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(Begining on 15/09/2021) Job Market – NC State University, USA : Assistant Professor in Public Relations/Strategic Communication

The Department of Communication seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in public relations or strategic communication, beginning August 15, 2022. The successful candidate will teach public relations courses in our undergraduate and graduate programs, conduct and publish research, participate on graduate committees, and provide other standard service. Teaching opportunities in the professor’s research specialty may also be available. The typical teaching load for tenure-track faculty is 2-2.  Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NC State’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives in research.

Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in Communication, Journalism, Media, or a related field, and to those who will receive the degree by August 2022. Desirable are teaching experience, expertise in new technologies, and professional public relations experience or a background in communication campaigns. While open to candidates representing the broad spectrum of public relations research, the committee will give special consideration to candidates pursuing research in either of two areas:

(1) digital communication or social media analytics from a social science perspective;
(2) a qualitative or quantitative research focus on strategic communication and public relations related to race, culture, diversity, or international issues.

The Department of Communication at NC State is an accomplished community of students, staff members, teachers and researchers with diverse intellectual interests in the communication arts and sciences. Through our teaching, research and service, we cultivate responsible, caring and collaborative communication practices for our students, our community partners and the global citizenry. We do this because communication is central to addressing the significant challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century and we are committed to enabling people, organizations and communities to thrive. We strive to promote inclusive and ethical dialogue to ensure that our communication processes and practices meaningfully contribute to creating the conditions for a society in which everyone feels they belong and can flourish. We stand with the University community in its call to champion a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion and aspire to creating a more diverse workforce and student population in Communication.

We serve approximately 700 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students. Public Relations is one of three concentrations in the undergraduate program, and we have an active PRSSA chapter. Faculty also teach in the department’s Master of Science in Communication program and in its interdisciplinary doctoral program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. The department partners with NC State’s Poole College of Management to offer an online graduate certificate in Professional Communication and Managerial Skills and collaborates with multiple initiatives across the university.

NC State is a research-extensive, land-grant institution, with U.S. and international students and faculty. The university’s research park, Centennial Campus, hosts more than 75 companies and organizations engaged in university research partnerships and where 170+ start-ups have launched. Located in North Carolina’s capital city, NC State anchors one corner of the Research Triangle Park, which houses more than 300 global companies or agencies dedicated to research and development. NC State’s location provides a plethora of opportunities for research collaboration, student internships, and jobs for graduates. The Research Triangle attracts diverse professionals from across the world and features a variety of ethnic and cultural festivals, museums, international eateries, and a rich offering of outdoor activities in a temperate climate.

The position number is PG191132EP. To apply, go to of applications will begin September 15 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact search committee chair, Dr. Melissa Johnson,

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.