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Assistant Professor Public Relations/Strategic Communication

Salisbury University
Maryland, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Public Relations & Advertising
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor Public Relations/Strategic Communication

The Department of Communication at Salisbury University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Public Relations/Strategic Communication beginning Fall 2022.

Primary Job Duties: We seek a colleague with academic and professional training in one of more areas of public relations and strategic communication. The ideal candidate should be able to teach undergraduate courses in the Public Relations and Strategic Communication track, particularly Principles of Public Relations and Public Relations Writing. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to, or experience with, innovative course offerings that prepare students for the need to address current social, economic, and political challenges. This person may have specialization in public relations contexts (e.g., environmental communication, crisis communication, social movements, communicating for change, and/or nonprofit management) that enhance the department’s offerings.

As a department we promote the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and community. We welcome candidates whose careers demonstrate a shared commitment to these values, and who can teach skills that promote social engagement and inclusive excellence. We particularly welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds that can help the department serve students from communities that are historically underrepresented in Communication fields. Salisbury University faculty members are expected to provide appropriate levels of scholarly activity, student advisement and service as well as utilize an effective teaching style that supports a diverse student body with a possibility of teaching courses through our interactive network to distant locations.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. or ABD required in Public Relations and/or Organizational Communication. If ABD; would be hired at the rank of Instructor, with the expectation that the candidate completes the doctoral degree by June 15, 2023. We are particularly interested in candidates who will enhance the diversity of the department through excellence in teaching and service.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education and the field of public relations are particularly encouraged to apply. Some experience in the Public Relations industry preferred.

Applications received by October 1, 2021 will be given first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment will be contingent upon verification of eligibility to work in the U.S. and is expected to begin August 15, 2022. Please visit our website to apply online. See the FAQs of the Online Employment Application System for more information and instructions.   

To be considered an applicant, you must apply online and submit the following: (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests appropriate for an undergraduate institution; (5) unofficial transcripts, (6) diversity statement, and (7) the names and phone numbers of at least (3) three professional references. The Diversity Statement (1–2 pages) attachment should speak to your experience, accomplishments, and/or goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, professional development, and/or service. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Vinita Agarwal,

This position is based in Salisbury, MD. Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland is a regionally accredited four-year comprehensive institution offering 60 distinct graduate and undergraduate programs. Founded in 1925, Salisbury University features a beautiful campus close to ocean beaches and the Chesapeake Bay and 2-3 hours from the metropolitan areas of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Norfolk. SU is consistently ranked among the nation’s top colleges and ‘best values’ by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and other publications. SU has 416 full-time faculty members serving a student population of approximately 8700. The department is a comprehensive program with tracks in public relations/strategic communication, media production, media studies, multimedia journalism, and human communication studies.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Salisbury University. We strive to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives of our community is harnessed to create value for our University community to include students, faculty, and staff, today and in the future. To this end, the University recruits exceptional and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across Maryland, the United States, and around the world, supporting all members of the University community as they work together to achieve institutional goals and vision. To learn more about the University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus, please visit

Salisbury University (SU) has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunities to all qualified people. To that end, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to: Humberto Aristizabal, Associate Vice President, Institutional Equity, Title IX Coordinator, 100 Holloway Hall, Tel. (410) 548-3508.

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