Teaching. Teach undergraduate and graduate level ALEC courses in Life Sciences Communication, with a specific focus on strategic communication. Emphasis will be on the theoretical and practical aspects of strategic communication including, but not limited to, risk communication, issues communication, brand marketing, targeted messaging, and message campaigns. Contribute to instruction in UNL's agriculture, food and natural resources literacy initiative. Work collaboratively with College of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty and staff to create curriculum, provide instruction, and supervise student projects. Establish and facilitate student interaction with Educational Media faculty, staff, and projects as appropriate.
Additional Responsibilities of the Academic Appointment. Participate and provide strategic input to development and execution of the Life Sciences Communication program. Advise/mentor undergraduate and graduate students; advise undergraduate and graduate student organizations; participate in college and university-wide courses, delivering guest lectures and presentations; contribute to recruitment, retention and placement activities and teaching outcomes assessments; contribute to and participate in instructional improvement efforts, develop innovative teaching methods, and contribute teaching-related research and extension activities (e.g., peer reviewed publications, textbooks, multimedia applications, extended lesson plans and modules, workshops, in-service trainings, etc.), which includes communicating scholarly outputs at conferences and professional meetings, and obtain external funding to support teaching programs where appropriate. Contribution to the unit and college's distance education programs are encouraged as appropriate.
Extension. Responsibilities related to extension will be commensurate with a quarter-time appointment. Develop and deliver programming for CED faculty and extension educators that utilize strategies to strengthen communication in rural and urban communities. Publish NebGuides and work in collaborative teams across the NU system where appropriate to address strategic communication. Support efforts through external funds (grants, contracts, fees, etc.) and disseminate impacts through EARS reports, conference posters, presentations, popular press articles, and refereed journal articles. Establish, solidify and maintain program and department relationships with state, regional and national organizations in the areas of agriculture, environment, natural resources, and life sciences (such as the Rural Futures Institute, Water for Food Institute, state and national commodity organizations, UNL's Innovation Campus, etc.).
Service. Serve on task forces and committees in IANR and at UNL. Perform in-service communications presentations and programs for UNL clients on a limited basis. Work collaboratively with faculty and staff in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications to develop joint programs with ALEC and to facilitate the creation of a graduate program in Life Sciences Communication. Provide consultation on public programs (such as exhibits and outreach/engagement efforts) in the department, CASNR and IANR. Contribute to University, Institute, College and Department programs through service on committees.
Other. Carry out other duties as assigned or needed in order to advance the Departmental role and mission.
Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have an earned doctorate or must have completed at least all requirements toward a doctoral degree except the dissertation (ABD) in agricultural communications or closely related discipline.
Professional experience in life sciences communications or a related field is preferred.
University of Nebraska - 10 months ago
The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK - www.unk.edu) is a 6,500-student comprehensive public residential institution located in a growi...