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Assistant Professor, Strategic Communication (2021)

Washington and Lee University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 14, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Media Studies, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus)
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Full Time
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The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University seeks a versatile colleague for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with teaching and scholarly or creative interests in strategic communication and public relations. The appointment begins July 1, 2022.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective liberal arts college of about 1,800 undergraduate students located in Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley. Our department offers majors for students in journalism and strategic communication.

Our department is committed to preparing our students for global communications by creating an educational environment that values diverse people and their ideas. Our new colleague will be expected to teach undergraduate courses that will likely include Public Relations Writing and Public Relations Campaigns or a similar capstone course, as well as specialty courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The position will also include advising our department’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Experience with data analysis or social media for strategic communication is preferred. We seek candidates who can effectively mentor underrepresented minority students.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to preparing our students for engaged citizenship by creating an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.
  • Candidates should have substantial professional experience in public relations and/or marketing or advertising.
  • A Ph.D. in public relations, mass communications or a related field and teaching experience at the college level are preferred.
  • Candidates with a master’s degree in public relations, mass communications or a related field and significant professional experience are also welcome to apply.
Applications should include:
  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names, addresses, e-mail and phone numbers of at least three references
Please upload all materials in PDF format to . Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021. Send inquiries to Prof. Mark Coddington at , 203 Reid Hall, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

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