Regular, Part-Time Strategic Public Relations Faculty Member

The George Washington University in District of Columbia

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 4, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Part-time

Position Description Summary: The GW Masters in Strategic Public Relations Program (SPR) is hiring a regular, part-time faculty member.  This position requires 20 hours per week of work, a good portion of which must be spent at the Alexandria, VA Education Center.  A competitive salary will be based on qualifications.  The goal of this position is to contribute effort and expertise on a part-time basis to enhance the overall curriculum and increase enrollment both in volume and in the quality of candidates. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach one class per semester (3 per year) and serve on the SPR Admissions committee reviewing applications and conducting Skype or in-person interviews with international prospects as needed to assess applications.  Duties also include assisting the Program Director in the development of and faculty recruitment for the new Graduate PR Certificates at GWs Hampton Roads and Virginia Science and Technology campuses, as well as others to be determined.  He/she will provide advice and support services for students and serve as a liaison to SPR alums to help with student recruitment, networking and promotion of the program. The candidate will work with CPS Faculty Development and the SPR Program Director to ensure continued high quality coursework and instruction for our students. This will entail staff training, in class observation (online and face-to-face), faculty mentoring and recruiting.

Minimum Qualifications: All Strategic Public Relations faculty are expected to keep current with developments in pedagogy, technology, and teaching principles and methods.  Applicants must have a graduate degree (e.g. a Masters Degree, in Communications, Public Relations or a closely related field).

Desired Qualifications: In addition to teaching experience at the college or graduate level, successful candidates will have practical experience in the public relations or communications industry in an agency, government, corporate or non-profit setting.

Other Benefits: Most regular part-time faculty members are in a bargaining unit represented by Local 500 of the Service Employees International Union (Union). The relationship between the University and part-time faculty in the collective bargaining unit, including appointment, reappointment, discipline and discharge is governed by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the University and the Union. All faculty covered by the CBA must either choose to become a member of the union and pay dues, or choose not to become a member and pay the union an agency fee. The only exceptions to this requirement are listed in Article III.A of the CBA, which can be found at   


Other Information: Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 employees. The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication, respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.


Special Instructions to Applicants: Please attach a selection of writing samples (academic papers and/or public relations related work).  Only complete applications will be considered.  Review of applications will begin on August 15th and continue until the position is filled.


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Open Until Filled: Yes


EEO Statement: The George Washington University is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer.

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