Virginia Commonwealth University

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for three full-time faculty positions. VCU is a Carnegie R1 public research university in Richmond, Virginia (classified “highest research activity”) enrolling more than 31,000 students. The Robertson School has approximately 1,300 total students in three undergraduate sequences, two master’s programs, and one interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. This is an exciting time to be at VCU and a great opportunity to join our collegial team of faculty and staff. The Robertson School inspires students to be transformative media innovators. Through immersive teaching in skills-based courses, the School gets students career-ready. Find out more about the Robertson School at http://robertson.vcu.edu/.

Individuals hired for the positions below should have commitment to a diverse working and learning environment. Interest in contributing to the School’s growing international presence and community engagement is desired.

Position (A
) – Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Advertising Strategy (commencing August 16, 2018)
This tenure-track position requires a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in mass communications or a related field (ABD, with expected completion by August 15, 2018, is considered). Ideal candidates should have college-level teaching experience in advertising strategy with a track record of inspiring others to reach their full potential and an established research agenda or professional focus in advertising strategy (including consumer research, data analytics, competitive analysis, and marketing strategy) with the expectation of continued productivity at a high level. Expertise in one of the School’s existing focus areas (such as health communications, innovative digital media, or international media) or experience in producing award-winning advertising work is desirable.

Position (B
) – Tenure-track Associate or Assistant Professor in Public Relations (commencing August 16, 2018)
This tenure-track position requires a Ph.D. in mass communications or a related field (ABD, with expected completion by August 15, 2018, is considered for an appointment at the Assistant Professor level). The ideal candidate should have college/university-level teaching experience and professional experience and teach courses in digital media, research, writing, graphic design, campaigns, international public relations, and/or strategic public relations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For consideration for an appointment at the Associate Professor level, a candidate will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external grant funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the School. For consideration for an appointment at the Assistant Professor level, a candidate will be required to have an established research agenda, clear potential for external funding and traditional research or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the School.

Positions (C) – Full-time, non-tenure-track Instructor in Public Relations (commencing January 16, 2018)
Candidates for this term position must have: (1) a master’s degree in public relations or in a related field; (2) a proven track record of inspiring, guiding, and mentoring others to reach their full potential; and (3) high expectations for students. Successful college teaching experience is highly preferred. Course content will include (but is not limited to) PR graphics and production. Other courses could include digital media, research, writing, campaigns, international public relations, and/or strategic public relations. Candidates should have significant professional experience using the Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop as well as expertise in the areas of photographic composition, electronic newsletter design and distribution, website production, and video storytelling.

Application Materials and Process
Please provide the following application materials: (1) a letter of application (to Dr. Marcus Messner, Chair, Public Relations Search Committee or to Prof. Scott Sherman, Chair, Ad Strategy Search Committee); (2) current curriculum vitae (including the names and contact information of three references); and for the Associate or Assistant Professor position in PR or the Assistant Professor position in ad strategy (3) separate statements on scholarship agenda or professional focus and teaching philosophy or style; (4) non-returnable samples of research scholarship or professional work; (5) non-returnable samples of teaching materials and student work (if available); and for the Instructor position in PR (3) the following items as one PDF file: three non-returnable samples of teaching materials and/or professional work and three non-returnable samples of student work (if available).

Apply online at https://www.vcujobs.com/. For full consideration, application must be completed by September 15, 2017; position remains open until filled.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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