Ball State University

Assistant Professor of Journalism: Public Relations

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Relations in the PRSA-certified undergraduate and graduate programs in the ACEJMC-accredited Department of Journalism available August 2018.

Primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in public relations principles, management, research, campaigns, and skills classes; teaching graduate classes in public relations theories, management, case studies, measurement and evaluation techniques, campaigns, and research methods; conduct and publish scholarly research in related areas and advise theses and creative projects; provide leadership for Cardinal Communications (student-run public relations firm).

The ACEJMC accredited Department of Journalism at Ball State University offers undergraduate majors in advertising, public relations, journalism graphics, photojournalism, magazine media, news, and journalism education, as well as graduate programs in journalism, public relations, and emerging media design and development. The department’s innovative curricular approach to advertising and public relations education combined with exceptional co-curricular opportunities and facilities promise to graduate real-world ready professionals for the communication careers of the future. The $1 million Holden Strategic Communication Center (HSCC) and Advertising Sales and Creative Suite (ASCS) are the state-of-the-art home to departmentally supported advertising and public relations agencies. The agencies work in cooperation with Ball State University’s independent student media including the Daily News (print and online newspaper), Ball Bearings (print and online magazine), NewsLink Indiana (television newscast), Btye (online magazine), and student media content aggregation site,, which are housed in the $4 million Unified Media Lab.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in mass communication, journalism, public relations, or related field from an accredited college or university; evidence of research productivity.

Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. in mass communication, journalism, public relations, or related field from an accredited college or university, professional experience in public relations or strategic communication; successful research record; specialization in media analytics; evidence of teaching effectiveness at the university level; evidence of excellence in service to the academy and professional community with demonstrated potential for administrative leadership of the undergraduate PR major.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: cover letter addressed to Dr. YoungAh Lee and curriculum vitae Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through February 25, 2018. Interviewees will be required to submit copies of transcripts for highest related degree earned prior to an in-person interview. Original, official transcripts will be required at time of hire.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. At more than 22,500 students, enrollment for the 2017-18 academic year is Ball State’s largest ever. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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