Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Advertising and Public Relations

University of Tampa (Tampa)

United States

October 13, 2021

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Position Details

The Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Tampa invites applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the Advertising and Public Relations (ADPR) program for Fall 2022.

The University of Tampa is a medium-sized, comprehensive, residentially-based private institution of more than 10,000 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 24 consecutive years of enrollment growth UT boasts 260 student organizations, a multicultural student body from 50 states and more than 100 countries, and "Top Tier" ranking in U.S. News and World Report.

We seek a passionate teacher and scholar to join a thriving program in a collaborative environment that includes both theory and practice in public relations. Small class sizes at UTampa allow for mentorship connections with students, as well as student engagement in faculty research. The committee is especially interested in candidates with expertise in public relations messaging and media writing for digital platforms. Faculty members are encouraged to focus on their areas of interest and utilize the university's connections with Tampa Bay's robust media market.

A typical undergraduate teaching load is 3/3 (i.e., three courses of four credit hours each during a 15-week semester). Faculty may explore opportunities for graduate thesis advising and course delivery, as well as participation in new graduate program development. The ADPR program encourages faculty to propose new courses, collaborate on curriculum development, and develop Study Abroad courses, if interested, with support of the International Programs Office. The Communication Department values faculty engagement in research mentorship, service learning opportunities, diversity and inclusiveness initiatives, and support of community well-being.

A rich research agenda in the ADPR program typically includes academic publishing and/or creative exhibition, depending on the faculty member's areas of expertise and scholarly agenda. Travel funding is available, internal grants are plentiful, and mentorship of external grant applications is provided through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Preferred candidates will have professional experience in strategic communication and previous teaching experience in higher education. We also value candidates with experience in areas such as program assessment and the ACEJMC administrative accreditation process.

The ADPR program prepares students for professions and academic careers in strategic communication by featuring advanced digital facilities, education in theory and practice, and exploration of communication ethics, as well as critical perspectives on media and culture. Two interdisciplinary graduate programs prepare students for Communication opportunities: a Master of Arts in Social and Emerging Media (MASEM) and a Master of Arts in Professional Communication (MAPC).

Requirements:

Interested candidates should possess a Ph.D. or terminal degree in strategic communication, public relations or a related field of media study. ABDs will be considered if degree is conferred by August 15, 2022.

Required Attachments

All required documents listed below should be uploaded the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page of the application before continuing through the application.

1. Cover Letter

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Contact Information of 3 References

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 (CAL) is a place where theory meets practice and expression meets experience. Guided by faculty who are talented artists and distinguished scholars, students come to CAL to study everything from fleeting 140-character tweets to enduring works of classic literature. The College is home to eight collaborative and innovative academic departments: Art and Design, Communication, English and Writing, Film, Animation and New Media, Languages and Linguistics, Music, Philosophy and Religion, and Theatre and Dance.

As a community of scholars and artists, the College of Arts and Letters engages in cutting-edge creative work, technological innovation, critical scholarly practice, and dialogue with diverse communities. Faculty and students across CAL work with emerging technologies in cutting-edge facilities including the stunning new Ferman Center for the Arts, the Bailey Art Studios and FabLAB, the historic Falk Theatre, the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, and the Cass media production facilities.

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.

Submission Guidelines

To receive full consideration for a faculty appointment with The University of Tampa, please be sure to submit/upload documents as required for this position at time of application submission. Required documents should be submitted in the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page of the application before continuing through the application.

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Background Check Requirements

Finalists may be required to submit to a criminal background check.

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