Posting Information: The Department of Communication at Western Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of communication and public relations for fall 2014.
Western Carolina University is part of the University of North Carolina system. Located in Cullowhee, NC, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From its 600-acre main campus, through programs in Asheville, at various community colleges and online, WCU serves 10,000 students.
All faculty members participate in regional engagement and support the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The Department of Communication is known for its engaged teaching and learning. Applicants are encouraged to visit the WCU website (www.wcu.edu) and read the university's vision and details about the QEP.
The Department of Communication offers the B.S. Degree in Communication with concentrations in broadcasting, broadcast sales, journalism and public relations. There are approximately 200 majors overall with about one-third concentrating in PR.
Duties include teaching undergraduate courses in public relations/communication and advising Western's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). A WCU graduate currently serves as the immediate past president of PRSSA national. Additional duties include advising public relations students, engaging in scholarship, and departmental, institutional, and regional service.
WCU is committed to the Boyer model of scholarship, stewardship of place, integrated learning, and engagement.
Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: Applicants with a Ph.D. in Communication and professional public relations experience are preferred; ABDs in Communication with significant professional experience will be considered. Applicants with expertise in Internet public relations, social media, and new technology are highly desirable.
Degree must be from an appropriately accredited institution.
Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered, applicants must apply online. Submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and a list of at least three professional references. Include names, affiliations, email addresses, and telephone numbers.
Finalists will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information:
Don Connelly, search chair
109 Old Student Union
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Please, NO phone calls
WCU is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution (http://www.wcu.edu/28762.asp). Final candidates for employment will be subject to criminal background checks. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment. All new employees are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Degrees must have been awarded by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
Western Carolina University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.