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Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Howard University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 27, 2021

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Department of Strategic, Legal & Management Communication

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Strategic Communication


The Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. seeks outstanding    candidates for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor. The appointment begins August 15, 2022. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Strategic Communication sequence in the Department of Strategic, Legal, Management Communication (SLMC), such as Fundamentals of Public Relations, Introduction to Strategic Communications, Basic Public Relations, Advanced Public Relations Writing, and Public Affairs Management. Candidates will serve on committees and pursue research and/or creative work agendas. Candidate may also be asked to advise the department’s D. Parke Gibson Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America as well as to teach graduate-level courses and serve on dissertation committees in the school’s Communication, Culture and Media Studies PhD program.


We seek candidates who will uphold the highest standards of teaching, scholarship and professional work practices as well as make strong and significant contributions to our diverse student body and campus climate. Candidates must have a PhD in-hand by July 1, 2022 in communication/media studies or a related field and demonstrate proficiency in a variety of communication and teaching perspectives, along with knowledge of contemporary communication theories and applications to the public relations industry. In addition to being able to teach courses listed in the description section, candidates should have a research record appropriate for the rank of the position and a strong commitment to student mentoring. In keeping with the school’s proposed interdisciplinary research agenda, preference will be given to candidates with a research/creative production agenda focused on at least one of the following strategic emphases, including, but not limited to, workforce diversity, digital communication, public relations, public policy, social media, media literacy, multicultural and international communication or race, class and gender issues in communication. Ideal candidates will have professional experience in the communications industry as well as university-level teaching experience with diverse student populations—a demonstrated record of success contributing to excellence in teaching, mentoring and research within diverse campus environments and a firm commitment to assisting the department’s efforts to support the university’s mission.

University Mission

Founded in 1867, Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university comprised of 13 schools and colleges, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Moreover, the university is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching, research and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Department Overview

Housed within the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, the Strategic, Legal and Management Communication (SLMC) Department prepares students for careers and advanced study in communication used for strategic purposes such as public relations and special event planning, advertising and sales, non-profit and for-profit management, law and policy, organizational training and development, corporate communications, government relations, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing communications and media management. SLMC is also is home to the student-run advertising and public relations agency, Capstone Communications (CapComm); the NABEF Media Sales Institute funded by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation; and the MLK Forensics Program with award-winning Mock Trial Debate and Parliamentary Debate teams. The department also sponsors the Tom Burrell Chapter of the American Advertising Federation and D. Parke Gibson Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. In keeping with the legacy of Howard University, the department is committed to the education and preparation of academicians and professionals who can assume positions of leadership and responsibility both nationally and internationally.  

Additional information about the SLMC Department and Cathy Hughes School of Communications may be found at:


Application Process

Please submit: 1) letter of application; 2) teaching philosophy; 3) research agenda; 4) current vita (including e-mail address); 5) three reference letters; 6) teaching evaluation summaries; and 7) a student support statement, which chronicles your willingness to and past successes of teaching, mentoring and engaging diverse student populations.

Please send electronic application submissions to Dr. Emily Cramer at with the subject line “Assistant Professor, Strategic Communication Application.”

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Howard University is an EEO/AA employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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