Assistant Professor of Communication

Normal, Illinois
Salary is highly competitive.
Sep 01, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The School of Communication at Illinois State University invites applications for one, 9-month tenure-track assistant professor position: Assistant Professor of Communication – primary research and teaching proficiency in public relations, with a secondary area of fluency in organizational communication. Our public relations program is the first and only CEPR accredited program in Illinois, stressing strategic planning with technical and managerial competencies for successful PR.

Qualifications:  Ph.D. in public relations, communication, or a closely related field or Ed.D. is strongly preferred, although ABD will be considered if mutually accepted completion date of Ph.D./Ed.D. can be established. Candidates must possess the ability to teach theory, practices, and/or methods, especially in the areas of writing, media relations, new and traditional media channels, campaigns, corporate reputation, measurement, and program management. Candidates also must have an emerging or established research record relevant to the public relations field. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for teaching positions. The appointment begins August 16, 2018.  Salary is highly competitive. We are a collaborative group of individuals who value collegiality in our work and workplace.

We will start reviewing applications on October 2, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  To assure full consideration, all application material must arrive by October 2, 2017. Required application materials that must be submitted online through via posting number 0709822 are:

  • a detailed letter indicating fit to the position and giving concise philosophies about teaching and research, as well as a statement about your commitment to diversity;
  • record of teaching effectiveness (including details about the measurement instrument);
  • current curriculum vita;
  • electronic portfolio or a URL to any of their applicable professional PR work, if applicable; and
  • copies of all higher-education academic transcripts.

Additionally, three letters of recommendation must be sent to Denise Thomas, Business Manager, School of Communication, Campus Box 4480, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4480 (or by e-mail at

The School of Communication serves over 950 undergraduate and nearly 100 graduate students, offering degrees in Communication Studies, Journalism, Mass Media, and Public Relations (CEPR accredited program) along with a top-rated master’s degree in Communication.  The School has research and graphics computer labs, is building a Communication Innovation Center that includes our existing Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC), WZND LPFM 103.3 (student radio), high-definition television station (TV-10) with daily live newscasts, and the National Public Radio affiliate WGLT FM 89.1.  A variety of active student co-curricular organizations are promoted, including Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Lambda Pi Eta, a nationally ranked forensics program, Student Television Workshop, and the Documentary Project.  The School is also home to The Vidette, a top-ten student newspaper.  Illinois State enrolls over 20,000 students and is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.