The Division of Public Communication in the School of Communication
at American University invites applications for a full-time, Open
Rank tenure-line position whose work and expertise focus on
transformative, cutting-edge approaches to social change through
strategic communication and public relations. This position is open
to a broad range of applicants with expertise in creating positive
social change. Applicants must demonstrate a track record of
developing or evaluating evidence-based communication campaigns for
social impact, conducting research, and exploring how advocates and
changemakers work to create a more equitable society.
Anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2024. We
welcome applicants with a professional and/or an academic
background. Applicants with significant professional experience in
the field should have an MA degree; applicants coming from an
academic setting should have a PhD in communication, public
relations, or a related field or anticipate receiving their PhD by
August 1, 2024. We are especially interested in candidates who have
teaching experience, and/or work with those underrepresented in the
broader spectrum of higher education.
Candidates should be effective teachers and must be strongly
committed to excellence in research, creative, or relevant
professional work. We welcome applications from candidates engaged
in high-quality scholarship and/or professional work in areas
including, but not limited to, democracy and public discourse;
equity and inclusion; corporate activism; environmental, social
& corporate governance (ESG) communications; community
empowerment; and social entrepreneurship. Teaching specialization
in advocacy communication, issue campaigns, and/or public relations
is preferred, though other areas will be considered as well. In
addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities will include
participation in department, school and university service.
This position closely aligns with AU’s strategic objectives,
including: inclusivity, community engagement, and social equity.
The School of Communication aims to bring a broader understanding
of these issues to our students and to society at large. Candidates
will possess an active research, publication and/or professional
portfolio; potential for success in grant acquisition and other
funding; a record that demonstrates the potential for teaching
excellence; and a willingness to conduct service in support of the
department, university, and field of communication.
Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will
begin September 18, 2023, and will continue until the position is
filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval. Depending on
qualifications, the appointee to this position may be recommended
for tenure at the time of hiring, pending successful tenure review
and approval by the Board of Trustees. Please submit applications
via Interfolio. Application materials sent via email will not be
accepted or considered.
Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, up to three sample
publications, as well as a statement of past and/or anticipated
contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching,
scholarship, and service. Recommendation letters and evaluations of
teaching will be requested at a later stage. Please contact Liz
Kan, Faculty Affairs Coordinator, at 202-885-2751 or
email@example.com if you have any questions.
American University is a private institution within easy reach of
the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts
located within the nation’s capital. For more information about
American University, visit www.american.edu.
Established in 1993, the School of Communication offers
undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs
www.american.edu/soc/. Learn more about the Public Communication
division at www.american.edu/soc/communication.