Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication and/or Public Relations
The George Mason University Department of Communication invites applicants for a full-time Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication and/or Public Relations with demonstrated strength in qualitative and mixed methods research. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The ideal candidate will have primary interest in one the following areas: risk, crisis, health, science, environmental, or political communication, and a strong interest in teaching public relations and strategic messaging. Strength in digital media research and application is considered a strong plus. Other secondary areas may include organizational communication, interpersonal communication or intercultural communication. Candidates should have a record of scholarly publishing and experience in teaching (ideally in strategic communication or public relations, and related areas of expertise).
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in strategic communication, public relations, or a closely related field by the time of appointment; practical PR or media relations experience; a demonstrated record of teaching excellence; a commitment to curriculum development and university service; and a strong ongoing research agenda. Appointment will commence August 2017.
About the Department:
Mason's Communication Department has a collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation and social relevance. We expect reasonable participation in the life of our community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions and other events. We offer a broad undergraduate program with more than 700 majors; five minor programs; a large M.A. program including strategic, health and science communication specialties; and a focused Ph.D. program emphasizing health and strategic communication. The department also offers graduate programs in science communication. Additionally, the department supports several cocurricular activities, including debate, forensics, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists, and a comprehensive student media organization (newspaper, radio, television, sports announcing, magazine and journal editing, etc.).
The research life of the department includes both undergraduate and graduate research, and is reflected in the activities of its faculty, including the Center for Climate Change Communication, the Center for Media and Public Affairs, and the Center for Health and Risk Communication.
The University enrolls more than 33,000 students in more than 150 degree programs through the doctoral level. George Mason is located in beautiful Fairfax, Va., 15 miles from Washington, D.C., offering easy access to key health, research, media, political and cultural centers such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution. The university is a young, vibrant and rapidly growing educational institution with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a history of innovation, which has attracted a faculty of widely known scholars and teachers, and a highly diverse student body.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F6094z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information. For more information, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Kathy Rowan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.