COFAC-N-3106, Assistant Professor, Strategic Public Relations and Integrated Communications

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Assistant Professor, Strategic Public Relations and Integrated Communications

Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

College of Fine Arts and Communication

The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies beginning August 2018.


PhD in the field of public relations/mass communication. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the Instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by February 1, 2019. Demonstrated success or potential as a classroom teacher, and potential research productivity. Ideal candidates may have (1) strong theoretical background on social media and expertise in social-media analytics and (2) skills in digital production (print, audio, and/or video). Professional and teaching experiences in strategic public relations or integrated marketing communications, and interdisciplinary experience or interest are also desirable.


Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units per academic year. Teach two or more undergraduate courses among: Social Media & Strategic Communication, PR Campaigns, Principles of PR, and PR writing (in the order of priority). Graduate teaching responsibilities include one or more core courses including Communication Theory, Research Methods, and others in the candidate’s area of scholarship and expertise. Undergraduate advising is part of teaching responsibilities. Also expected to supervise student theses and research projects. Scholarly research productivity, programmatic assessment activity, and service to the department, college and university are expected.

The Department:

The department ( offers a major in Communication Studies and a major in Mass Communication with tracks in Advertising, Strategic Public Relations, Journalism and New Media. A master’s degree in communication management is offered. The department annually enrolls approximately 1,200 majors served by 30 full-time and 40 part-time faculty.

Towson University:

Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:

The review of completed applications begins October 1, 2017 and continues until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of potential for teaching effectiveness, three letters of recommendation (sent under separate covers), and official graduate transcripts to:

Chair, Asst. Prof-PR

Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Towson University

8000 York Road

Towson, MD 21252-0001

All or part of the application may be submitted via email to [email protected]

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

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Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 7/20/2017
Application Due: 9/18/2017
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