University of Tampa — Assistant Professor of Communication

Assistant Professor of Communication

The Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Tampa invites applications for tenure-track assistant professor positions in Communication, to primarily serve the Advertising and Public Relations (ADPR) major, with an emphasis in creative advertising, strategic social media, and digital media management, to begin August 2018.

The University of Tampa is a medium-sized, comprehensive, residentially-based private institution of 8,300 undergraduate and graduate students. The University is ideally situated on a beautiful 110-acre campus next to the Hillsborough River, adjacent to Tampa’s dynamic central business district, which is a growing, vibrant, diverse metropolitan area. UT reflects this vibrancy; with 20 consecutive years of enrollment growth UT boasts 229 student organizations, a multicultural student body from 50 states and 140 countries, and “Top Tier” ranking in U.S. News & World Report.

Each full-time faculty member of the Communication department teaches both practice and theory, educating students to become critical thinkers and human communicators capable of using traditional and emerging technologies effectively. The curriculum is designed to explore meaningfully media ethics and critical perspectives on media, culture, and political economy, even as it prepares students to engage in professional practices.

Current teaching needs lie in introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in advertising, including both theory and creative practice, in areas such as campaign development, media planning, social media, account management, creative content development, copywriting, creative direction, research methods, ethics, and digital production across media. A typical teaching load is 12 contact hours (3 four-credit classes) in a 15-week semester. Faculty provide input into the course schedule and collaborate on curriculum development with faculty in Communication, Journalism, and related departments.

The University of Tampa’s Communication Department houses three vibrant majors–the Advertising and Public Relations major (with 256 students), the Communication major, and the Journalism major–and participates in delivering the majors in Film and New Media Production. The ADPR program features a concentration in Creative Advertising and another in Public Relations. Its two student organizations include the student advertising club, which participates in the National Student Advertising Competition, and a public relations student club, which is becoming a chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. A highly interdisciplinary program, the ADPR major shares courses with the departments of Art; English and Writing; Marketing; and Speech, Theatre, and Dance.

The Communication Department fosters and encourages the development of interdepartmental relations, new courses and innovative programs. Its student-centered learning environment embraces traditional, immersive/experiential, and hands-on pedagogies. The Journalism major features award-winning student publications such as The Minaret student newspaper (online and in print) and The Minaret Magazine, as well as participation in UT-TV and WUTT Radio. The Communication major offers concentrations in Media Studies, Communication Studies, Media Writing, and Critical Media Practice.

The university is fully equipped with state-of-the-art digital media labs, production equipment, video and graphics software, sound studio, and black box. Eye-tracking equipment is available for research in human-computer interaction.

Candidates will have a terminal degree, such as a Ph.D. in advertising, public relations, mass communications, communication, or a related field, and bring both practical experience and critical perspectives to the teaching of practice, theory, and history of advertising in a liberal arts context. Interest in and experience with emerging technologies is essential.

Candidates are expected to have a commitment to excellence in teaching, engaging students in learning beyond the classroom, scholarly activity, and service. Faculty are expected to develop a record of productive scholarship. We welcome varied research agendas and traditions of scholarship. In addition, the candidate will assist colleagues in advancing the ADPR major, potentially seeking accreditation, and strengthening opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Faculty have opportunities to develop courses in their own area of expertise. We also value candidates with experience in areas such as program assessment, graduate program development, and the ACEJMC administrative accreditation process.

Review of applications will begin immediately. The submission deadline is November 24.

Candidates should apply on-line at

Required Attachments at time of application

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Cover letter
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy
  4. A sample of academic work
  5. A sample professional portfolio work
  6. Contact information for three references

Reference Letters
Three reference letters from external providers are required. Please have the reference provider email the reference letter to to include your name and the position you applied for in the email subject line.

The University of Tampa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, gender identity, veteran status or any other non-job related criteria. The University of Tampa recognizes the importance of a multicultural community of students, faculty, and staff who seek to advance our commitment to diversity. The University invites applications from underrepresented groups and those who have academic experiences with diverse populations.