Carnegie Mellon University — Assistant Teaching Professor of Professional Communications

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University invites experienced professional communications educators to apply for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor. This full-time, teaching-track faculty position is an uncommon opportunity for a professional communications educator who is committed to fostering the growth of emerging leaders and being an essential team member within a top-ranked public policy and information systems school, at one of the most respected research universities in the world.

The Heinz College prepares students to understand and leverage the societal consequences of technological change in support of mission objectives, conduct careful and objective identification and analysis of relevant data, and to lead and implement change in managerial and policy contexts. In key areas of the global economy, thought leaders with a unique set of skills at the intersection of people, policy, and technology within management practice are in great demand. Heinz College adheres to four basic principles of being grounded in Real-World Problem Solving, staying ahead of the curve in Innovation, nurturing Diversity, and developing Compassionate Leaders. The College, since its founding in 1968 as the School of Urban and Public Affairs, has had a long history of commitment to inclusion, made ever more relevant in today’s world of technology-driven social change.

You will carry a full-time teaching load which will include coursework in strategic presentation skills at the college level as well as professional writing across at least one industry domain (public policy, information systems, creative enterprises). The goal of our writing courses is to instill our graduate students with the ability to write in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner that demonstrates an understanding of purpose, audience, and structure. Our classes focus on written communication in professional settings. Our presentation courses provides practical instruction for preparing and delivering professional presentations. Activities and assignments include: developing targeted, strategic messages; writing outlines; creating cohesive visuals; exploring new technologies; and, speaking extemporaneously. Students engage specific audiences using a communication style (both verbal and nonverbal) suitable for workplace environments. Overall, the course helps students develop confidence and apply effective techniques when speaking in a public setting. Significant classroom time, grading & editing of assignments, and tutoring of students are required.

We are especially interested in candidates who share a passion for data-informed management for social good, who can offer an innovative approach to teaching and learning, and can employ outside-the-box, entrepreneurial approaches to active and experiential learning.

Teaching-track appointments typically are made at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor, with the possibility of promotion to the ranks of Associate Teaching Professor and Full Teaching Professor. This is a nine or twelve-month teaching track position, with a Fall 2019 anticipated start date.

Carnegie Mellon University is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts and design. More than 13,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovation. The main campus is in Pittsburgh, a city that has been consistently ranked as the most livable city in the United States by The Economist, Forbes, and Places Rated Almanac, and is home to thriving and diverse business, technology, educational, and arts/culture communities.

Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world. A listing of employee benefits is available at:


  • A strong background in professional writing, editing, and professional speaking for business and organizational results;
  • Proven exceptional teaching skills and communications pedagogy at the university level;
  • Professional management experience outside of academia;
  • A Master’s degree in communications, business administration, public administration or other relevant field;
  • Willingness and capacity to learn new technologies, and a strong commitment to teaching and learning innovation;
  • Ability to work collaboratively;
  • Commitment to the Heinz College’s mission, vision and values

Application Instructions
Applications should be received as soon as possible but no later than January 20, 2019.

Your application should include the following:

  • A cover letter addressing your qualifications for this position;
  • Your curriculum vitae;
  • A statement outlining your teaching philosophy, instructional experience, and your ideas for future directions in professional communications education

Candidates who advance in the process will also be asked to provide references.

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