American Advertising Federation of Des Moines

Assistant Professor of Advertising

Company: Drake School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Full time
Posted: 09/01/2020
Deadline: 10/01/2020
Des Moines, IA
$55,000 - $60,000


The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track position of assistant professor of advertising, beginning the fall semester of 2021. Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited by ACEJMC and offers six award-winning undergraduate majors: advertising, digital media production, magazine media, news, public relations, and strategic political communication. The School also has a successful online Master of Arts in Communication with tracks in brand communication, communication leadership, and public affairs and advocacy; it launched an online bachelor’s completion degree in 2020.

The successful applicant will join a collegial, welcoming and supportive community of 15 full-time faculty and staff, and approximately 440 undergraduate and graduate students. Depending on skills and interest, teaching assignments may include these undergraduate courses: Advertising Principles, Concepts in Consumer Behavior, Media Planning, Copywriting and Content Design, Advertising Account Planning, Strategic Message Design, Advertising Campaign Strategies (capstone), Multimedia Lab, Financial Fundamentals for Communication Professionals, Reporting and Writing Principles, Intro to Visual Communication, Digital Media Strategies, Web Design, Social Media Strategies, and special topics courses related to programmatic advertising, user experience and interaction, project management, data visualization and other emerging technologies.

The qualified candidate may also teach online undergraduate and graduate courses in similar topics. Course load is three courses or nine credit hours per semester. Duties also include academic and career advising for students, advising student organizations, research, and service to the University and community. Review of applications will begin Oct. 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be addressed to Kathleen Richardson, Dean, School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Drake SJMC is a forward-thinking community of scholars with a focus on active, collaborative learning and applied scholarship. Drake University is located in Des Moines, Iowa — a vibrant city that is nationally recognized for its quality of life and a wealth of opportunities for professional, social and civic engagement.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV or resume, professional portfolio, three references, teaching philosophy and a diversity statement to

Drake University is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Candidates must demonstrate ability to provide support to and work with individuals and groups from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, disability and/or ethnic backgrounds.


We are looking for an innovative colleague who embraces cutting-edge technologies and who can help lead our School in preparing our students for the rapidly changing media landscape. Professional experience in advertising and/or brand communication is required. A portfolio of work is expected. Evidence of teaching effectiveness in an active, community-engaged classroom, is preferred. Master’s degree is preferred and required for a tenure-track position, but we are open to hiring an experienced professional with a bachelor’s degree for a consecutive-term appointment, on condition of completion of a master’s degree within three years.

Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated ability to train and mentor strategic multimedia planners and storytellers, in both legacy and digital media landscapes. The willingness to work with colleagues across disciplines and in the community is essential. The ability to lead students in researching, planning, conceiving, creating, delivering and promoting rich, integrated multimedia campaigns, for real-world clients across all types of media outlets, is also essential.

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