Tenure Track Assistant Professor - Advertising

The University of Tennessee, School of Advertising and Public Relations
Tennessee, United States
Competitive Salary
Start date
Jul 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Public Relations & Advertising
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Assistant Professor -School of Advertising and Public Relations, Full Time - The University of Tennessee School of Advertising and Public Relations seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 1, 2022.

The School of Advertising and Public Relations
The School of Advertising and Public Relations includes 13 full-time faculty members who engage in quantitative and qualitative research with the goal of advancing public relations and advertising theory and informing practice. The school offers course work at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The School includes approximately 425 undergraduate majors and 35 M.S. and doctoral students. Visit the websites for the College and School for more information.

The College of Communication and Information
The College of Communication and Information (CCI) consists of four schools: Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, and Journalism and Electronic Media. CCI has approximately 1,280 undergraduate majors (across five undergraduate majors in advertising, public relations, communication studies, information sciences, and journalism and electronic media) and approximately 420 graduate students (including a College-wide M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in communication & information and an M.S. degree in information sciences). The College’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) provides a wide array of support services for CCI faculty interested in pursuing sponsored research. The Center involves dozens of researchers across various disciplines and agencies to focus the array of talent in CCI, the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other research institutions in the pursuit and conduct of sponsored research. College-wide research facilities include: the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center, the Scripps Convergence Lab, a User Experience Lab, and a Message Effects/Focus Group Lab.

The University of Tennessee and Knoxville
The University of Tennessee is the state of Tennessee’s flagship university and its only public Carnegie Research 1 institution. As a land-grant university and as Volunteers, serving the state and nation are key to its mission. UT enrolls approximately 30,000 students at its Knoxville campus. Demographically, 24% of all students identify as non-white, 24% identify as first-generation students, and 29% are Pell-eligible. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit and include: seeking knowledge, leading with innovation and integrity, advancing diversity and inclusion, engaging locally and globally, and embracing responsible stewardship of resources.

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville has a metropolitan statistical area population of more than 850,000 people. This moderate-sized city has a vibrant nightlife that includes numerous theaters and museums, traditional bluegrass music, a symphony orchestra and an opera company, world-class restaurants, many cultural festivals and a downtown market square. Surrounded by 8 lakes and the Tennessee River, the Knoxville area boasts wonderful year-round water activities, including boating, fishing, and swimming that make for scenic and breathtaking views of the area. Knoxville is also home to many leading corporations, including Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc.’s National Operating Center, Regal Cinemas, TVA, Ruby Tuesday, Pilot Flying J, and Alcoa. It also has a number of prominent advertising/public relations firms and is the fifth largest video production center in the United States.


We seek a colleague with expertise in advertising and a contemporary understanding of the changing aspects of the field, particularly with how to best connect with audiences across diverse channels. Applicants who bring a forward-thinking emphasis on digital platforms are especially encouraged to apply. The ability to teach in one or more of the following areas is strongly desired: creative strategy, design, media, and analytics. A Ph.D. at the time of the appointment in communications with a concentration in advertising, equivalent, or other relevant fields and evidence of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with appointment at a Carnegie classified Research 1 University are required. Professional experience is preferred. ABDs will be considered.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential to receive externally funded research. Responsibilities include maintaining an active program of research, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, and performing service to the school, college, university, and discipline. The salary for the position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita or resume, and the names and contact information of at least three references at http://apply.interfolio.com/91329. Additionally, if you have classroom experience, please submit teaching evaluations. Please email adpr@utk.edu with any questions, using the subject line: Assistant Professor Position.

Review of applications begins September 15, 2021, and continues until the position is filled.





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