Virginia Tech

Assistant Professor in Public Relations

The Department of Communication at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in public relations. Ideal candidates will have the ability to teach undergraduate core PR courses (principles of PR, communication research, PR writing, PR cases, and PR campaigns), have practical PR experience, and be committed to regular involvement with PR practitioners. Research interests should reflect contemporary PR issues, theory, and practice. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with professional accreditation and recent PR agency, integrated communication, nonprofit or international PR experience. Candidates should be prepared to contribute to cross-disciplinary curriculum development emphasizing integration of social networks and new technologies. Teaching expectations are two courses per semester or equivalent within a lab environment.

Applicants should have a doctorate in public relations, advertising, communication or journalism; demonstrated record or the potential for scholarly publication and successful teaching; and potential to secure extramural funding. Professional accreditation (APR or ABC) and work experience in public relations—especially in PR agencies, integrated-communication campaigns, or international PR—preferred. ABD applicants will be considered, but degree must be completed by August 10, 2015.

Application screening will begin October 20, 2014. Complete applications include the online application form and the following supplemental materials: a cover letter of application briefly detailing applicant’s fit with the job description and department, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy with summary of any teaching evaluations, and a list of references (names, address, phone numbers, and email contacts for at least three references). Applications must be submitted electronically at www.jobs.vt.edu, posting number TR0140108. Please direct questions about the position to Douglas F. Cannon, PhD, APR+M, Fellow PRSA, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication, Shanks Hall (0311), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Phone: (540) 231-7166, email: dfcannon@vt.edu.

The Department of Communication has 26 full-time faculty members and 12 graduate teaching assistants. Our department serves more than 600 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate students. The Public Relations Society of America has certified the Virginia Tech undergraduate public relations curriculum. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, Virginia Tech is Virginia’s top research university, a Carnegie-doctoral Research Extensive (Research 1) university, and a land-grant institution. For more information on the Department and Virginia Tech, go to http://www.comm.vt.edu.

Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. Virginia’s largest town, Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Jefferson National Forest and the New River. To learn more about the community and surrounding regions, see http://www.blacksburg.gov.

Virginia Tech is deeply committed to recruiting, selecting, promoting, and retaining a diverse workforce. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. We strongly value diversity in the college community and seek to assure equality in education and employment. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Douglas F. Cannon at dfcannon@vt.edu, 540-231-7166, 540 231-9817 (fax), or 1-800-828-1120 (TTY) before the application deadline.

West Virginia University

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media seeks a dynamic and innovative educator for an endowed professorship in integrated marketing communications.

The Harrison/Omnicom Endowed Professorship in Integrated Marketing Communications is a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The faculty member in this position will teach courses in our strategic communications program, including our hands-on capstone. In addition, the person will lead students in community branding projects, housed in the College’s new Media Innovation Center.

We are seeking a person with passion for teaching students and engaging them in solving real-world problems. The ideal candidate will have at least a master’s degree in a relevant field, plus significant professional experience — with a deep understanding of digital media practices. Candidates should be able to teach courses in advertising, public relations and/or integrated marketing communications and demonstrate the potential to engage in relevant scholarly/creative activity.

Qualified applicants should submit a single PDF file including: 1) application letter 2) academic vita or resume 3.) academic transcripts and 4) names of three references and their contact information to mediacollege@mail.wvu.edu. Applications received by October 31 will receive first consideration; however, application reviews will continue until the position is filled.

The Reed College of Media is an ACEJMC-accredited program with more than 1200 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The college has a reputation for projects that foster social impact in a fast-paced environment that rewards risk-taking and experimentation. WVU is located about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA, in Morgantown, which had been ranked as a “best” small city by a number of national media organizations, including Forbes, MSN, CNN, and Kiplinger’s.

WVU is an Equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of a NSF ADVANCE award for gender equality. The University is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.