University of Florida

College of Journalism and Communications
Department of Advertising
Department of Public Relations
Tenure-track Faculty Position
Assistant Professor of Advertising/Public Relations

The Department of Advertising and the Department of Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida jointly invite applications for a nine-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor, to begin August 2018.

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is recognized as a national leader in communication scholarship and professional skills development. In our march to preeminence, we are adding 15 new lecturer and faculty positions across Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Telecommunication disciplines. Be part of an ambitious, progressive and collaborative program at one of the U.S. News and World Report’s top-ten public research universities in the U.S.

Qualifications: Candidates for the assistant professor position in advertising/public relations must possess an earned Ph.D. in communication or other relevant field by August 2018 and a record of original scholarly research. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in one or a combination of the following areas: digital/social media communications, digital media planning and strategy, social media management and evaluation, media analytics, and other areas relevant to advertising/public relations. Candidates for the position should have extensive knowledge of diverse current and emerging social media platforms, as well as a rich understanding of a wide range of digital media analytics/tools for making strategic communication decisions. Other qualifications include evidence of excellence in teaching, a publication record, potential to secure grant funding, and productivity and effectiveness in contributing to a collegial environment. Applicants should have the ability to understand and communicate with people with multicultural backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student and community populations and supporting a climate of inclusion with respect to race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, class, culture, and religion.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in both advertising and public relations, with one of the departments as his/her tenure-home department. The faculty member will supervise master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations. He or she will advise undergraduate and graduate students, engage in governance and other service activities, and demonstrate interest in contributing to online education, diversity, and the internationalization of the college and university.

The Department of Advertising is a national leader in advertising and strategic communications education with more than 600 majors. The department offers a complete curriculum consisting of 52 professional credit hours with a strong focus on understanding audiences and marketing strategy. With 11 full-time faculty and 10 part-time adjuncts, who are often working professionals, our students are exposed to a diverse range of teaching experiences, professional expertise and scholarly acumen.

The Department of Public Relations is one of the top public relations programs in the country, with eight tenured faculty members, one endowed chair in public interest communications, and two full-time lecturers, for a total of 11 faculty members. It serves approximately 600 undergraduate majors, 25 master’s students, and 10 Ph.D. students. The Department consistently is ranked among the top three public relations programs in the United States and enjoys an excellent international reputation.

The College of Journalism and Communications ( has 57 full-time faculty members teaching in four departments: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Telecommunication. A recognized national leader in the field, the College is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The College also houses a full-service communications agency, led by professionals and staffed by students. The University of Florida is a member of the Association of American Universities and is categorized in the Carnegie Commission’s top tier of research universities. UF’s more than 52,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Application Procedure: To view application instructions and complete an online résumé, visit The reference number for the vacancy is 505644. Applications must include an electronic copy of the following: (1) a letter of interest; (2) complete curriculum vitae; (3) teaching evaluation data, where available, or evidence of teaching effectiveness; and (4) names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-4621 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Review of applications will begin January 24, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

The search is conducted under Florida’s open records laws, and all documents are open for public inspection.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO employer.

Questions can be directed to either Dr. Moon J. Lee, at (352) 273-1699/ or Dr. Eunice Kim, at (352) 392-5059/

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