University of Minnesota

Position Opening: Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication – Public Relations

The Hubbard of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of strategic communication, to begin fall semester 2020 (August 31, 2020). We are seeking an outstanding scholar with research and teaching interests in public relations.
Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience and consistent with collegiate and University policy. Candidates for the position must possess an earned Ph.D. in communication, mass communication, or another relevant field by August 2020 and a record of original scholarly research. Candidates at all experience levels (including ABD candidates and advanced assistant professor candidates) will be considered and are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who complement existing Hubbard School faculty with demonstrated expertise in one or a combination of the following areas: advocacy/social change communication, corporate/nonprofit communication, ethics, international/multicultural communication, media analytics, public diplomacy, risk or crisis communication, social influence and networks, social media, and other areas relevant to public relations.
Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work and relevance to the position in public relations, evidence of research ability, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and strength of recommendations. Meaningful professional experience and the capacity to contribute to the ongoing development and delivery of a rapidly evolving curriculum in strategic communication are desirable.

About the Job
Depending on their background and interests, the successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the School’s core undergraduate program curriculum in addition to courses in the strategic communication BA, professional MA and/or academic MA/PhD program in their area of expertise.
Faculty in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research or creative activity that includes publication, exhibition, or performance; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of the appointment to the department, college, University, and profession.
The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication are available at:
The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at:
The complete position announcement, including required and preferred qualifications, duties and responsibilities, and application instructions, is available on the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s website: We are committed to attracting candidates
from historically under-represented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a base for innovation.

About the School
The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota is part of the College of Liberal Arts and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. Founded in 1922, the School has been ranked in several national surveys as among the foremost journalism schools in the United States.
The HSJMC is ideally situated in one of the nation’s most dynamic and creative metropolitan regions. The Twin Cities region is home to major media institutions, strategic communication (advertising, public relations, interactive/digital communication) firms, and Fortune 500 companies. This allows the HSJMC to forge innovative partnerships and collaborations between industry and the academy in both research and teaching. The HSJMC is also strongly committed to community engagement and advancing an understanding of cultural and individual diversity in society (e.g., diversity related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status).
For inquiries regarding the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, please contact Dr. Elisia Cohen, Professor and Director of the School, by email:, or call the School at 612.625.1338.

About the College of Liberal Arts

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota’s land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent
education: The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. Please see the University of Minnesota Employment system to search for Job ID 333018 or search by title: Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication – Public Relations.
To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have an opportunity to complete an online application, and to attach (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your research program and its influence on the field, and your teaching experience and interests in courses in the HSJMC curricula, (2) your curriculum vitae, and (3) a list of three references as an additional document through your “My Activities” page. No references will be contacted before the search committee chair notifies candidates.
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.
For position description questions or specific questions related to the search, contact Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair, Dr. Amy O’Connor, by email:
Review of applicants will begin on October 1, 2019. This position will remain open until filled.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and  inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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