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Professor (Open Rank) and Director, Communications@Syracuse

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 072990
Job Title Professor (Open Rank) and Director, Communications@Syracuse
Pay Range Commensurate with experience
FLSA Status Exempt
Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applications for an open rank professor who will serve as the Faculty Program Director of the School’s online master’s program. Faculty title and rank will depend on the candidate’s interests and qualifications — either a tenure-track, tenured or Professor of Practice (PoP) appointment. Online teaching, and prior academic administration or other management experience is a plus. The successful candidate will oversee an expanding online graduate program and work with the other leaders in the Newhouse School to develop and execute a coherent shared strategy for this program. Anticipated start date is June 1, 2017.

Communications@Syracuse is a fast-growing, innovative online program launched in 2015 and now serves more than 200 students. The online M.S. in Communications program offers working professionals new digital skills and a specialization in either Advertising, Public Relations or Journalism Innovation. The award-winning Newhouse faculty have crafted an engaging curriculum that strives to reimagine media so students can gain new insights into the digital tools and systems changing the industry.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, our faculty and students, and our online program, visit


Master’s degree in Communications, or related field preferred. The program seeks a teacher with expertise in digital communications who also has the ability to lead and plan for a growing online graduate program. Ability to teach social media or in one of our three specializations is a plus. Experience in a leadership role with program planning and/or experience working with students in a collegiate setting is expected. The successful candidate needs to demonstrate the ability to cultivate and build relationships, and possess excellent communication and presentation skills.

Job Specific Qualifications

The Faculty Program Director of the online master’s program will work closely with its Director of Operations, as well as full- and part-time faculty teaching in the program. This person will teach in the online program and potentially residentially.

Administratively, the Faculty Program Director will serve as an effective leader, facilitator, and liaison with Newhouse School deans, administrators, faculty, academic department chairs, and other university professionals and departments.

Specifically, this person will lead efforts in the recruitment, hiring, onboarding and evaluation of faculty. This person will be responsible for reviewing student applications, identifying programmatic issues, analyzing enrollment data and projections, and generating reports to brief the Dean and senior administration. This position will report to the Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs.

Additional responsibilities include:

Faculty training, teaching and retention
• Oversee faculty training and coordinate faculty support efforts with our online platform vendor.
• Work effectively with faculty in the coordination of program development, defining and developing new initiatives and ensuring effective teaching.
• Oversee the process of evaluation for any part-time instructors teaching in the program.
• Oversee and manage the timetables for course development and iterations.

Curriculum management and development
• Collaborate with School leaders and its Office of Academic Affairs to support and implement curriculum efforts and changes.
• Develop curriculum for the online and residential immersion program, and assist the Director of Operations with planning and executing immersions as necessary.

Student recruitment and retention
• Collaborate with our vendor partner to develop recruitment strategies to attract prospective students and maintain high-quality academic standards.
• Assist in oversight of all web communications and social media content to ensure the messaging accurately reflects the program and the Newhouse School brand.
• Communicate with prospective students to discuss the program and how it may be well suited to helping them achieve their goals.

• Develop, implement and analyze data for a full range of program assessment tools.
• Utilize assessment data to initiate changes in admissions criteria, faculty recruitment and training, course offerings and other crucial program elements.

Physical Requirements
Application Instructions

Please attach a resume/CV and cover letter.

About The Newhouse School

The Newhouse School has an international reputation for excellence and is also home to approximately 1,900 undergraduate and 250 residential graduate students. The School is housed in a 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex that includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a 300-seat auditorium, a research center, an executive education wing, a café and many spaces for formal and informal meetings and collaboration among students, faculty and staff. An $18 million renovation of Newhouse 2 was completed in Fall 2014 and includes new broadcast and production studios and an Innovation Center. This provides the school with a cutting-edge media facility that gives students the best possible preparation for careers in the communications industry.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

About Syracuse and the region

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals around 500,000 and offers many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, performing arts, and numerous malls and movie theaters. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions like water sports, skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring historic sites and wineries along the Finger Lakes, biking along the Erie Canal, and more.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of veteran support through education, transition, and hiring. Syracuse University was ranked #1 in New York State and 17th in the nation at the end of 1947 in veteran enrollment as a result of participating in the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944 – the original GI Bill. Today, SU is strongly committed to the Yellow Ribbon Program which is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to assist in tuition educational benefits and other support. In addition, SU provides a career path for veterans to become Syracuse University employees.

Job Posting Date 01/31/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 02/28/2017
Job Category Faculty
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