 and was the first public university west of the Mississippi River.

How To Apply

Required application materials are (a) a cover letter, (b) a CV/resume, (c) a one-page vision statement about how you might envision a student-run advertising agency for the future, (d) a link to a portfolio or work examples, (e) and a list of at least three references. Applications must be made online and will not be considered without all application materials. For questions, please contact Professor Jamie Flink, search committee chair, at
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