Strategic Communication/Professional Practice Assistant Professor


University of Missouri

Job Description

Strategic Communication/Professional Practice Assistant Professor

Job Description

The Missouri School of Journalism is seeking a creative leader with a vision for guiding the next generation of creatives at the world’s top-ranked journalism school.

If you’re an innovative copywriter who is equally comfortable in the digital and traditional worlds of advertising, we’re offering an opportunity to put all of your talents to work in our Strategic Communication program. You’ll work with dedicated faculty and smart, motivated students. Students use the Missouri Method to gain hands-on classroom experiences. You’ll lead the effort to use new techniques and tools to make relevant, thoughtful and engaging creative content across a variety of platforms in our student-staffed advertising agency, MOJO Ad.

The ideal applicant must have a solid foundation with copywriting for both traditional and digital advertising, storytelling and understanding of creating content for a diverse range of audiences. We’re looking for someone who has helped grow organizations (agency, nonprofit, corporate, etc.), with a track record of elevating creative content, mentoring diverse and talented staff and making a difference.

In your teaching role, you’ll be responsible for teaching four classes each semester (4 fall/4 spring). Classes would include some combination of:

J4204 Introduction to Strategic Writing & Design
J4208 Strategic Writing II
J4220 Creative Portfolio
J4970 Strategic Campaigns – MOJO Ad
This 9-month faculty position is benefit-eligible, renewable and carries the academic rank of Professional Practice Assistant Professor (non-tenure track). The individual also serves as the co-Creative Director of MOJO Ad. The anticipated start date for the position is by August 2022.


Minimum qualifications for the position are:

At least 5 years’ experience as a copywriter (or similar title) in advertising.
A bachelor’s degree.
The committee is also interested in candidates who bring:

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

Application Materials

Please visit to access the online application system. Reference job ID 37464.  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 one-page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to teaching, mentoring, and advising, (e) and a list of at least three references. Applications must be made online and will not be considered without all application materials.

Benefit Eligbility

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 & Staff Benefits website at

The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer, and is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

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