University of Tampa — Assistant Professor, Public Relations (Communication)

The Communication Department in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Tampa invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Communication, primarily to serve the Advertising and Public Relations (ADPR) major, with an emphasis in Public Relations to begin August 2019. Interest in and experience with emerging technologies are essential, and professional experience in strategic communication is preferred.

The University of Tampa is a medium-sized, comprehensive, residentially based private institution of 9,200 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 22 consecutive years of enrollment growth UT boasts 260 student organizations, a multicultural student body from 50 states and 140 countries and “Top Tier” ranking in U.S. News & World Report.

Tenure-line faculty at The University of Tampa are expected to engage in:

  • teaching 3 4-credit courses per semester
  • scholarship in traditional and/or creative forms (typically humanities, arts, letters, or social sciences)
  • service to university, professional, and academic communities.

Faculty are expected to bring both practical experience and critical perspectives to their teaching and to engage students in immersive experiences beyond the classroom. Current teaching needs in the ADPR program include introductory and advanced courses in public relations in areas such as public relations writing for diverse media, media planning, social media, communication and professional ethics, research methods, and campaign planning and execution.

Expertise in organizational communication, crisis communication and/or health communication also is desireable. Faculty are encouraged to focus on their areas of expertise. Faculty also are encouraged to develop Study Abroad courses with support from the International Programs office, and to engage students in research projects and professional opportunities.

We welcome varied research agendas, including traditional and/or creative work. While obtaining grants is not required, the university values these scholarly endeavors and provides grant-writing support as well as internal grant opportunities to interested faculty.

Candidates will have a Ph.D. in Communication, Public Relations, or other related areas and a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Preferred candidates will have professional experience in public relations/strategic communication, and previous teaching experience in higher education. We also value candidates with experience in areas such as program assessment, graduate program development, and the ACEJMC administrative accreditation process.

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Applicants should be prepared to attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of academic work, sample professional portfolio work, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tampa Communication Department hosts three vibrant majors and 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. Faculty research in the Communication Department varies widely, including humanities and social sciences disciplines; qualitative, quantitative, and creative scholarship.

The University delivers challenging and high-quality educational experiences to a diverse group of learners. The University has a strong core curriculum rooted in the liberal arts, an enduring commitment to internationalization that has garnered the Senator Paul Simon Award, and a practical, experiential approach to learning. The University offers more than 200 areas of study, including majors in our colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Natural and Health Sciences and Social Sciences, Math and Education and 14 master’s programs.

The College of Arts and Letters embraces the disciplines within the fine and performing arts and the humanities through 22 degree programs, 29 minors and an MFA in Creative Writing. The College is home to eight collaborative academic departments: Art and Design, Communication, English and Writing, Film, Animation and New Media, Languages and Linguistics, Music, Philosophy and Religion, and Speech, Theatre and Dance. Faculty across The College embrace both theory and practice and engage with emerging technologies in cutting-edge facilities. The College also presents a range of public events from art exhibitions in the Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, to theatre and dance productions in the historic Falk Theatre, to musical events in the stunning venues in Plant Hall. The College leverages its downtown location to make connections with numerous outstanding artistic and cultural organizations in the Tampa Bay area and also embraces global learning opportunities. The scholarly Tampa University Press and the literary journal, the Tampa Review both call this College their home.

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.