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Assistant Professor Public Relations

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
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Oct 2, 2023

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Assistant Professor Public Relations

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The School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Public Relations beginning Aug. 16, 2024.

This is a nine-month, tenure track, full-time teaching faculty position in the public relations program. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year and be expected to maintain an appropriate level of research productivity for their rank. Additional responsibilities include service to the School, College and the professional PR community, teaching graduate-level courses, and directing theses in the graduate program.

The successful candidate will have the ability or willingness to teach a variety of PR courses, and will be able to build on existing instructional capabilities of the PR program. Examples of courses include Sports PR, Analytics, Crisis Communication, Multimedia Writing, Style & Design, PR & Media Relations Fundamentals, and others as needed. Course descriptions are available online: . The successful candidate also will have taught or have an interest in developing online public relations courses and/or study abroad opportunities. Opportunities for summer teaching are possible, subject to availability of funds. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. We are particularly interested in candidates who advance our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in public relations, strategic communication, or related field at the time employment begins, and three years of professional experience. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching college-level courses and a solid record of scholarly or creative productivity or substantive evidence of research/creative potential. Outstanding candidates who are in the final stages of dissertation writing ( ABD ) will be considered. However, appointment to the tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor for an ABD candidate requires the earned doctorate by the Aug. 16, 2024 start date. If the candidate fails to complete the degree by the designated date, the position will revert to an Instructor position. The offer will be withdrawn if the Ph.D. is not earned by May 15, 2025.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment; excellent communication skills required.

Desired Qualifications

Analytics, Adobe Creative Suite, Canva/Spark, HTML and CSS coding experience desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application: Please go to this website to apply for the position:

Review of applications will begin October 18th, 2023 and continue until a candidate is selected.

Inquiries should be directed to Angie Chung, Search Committee Chair: .

Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples:

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2023, it was ranked 47th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report and is recognized as a “Very High Research Activity (R1) institution” under the Carnegie Classification system. Its 2023 enrollment of 33,015 students includes 26,874 undergraduates and 6,141 graduate and professional students. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, its thriving student life programs, and its beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Auburn offers a high quality of life including a vibrant cultural scene at the new Gogue Performing Arts Center, SEC sports throughout the academic year and an outstanding K-12 school system.

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