Department Chair for Advertising + Public Relations

Requisition Number: 0811005

Position Summary: Oversee the administration of the Department of Advertising + Public Relations.

Minimum Preferred Qualifications: The College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa seeks a chair to oversee the administration of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. The chair directs the teaching, research, creative activity, and service efforts for a department with scholars working in public relations and advertising, as well as media effects, public opinion, history, law, ethics, sports, nonprofits, internal communications, and digital communications. The new chair will have the opportunity to help shape one of the nation's leading advertising and public relations departments, which comprises 26 full-time faculty members teaching 1,420 undergraduate and graduate students. The department has a faculty of eminent teachers, scholars and advertising and PR professionals with national and international reputations. We seek a leader who understands and shares our department's commitment to excellence and its mission to prepare highly competent, socially conscious, and engaged leaders to shape the future of global advertising and public relations. The successful candidate will be a scholar who values innovation, creativity, rigorous inquiry, collegiality, and diversity, and who will contribute to the department's research/creative activity profile beyond her or his term as chair. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to collaborative decision-making and faculty governance. The department's public relations sequence, with 1,000 majors, offers a general major and specializations in technology and digital communication management, nonprofit communication management, and sports and entertainment communication management. The department's advertising sequence, with 400 majors, offers a general major and a consumer specialization as well as a creative specialization. The department's one-year professional and two-year traditional thesis-oriented M.A. programs combine advertising and public relations and typically enroll 15-20 students. The department is one of four academic units in the College of Communication & Information Sciences. The college has 3,225 undergraduates, 100 full-time faculty members, and 404 graduate students, including 48 in the college's Ph.D. program. Facilities include The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, the Institute for Communication and Information Research, and the College's new 50,000 square foot Digital Media Center, which is home to the Center for Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, and WVUA 23, a full-power commercial television station serving a top-50 television market. The university, college, and departments are fully accredited. The University of Alabama is the state's flagship public university and offers the full course of academic programs and social life to its approximately 38,000 students. It is located in Tuscaloosa, which has a metropolitan population of more than 115,000 and offers excellent quality of life with many cultural and outdoor activities, as well as a very reasonable cost of living. Tuscaloosa is a morning's drive from the Smoky Mountains, Gulf Coast beaches, New Orleans, Nashville, and Atlanta. A Ph.D. in communication or a closely related field is required. Candidates should be at the professor or senior associate professor rank, and should have the academic credentials and professional reputation that warrant a senior-level appointment at a major research institution. Candidates should have a distinguished record of research, college-level administrative experience, evidence of teaching excellence, and professional experience. The search is open with respect to subfield specialization. The successful candidate would be appointed to the permanent faculty and would serve as chair for an initial term of five years. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience. Candidates must apply online at and must attach a cover letter and CV that includes a list of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Please refer to the online instructions for applicants. Candidates selected for interviews will be required to submit a disclosure and consent form authorizing a background investigation. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The new chair will begin service in Fall 2018. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. William Gonzenbach at [email protected] The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions: Please attach a list of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses in Other Document 1.

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