Job Market

(15/10/2021) Job Market: Washington and Lee University – Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication

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 welcomed to apply.

Application Instructions

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