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Assistant Professor, Communication (Advertising/Public Relations)

University of Tampa k

Tampa, FL

Sep 21
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Assistant Professor, Communication (Advertising/Public Relations)



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Position Details

The Department of Communication's Advertising and Public Relations (ADPR) program, within the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Tampa, seeks a passionate full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor to join a thriving undergraduate program to start August 2024.

The University of Tampa is a medium-sized, comprehensive, residentially-based private institution of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University is ideally situated on a beautiful 110-acre campus next to the Hillsborough River, adjacent to Tampa's dynamic central business district, which is a growing, vibrant, diverse metropolitan area. UT reflects this vibrancy; with 24 consecutive years of enrollment growth UT boasts 260 student organizations, a multicultural student body from 50 states and more than 100 countries, and "Top Tier" ranking in U.S. News and World Report.

We are seeking an individual with a focus on public relations, especially within media and public relations writing. Preferred candidates should have professional experience in strategic communication and previous teaching experience in higher education. The candidate should also be able to teach a combination of classes in the Advertising & Public Relations major in areas such as media writing, principles of public relations, communication media ethics, and other related courses, while seeking opportunities for professional achievement, scholarly production, and/or creative exhibition, and mentoring students in creative work. The search committee invites applicants from underrepresented groups, recognizing the importance of diverse voices in strategic communication, and appreciates candidates with academic experiences with diverse populations.

The Advertising & Public Relations undergraduate program fosters three concentrations: Advertising Creative, Public Relations, and the General (combined) concentration. All three concentrations prepare students for professional and academic careers in strategic communication by featuring advanced digital facilities, education in theory and practice, advanced problem-solving, and exploration of communication ethics, as well as critical perspectives on media and culture. Small class sizes at The University of Tampa allow for mentorship connections with students, as well as student engagement with local, national, and international networks in media, advertising, and public relations.

The Department of Communication is home to approximately 800 students in four vibrant majors and participates in delivering two interdisciplinary M.A. programs. Undergraduate programs include Advertising & Public Relations (ADPR); Communication Media Studies (CMS); Journalism (JOU), and Speech and Communication Studies (CSS). Graduate programs include the M.A. in Professional Communication (MAPC) and M.A. in Social and Emerging Media (MASEM).

The tenure-track faculty member in this position will support the Advertising & Public Relations program in the following ways:

- create an inclusive, equitable classroom environment for a diverse student body
- deliver a 3/3 teaching load (i.e., three courses of four credit hours each during a 15-week semester)
- seek opportunities for professional, scholarly, and/or creative growth and achievement
- mentor and advise students about career opportunities and registration
- fulfill foundational service responsibilities indicated in The University of Tampa's Faculty Handbook
- join a collaborative faculty group in continual curriculum and program improvements
- continually update skills and knowledge to remain current in digital media practices and technologies

Required Qualifications
Interested candidates should possess:
- a Ph.D. related to the field, by August 15, 2024
- sensitivity to and understanding of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds
- knowledge of strategic practices for meeting communication goals
- expertise in the teaching area, mainly public relations courses
- critical perspectives on electronic culture
- commitment to social equity and community well-being
- Past teaching experience and professional experience are preferred
- Knowledge of ACEJMC Accreditation is a plus

Required Attachments
All required documents listed below should be uploaded the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page of the application before continuing through the application.
1. Cover letter
2. Current Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University delivers challenging and high-quality educational experiences to a diverse group of learners. The University has a strong core curriculum rooted in the liberal arts, an enduring commitment to internationalization that has garnered the Senator Paul Simon Award, and a practical, experiential approach to learning. The University offers more than 200 areas of study, including majors in our colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Natural and Health Sciences and Social Sciences, Math and Education and 14 master's programs.

The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) is a place where theory meets practice and expression meets experience. Guided by faculty who are talented artists and distinguished scholars, students come to CAL to study everything from fleeting 140-character tweets to enduring works of classic literature. The College is home to eight collaborative and innovative academic departments: Art and Design, Communication, English and Writing, Film, Animation and New Media, Languages and Linguistics, Music, Philosophy and Religion, and Theatre and Dance.

As a community of scholars and artists, the College of Arts and Letters engages in cutting-edge creative work, technological innovation, critical scholarly practice, and dialogue with diverse communities. Faculty and students across CAL work with emerging technologies in cutting-edge facilities including the stunning new Ferman Center for the Arts, the Bailey Art Studios and FabLAB, the historic Falk Theatre, the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, and the Cass media production facilities.

The University of Tampa is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other non-job related criteria. The University of Tampa recognizes the importance of a multicultural community of students, faculty, and staff who seek to advance our commitment to diversity. The University invites applications from underrepresented groups and those who have academic experiences with diverse populations.

Submission Guidelines

To receive full consideration for a faculty appointment with The University of Tampa, please be sure to submit/upload documents as required for this position at time of application submission. Required documents should be submitted in the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page of the application before continuing through the application.

External Field

Background Check Requirements

Finalists may be required to submit to a criminal background check.

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