Towson University — Lecturer, Public Relations

Lecturer, Public Relations
Department of Mass Communication
College of Fine Arts and Communication
COFAC-3631L

Position:
The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, 9-month Lecturer position in Public Relations in the Department of Mass Communication beginning August 2023. The successful candidate must be committed to the university’s goal of inclusiveness and work effectively with persons of all races, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and religions.

Qualifications:
Earned master’s degree in public relations, mass communication, or related field. Demonstrated success or potential as a classroom teacher. Professional and teaching experience in public relations and strategic communication is highly desirable.

Responsibilities:
Faculty are assigned an instructional workload of eight courses per academic year (4 courses per semester). Teach two or more undergraduate courses in public relations among the following: PR Writing, Principles of Strategic Public Relations, Media Relations, Corporate Communication Management, or Social Media and Strategic Communication. The ability to teach digital media tools is a plus. Opportunities might exist to teach other courses, including graduate courses, depending on the applicant’s area of specialty and the need of the department. Undergraduate advising is part of teaching responsibilities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.

The Department:
The department (https://www.towson.edu/cofac/departments/mass-communication/) offers an undergraduate major in Mass Communication with tracks in advertising, journalism, and strategic public relations. At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science in Communication Management. The department annually enrolls over 600 majors served by 21 full-time faculty and over 20 part-time faculty.

Towson University:
Towson University (http://www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and more than 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts and communication, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references (name, position, email and telephone number), and a copy of unofficial graduate transcripts to: PRlecturersearch2022@towson.edu

Please indicate the position number “COFAC-3631L” in the subject line.

For candidates who advance to the next stages of the search process, a teaching effectiveness portfolio will be required, which includes teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and demonstrated DEI initiatives in teaching and service that will support TU and the department’s mission and identity. Official transcripts are required prior to hire.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University System of Maryland (USM) has strongly encouraged full COVID vaccination and up to-date booster shots (when eligible) for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM as both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety.

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years.  We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.

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