Assistant OR Associate Professor of Public Relations (2 Positions)

Tombras School of Advertising & Public Relations
Knoxville, Tennessee
Salary and rank (Assistant/Associate) will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Posted Date
Aug 8, 2022

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Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time


Assistant/Associate Professor (2 positions) - Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations, Full Time - The University of Tennessee Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations seeks to fill 2 positions for tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors to begin August 1, 2023


The Tombras School seeks colleagues with expertise in public relations and a contemporary understanding of the changing aspects of the field. The ability to teach in one or more of the following areas is strongly desired: research, writing, cases, graphic design, and campaigns. A Ph.D. at the time of the appointment in communications with a concentration in public relations, 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. Doctoral candidates will be considered for the rank of Assistant Professor, but an earned doctorate is required at the time of appointment.

The successful candidates 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 positions is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations

Housed in the College of Communication and Information, the Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations makes history as the first named school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the first named school of advertising and public relations in the SEC and among all land-grant institutions in the country. Details on its vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts as well as its mission to be a leading academic institution in the fields can be found here.

The Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations includes 12 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 coursework 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, a great music scene, 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 Warner Brothers/Discovery, Regal Cinemas, Bush Brothers & Company, 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.

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 on Interfolio. Additionally, if you have classroom experience, please send teaching evaluations. Submit applications on Interfolio at []. Please email the search committee chair, Dr. Michael Palenchar at with any questions, using the subject line: Assistant/Associate Professor Positions.

Review of applications begins September 15, 2022, and continues until the position is filled.

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