A successful candidate will play an active role in FMU's existing academic success. This is a full-time non-tenure-track faculty position requiring a strong educational background specifically in more than one area of public relations .

The candidate shall be positioned to inspire future public relations professionals through their teaching, research, and mentorship. Candidate shall have a strong record of research and teaching in public relations and the capability to teach core undergraduate courses, including Public Relations Campaign, Public Relations Case Studies, and Publications Design.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Teach a variety of undergraduate public relations courses. Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.
  • Develop curriculum and advance the Public Relations program.
  • Contribute to shared governance by serving on committees and participating in other campus activities.
  • Serve as the faculty advisor to the FMU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
  • Participate in activities of the Arts and Humanities department, School of Arts and Sciences, the University, and the community as needed.
  • Offer both introductory and advanced courses directly related to scheduled instruction, including lecture, laboratory, clinical, performance and coaching assignments; preparation for instruction; and student assessment activities.
  • Develop and utilize a course syllabus for each course, following established institutional guidelines.
  • Be accountable for collaborative and applied research in various disciplines, including assistance with grant applications and data analysis on funded grants.
  • Perform teaching, scholarship, service, professional development, and program assessment for accreditation.
  • Advise students for both academic and career fields. Other qualifications include cultural competency to work with diverse student and/or staff population.
  • A thorough understanding of technology, learning management systems, and computer applications is essential (i.e. Blackboard, Canvas, Powercampus, Jenzabar, LinkedIn Learning).
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required or deemed appropriate to the accomplishments of the responsibilities and functions of the Department of Arts and Humanities.
  • The omission of specific duties does not preclude the department head from assigning tasks that logically relate to the position.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Be able to maintain collaborative relationships with faculty and staff.
  • A passion for teaching and engaging with students.
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and time management skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituents.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Proficient in using data in assessment and decision making.
  • Ability to foster a collaborative academic environment and cross-disciplinary initiative.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, scholarship, service, and professional development.
  • Ability to handle information of sensitive and confidential nature in the utmost professional manner.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.
  • Attention to detail and adaptability to a changing environment is extremely important as well as dependability.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling objects of average weight up to fifty (50) pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Note: In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), those functions of the job which are identified essential are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Requests to facilitate the performance of essential functions will be given careful consideration.
  • An earned doctoral/terminal degree in communications, with a concentration in Public Relations required and 18 graduate credits hours in communications.
  • The ability to provide quality instruction in the academic discipline.
  • The potential for peer reviewed research, scholarly and/or creative accomplishment by representing the University in the academic discipline.
  • The potential to have a positive impact through service that represents the University on campus and within the greater community.
  • A successful record in teaching Public Relations, scholarly research, professional, and service activities at college/university level.
  • Two or more years of professional experience in public relations.
  • APR certification by the Public Relations Society of America, and experience in grant writing and fundraising are preferred.
  • Experience teaching in higher education.
  • Familiarity with the Jenzabar technology suite for higher education.
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal business hours.
  • Strong research background in music production field.
  • Pre-Employment screening is required: criminal background-check and drug-testing.
Qualified applicants are asked to upload a cover letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and/or certifications, if applicable.

Supplemental Information

In addition to the completed application, candidates must submit a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information. Review of application materials will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Florida Memorial University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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