Program Director - M.A. in Media and Communications for Social Change - Adler University in Chicago Illinois

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Adler University

Chicago, Illinois

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Adler School is founded on an important idea: Our health resides in our community life and connections. This is what drives our groundbreaking curricula and commitment to social responsibility, from our campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver and through Adler Online. We work with those courageous enough to want to change the world.  Our doctoral and master's programs—many of them nationally recognized in fast-growing fields—prepare students to lead social change in the fields of psychology and mental health, criminal justice and public safety, business, public policy, and advocacy.  In January 2015, we will become Adler University, a new name selected to support our vision as the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society.

We are committed to quality through continuous process improvement and personal accountability.  As a result, we seek professionals, who embrace life-long learning, present proactive solutions and drive results to support social responsibility from the classroom to the community. 

The Global Campus of Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology) is seeking applicants for a new Master of Arts in Media and Communication for Social Change program director. The program is scheduled to begin fall 2015 and will be offered entirely online.  This innovative new program will prepare students to leverage digital media as part of integrated strategies to impact and drive social change. Applicants should be enthusiastic about the future of the media and communications field and be willing to shepherd an innovative and unique program into reality.

Program Description:

Narrowly defined communications strategies that center solely on traditional media silos and one-directional communications cannot succeed in a rapidly shifting, more flexible, data-driven communications environment.  This program was specifically designed to address the modern day challenges and leverage new tools to drive a social change agenda and shape public opinion.

This curriculum will prepare students to combine-time tested communications tactics with new digital media tools as part of integrated strategies to move a mission. Students will explore the intersections of data, technology, psychology, communications and media to form a holistic perspective on what drives social change and how institutions can move their agenda. Best practices and insights from the private sector, major movements and electoral campaigns will be examined to ensure that students are prepared for the fast-moving world of public engagement innovation.

While a forward-looking perspective is at the core of this program, students must also respect and understand the core tenets of communications theory, traditional social organizing and psychology that set the framework for and remain at the heart of some of the most disruptive, digitally-fueled movements of the past decade. These courses are designed to marry technology and communications strategy with the psychology of social innovation and user behavior. Keeping up with ever-changing social and digital landscapes requires professionals take a futuristic approach that goes beyond current media, practices, and thinking to position students as adaptable innovators, social entrepreneurs and communications strategists.

Key concepts

●             Media psychology

●             Digital media

●             Social media

●             Communication

●             Social change

●             Data analytics

●             Human behavior/media interaction

●             Digital strategies

●             Social justice

●             Basic data science

●             Communications and international relations


Program Director responsibilities include teaching selected online courses, online course development, advisement of graduate students, supervising adjunct faculty, administrative leadership, service provision to Adler School and greater professional community, participation in institutional committees, chairing capstone examinations, collaboration in marketing and recruitment of students.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. Applicants should submit detailed curriculum vitae, the names of three professional references with contact information, two to three course syllabi and/or teaching samples for review, and a letter of interest.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler School of Professional Psychology that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The School does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Keyword Phrases

  • media
  • communications
  • social change
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Professor
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Writing Samples