Mississippi State University

Department of Communication

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Public Relations

Main Campus – Starkville, MS

Position Open Date
15 August 2017- Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Area of Specialization
Public Relations

Anticipated Appointment Date
August 16, 2018

Position Function
This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track faculty position requiring the successful candidate to teach, conduct research, and perform service.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the activities below. The successful candidate will have an appropriate teaching load each semester based on rank.

The successful candidate will teach courses in the Public Relations Concentration that has approximately 300 majors. Courses may include Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Production, Public Relations Case Problems, Principles of Public Relations, Research in Public Relations & Advertising, as well as the capstone course, Public Relations in Organizations. The candidate should be familiar with Adobe products and comfortable working in a Macintosh environment. The ability to teach courses in other concentrations is a plus.

The typical course load for an assistant or associate professor with an active research agenda is three courses per semester. During the first year of employment, a special additional course equivalent reassignment per semester for tenure track positions may be granted (for an overall 2-2 load), thus encouraging the individual to initiate or continue a strong research program. Summer teaching is often available, but is not guaranteed.

Research is defined by the university, college, and department in a broad context. Excellence in research or creative achievement must be established by critical peer evaluation, using standards prevailing in the discipline. More information on promotion and tenure is available at http://msuinfo.ur.msstate.edu/handbook.fac/v.html.

Service includes advising majors and student organizations, developing curriculum, and serving on committees. Service activities within the community and professional disciplines also are recognized as aspects of faculty achievement.

More information on promotion and tenure is available at http://msuinfo.ur.msstate.edu/handbook.fac/v.html.

For tenure track positions, the appropriate terminal degree and a strong record of or potential for successful teaching and scholarly research are required. Highly qualified ABDs will be considered, but a communication-related terminal degree must be completed within one year of the appointment date.

Teaching experience in public relations courses and public relations professional practice are preferred. The APR credential is also preferred.

Salary and benefits are competitive. A summary of employee benefits is available at www.hrm.msstate.edu.

The successful candidates must have a thorough knowledge of the field and a willingness to participate collegially in a broad department. Colleagues must be able to communicate that knowledge in the classroom environment to students as well as to other important groups through scholarship and service. See above for overall duties and responsibilities.

All applicants must apply online at http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/job/496144/assistant-professor-or-associate-professor and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and philosophy of teaching.

In addition, please send three reference letters to Dr. Melody Fisher, Chair of Public Relations Search Committee, Department of Communication, P.O. Box PF, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

As a land-grant institution created by Congress through the 1862 Morrill Act, Mississippi State University embraces a mission of learning, service, and research that serve all sectors of the state’s diverse population. MSU is one of only a few schools to earn both research and community engagement rankings from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Moreover, the National Science Foundation ranks Mississippi State among the nation’s top 100 research institutions. MSU is a recognized leader in a number of disciplines, and well known for innovative partnerships, real-world impact and offering undergraduate and graduate students unique research opportunities. Resources on campus that may be of particular interest to communication scholars include the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, the Social Science Research Center, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Institute for the Humanities.

The Department of Communication is within the College of Arts & Sciences and currently serves approximately 600 majors. Communication majors may choose from one or more of the following concentrations: Broadcasting, Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre.

Graduates have demonstrated success in various graduate programs and by working in diverse locations throughout the country, including public relations/marketing/advertising firms, television stations, newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations, corporations, government entities, medical centers, colleges, school districts, and law firms. Additional department information is available at www.comm.msstate.edu.

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