University of Memphis

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Public Relations
University of Memphis Department of Journalism and Strategic Media

The University of Memphis Department of Journalism and Strategic Media seeks an Assistant Professor for a tenure-track position in public relations. The position is open to two types of candidates: 1) those with a doctorate in mass communication or a related field (ABD considered with a record of publication demonstrating research capacity and Ph.D. completion within a year of starting date) and professional experience or 2) those who have a master’s degree in a relevant field, APR certification, and substantial, full-time public relations professional experience.  College or university teaching experience is a plus. Any area of public relations specialization will be considered.

The successful candidate will have a robust public relations research agenda and teach public relations courses as well as core journalism and strategic media graduate classes in an ACEJMC-accredited department serving 400 undergraduate and 35 master’s students, enrolled in both on-campus and online programs. In addition, faculty members advise students and engage in professional development activities; this position will include advising the student chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Superior teaching and communication skills are required for a program emphasizing balance in teaching, research and service. The accomplishments of candidates for this position must reflect their commitment to working with an inclusive student population and their ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Screening will begin January 31, 2018, and may continue until the position is filled. The successful applicant will join the faculty in August 2018.  Applicants should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae and contact information for three references at If you have questions, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Melissa Janoske, 901-678-2853 or

University of Memphis Department of Journalism and Strategic Media
We are a dynamic, ACEJMC-accredited department of journalism and strategic media that works hard to offer our students cutting-edge knowledge and skills for the changing media landscape, while retaining a strong focus on the core values of quality journalism. Undergraduate majors include Public Relations, Journalism, Creative Mass Media, and Advertising.  The Public Relations major is one of the few programs in the country that boasts both ACEJMC accreditation and PRSA certification. In 1995 we pioneered the first online journalism/mass communication master’s program in the nation and continue to offer our M.A. and public relations B.A. online as well as on campus. Home to award-winning campus newspaper The Daily Helmsman, the student-run strategic communication agency Meeman 901, an active PRSSA chapter, and multiple international exchange programs, the department will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2018. Journalism and Strategic Media is one of six departments in the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is at the center of America’s heartland, a commercial and transportation hub made famous by the Mississippi River, by railroads and by FedEx. It is also a crossroads at the cusp of the Delta, a mixture of urban and rural, black and white, country and soul, gospel and secular. Not surprisingly, it is the birthplace of rock n’ roll and the home of the blues. Memphis boasts a diverse population of nearly 700,000, in a metro area of more than 1 million, thriving arts and music scenes, nationally recognized parks and libraries, and—oh, yes—world-famous barbecue.

The University of Memphis is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university.

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