Assistant Professor - Strategic Communication

University of Oklahoma - Norman
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 06, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication

Strategic Communication / Assistant Professor / Tenure Track


The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma seeks an outstanding colleague for a tenure-track assistant professor in strategic communication, beginning in August 2021. The successful candidate will join a faculty that prides itself on both scholarly excellence and outstanding professional preparation of students grounded in mentoring, industry connections and experiential learning.


The selected candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate classes in online and traditional formats, and have conceptual and professional expertise in at least one of the following areas: branding, consumer behavior, corporate communication, cross-cultural communication, crisis communication, digital strategy, marketing analytics, social media marketing or strategic planning. Teaching may include cross-disciplinary courses that integrate advertising and public relations and participation on master’s project or thesis committees.


The successful candidate will also be expected to be a productive scholar or do creative activity or other professional activities in strategic communication. Sixty percent of the allocation of work would be for teaching, 20 percent for research or creative activity, and 20 percent for service. Service may include activities such as student recruitment, student co-curricular activities, college and university committees, and service to the profession and public. Ability to work in cross-disciplinary settings across programs and build connections with area professionals, businesses and alumni is expected.



A master’s degree in Communication, Mass Communication or a related field and significant professional experience in strategic communication are required; PhD is preferred. Previous teaching experience is preferred.


Individuals of diverse backgrounds are particularly urged to apply. The university welcomes the creativity and unique contributions which diversity offers to students preparing to work in a diverse society.


Application Instructions

Applications for the search will be reviewed beginning October 31, 2020 and will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applicants should provide 1) a letter describing their qualifications and their vision and plans for this position, 2) a complete curriculum vitae, and 3) names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. For specific questions about the position and application process, please contact search committee chair Doyle Yoon at


Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio:  


The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication was founded in 2000, after a generous gift from the family of Edward L. Gaylord, owner of the Oklahoma Publishing Company. The Gaylord College is one of the leading centers of mass communication teaching and scholarship in the United States. The College has a state-of-the-art Gaylord Hall completed in 2004 and expanded in 2009. A 4,500-square-foot strategic communication area includes the student-run Lindsey + Asp integrated advertising, public relations and digital agency.  New faculty will take an active part in the growth of the College through superior teaching, innovative curriculum development, and notable research or creative activity.  They will join a highly engaged strategic communication faculty that includes leading advertising and public relations academics in both research and creativity. The College offers the BA, MA, and Ph.D. in journalism, advertising and public relations, and media arts and a master’s (MPW) degree in professional writing.


The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 32,000 students and has more than 2,800 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.


The University of Oklahoma is home to a 277-acre Research Campus in Norman that was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit for more information.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

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