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Assistant Professor of Public Relations

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Oct 31, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Public Relations

Job no: 531987

Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Journalism/Communication

Department: School of Journalism and Communication
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

October 9, 2023; position open until filled.

Required Application Materials

To ensure consideration, please upload the following with your online application:
  • A letter of interest outlining how your knowledge, skills, and experience meet the minimum and/or preferred qualifications of the position. Must include a statement of your contributions and experience to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, engagement, and/or service.
  • Current CV or resume including dates of employment.
  • Name and contact information for three professional references. The candidate will be notified prior to references being contacted.

    Any application missing the above documents/information may be considered incomplete.

    Position Announcement

    The University of Oregon's School of Journalism & Communication invites applications for a tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor in Public Relations to begin in the Fall of 2024. We seek an individual whose research, expertise, and skills in strategic communication position them to conduct meaningful research along with inspiring future public relations professionals through their teaching and mentorship.

    Candidates should have a strong record of research and teaching in public relations and/or strategic communication and the capability to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses across the public relations curriculum. We are especially interested in applicants who may be able to contribute to any of the following areas in their research or teaching: internal communications, sports communication, diversity and inclusion communication, strategic measurement, health communication, and science or environmental communication. However, we are still interested in other potential areas of specialization within the umbrella of public relations and strategic communication.

    Preferred applicants will have a demonstrated record of research productivity and a desire to collaborate with faculty and graduate students within the School and across the university. The successful candidate will directly contribute to the undergraduate public relations program, which comprises approximately 400 majors. We have a keen focus on students' professional development and preparation for the public relations field. To that end, students have access to a variety of experiential opportunities, including our active PRSSA chapter; our in-house, student-run PR firm, Allen Hall PR; our Investor Relations student group, IR Futures; and Unidos, one of the only student chapters of the national Hispanic Public Relations Association. The candidate will also mentor master's and Ph.D. students. The typical expectations of tenure-track faculty are 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% university and professional service.

    Department or Program Summary

    The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is an accredited research and professional school serving approximately 2,450 undergraduates and 150 graduate students both on the University of Oregon(UO) campus in Eugene and at the George S. Turnbull Center in Portland. Degrees offered are the B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., and Ph.D., as well as minors in Media Studies and Science Communication. The School also includes an interdisciplinary major in Cinema Studies and interdisciplinary minors in Multimedia and Native Studies. Founded in 1916, the SOJC is one of the oldest journalism programs in the nation and one of six professional schools at UO. The School recently opened the Experience Hub, bringing a range of new production facilities for social media, VR/AR, podcasting, and broadcasting. Our public relations program earned the Public Relations Society of America's Certification in Education for Academic Programs in Public Relations.

    As a community of media and communication scholars, journalists, strategic communicators, and content producers, we believe in the importance of diverse representation, inclusion, and anti-oppression as vital components of education and communication. The SOJC aims to foster responsible citizens, scholars, and professionals who understand the value, richness, and strength of a diverse community. The School of Journalism and Communication is deeply committed to building an inclusive community, and particularly invites and welcomes applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented or underserved in the academy. We encourage applications from candidates who, through their research, teaching, service, and community engagement demonstrably promote and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment for our students, staff, and faculty.

    Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in communication or a related field at the time of appointment;
  • Record of scholarly accomplishment that includes publications in high-quality academic journals in communication, public relations, and/or related fields;
  • Demonstrated potential for teaching and research excellence.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Two years of professional experience relevant to strategic communication;
  • Ability to teach across the required public relations undergraduate curriculum and within at least one of the following graduate programs: Master's in Strategic Communication, Master's in Advertising and Brand Responsibility, Master's in Immersive Media Communication, Communication and Media Studies Master's and Ph.D.;
  • Commitment to and interest in master's and doctoral student mentorship.

    About the University

    The University of Oregon is the state's premier public university, an AAU research institution, and a member of the Pac-12 conference. The University of Oregon has a student population of 23,202 undergraduate and graduate students. Of these, 34% are students of color. The university makes institutional commitments to diversity and actively supports its goal with resources such as the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, the Black Cultural Center, the Many Nations Longhouse, the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the Multicultural Center, and the Division of Equity and Inclusion, among other initiatives.

    Located 110 miles south of Portland, the University of Oregon has an enrollment of 24,600 and is located in Kalapuya Ilihi, the homeland of the Kalapuyan people. The Eugene metro area (pop. 375,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. The climate is moderate year-round, and Eugene is about an hour's drive to the beautiful Oregon coast and to the Cascades mountains for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking/snowshoeing. Eugene has a thriving restaurant and brewery scene, with numerous restaurants, food trucks, bars, and breweries. The city attracts all kinds of people, is family-friendly, calm, and easy to navigate. For more information about Eugene, visit, and to read more about the region, visit

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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