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Assistant/Associate Professor in Strategic Communication

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Four-Year Institution

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School of Journalism and Media - 350100

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Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Assistant/Associate Professor in Strategic Communication

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track

Vacancy ID:



Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week:




Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on experience and qualifications

Proposed Start Date:


Be a Tar Heel!:

A global higher education leader in innovative teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities. Known for its beautiful campus, world-class medical care, commitment to the arts and top athletic programs, Carolina is an ideal place to teach, work and learn.One of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, Chapel Hill has diverse social, cultural, recreation and professional opportunities that span the campus and community.University employees can choose from a wide range of professional training opportunities for career growth, skill development and lifelong learning and enjoy exclusive perks for numerous retail, restaurant and performing arts discounts, savings on local child care centers and special rates on select campus events. UNC-Chapel Hill offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package, paid leave, and a variety of health, life and retirement plans and additional programs that support a healthy work/life balance.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Hussman School affirms that the hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions should be the purview of the faculty and appropriate university bodies. We are a diverse, collaborative group of researchers and practitioners who address questions in political, social, and strategic communication; media processes and production; legal and regulatory issues in communication; media uses and effects; and health communication. The assistant or associate professor will become part of a vibrant team of researchers and professionals who contribute innovative ideas and solutions to the academy, classroom, and the practice.

We are also diverse in methodological approaches and welcome scholars who bridge methodological and theoretical traditions. We have strong interdisciplinary partners within the School of Information and Library Science and Gillings School of Global Public Health. In partnership with the School of Law, we operate the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, which includes a graduate-level dual-degree program. We also have ties with Computer Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, Business, Public Policy and other departments and schools at the university.

In addition to robust undergraduate programs in public relations, advertising, and journalism, the Hussman School offers a Ph.D. in Media and Communication, an online M.A. in Digital Communication, and a two-year residential M.A. in Media and Communication with a focus on theory and research. The School also offers two new one-year M.A. programs in Strategic Communication and Journalism.

Position Summary:

The Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a leading strategic communication, advertising, or public relations scholar/teacher to join the faculty in Fall of 2025. The ideal candidate will have a proven research record and help to meet the high demand for strategic communication, public relations, and advertising courses among our undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students.

This tenure track/tenured position is open at the assistant or associate professor level. Initial rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Successful candidates for associate professor with tenure will bring academic credentials that will qualify them to earn tenure at a top-tier Research 1 public university, such as UNC Chapel Hill. Applicants at either level must hold a Ph.D. or will have completed a Ph.D. before hire and have teaching experience as an instructor of record. This nine-month position carries the possibility of additional employment during the summer months. Summer teaching is not guaranteed.

The duties for this assistant or associate professor on the research track will include conducting research in the area of strategic communication, advertising, and/or public relations. The teaching commitment would include four (4) courses per academic year (two courses per semester) at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty member is expected to have an active research portfolio with publications in leading media and communication journals and presentations at leading research conferences and will be expected to mentor and advise students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as chair doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Undergraduate courses may include public relations writing, principles, research, case studies, and campaigns. Graduate-level courses may include public relations theory and practice; qualitative and/or quantitative research approaches; reputation management; case studies and management; strategic writing; or insights and analytics. The assistant or associate professor also will be encouraged to develop new courses to diversify the curriculum and to reflect the fast-moving fields of public relations, advertising, and/or strategic communication.

In addition to research and teaching, service contributions include activities addressing the general needs of UNC Hussman and UNC-Chapel Hill, such as serving on committees and engaging in outreach and development. This person will also have active participation and leadership potential in national and international research and professional associations such as AEJMC, ICA, NCA, AAA, Public Relations Society of America, and the Institute for Public Relations.

This position is expected to fulfill the standard requirements for teaching, research and service expected of an assistant or associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or will have completed a Ph.D. before hire and have teaching experience as an instructor of record. The successful candidate will have media or communications industry experience to bring to the classroom as well as a proven record of research in the area of strategic communication, public relations, or advertising.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Proficiency in one or more research methods, including qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods and demonstrated expertise in emerging fields that complement and advance the School’s mission and vision is preferred.

Applicants are preferred to have 5 or more years of media or communications industry experience to bring to the classroom and evidence of the potential for attracting extramural funds, including but not limited to grants.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

Please apply at and upload the following documents:

1. Curriculum vitae;2. Cover letter highlighting qualifications;3. Research statement;
4. Teaching portfolio, including philosophy statement, examples of courses taught, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., summary of or example of recent teaching evaluations). Please upload the teaching portfolio as a single file.
5. Two representative publications – please upload as a single file (“Other Document”);
Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Lucinda Austin, at


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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