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Public Relations Instructor

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a full-time instructor in public relations to join the faculty in August 2017. The ideal candidate will have a passion for teaching and preparing undergraduate students for the professional work of public relations.

Candidate must have expertise and experience in public relations writing, strategic planning and creative use and monitoring of digital public relations. Candidate must have a master’s degree in communications or related areas, or an MBA, and at least five years of professional experience in public relations. Previous teaching experience is a plus.

We are particularly looking for a candidate with the ability to teach public relations writing for multiple platforms and the desire to advise our growing chapter of PRSSA. The ideal candidate would have national press and/or agency experience and expertise in digital/social media.

The teaching load is four classes per semester. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position.

The School

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications currently enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduates and 60 graduate students in journalism, advertising, public relations, visual communications and mass communications. The school moved to its new state-of-the-art, 55,000-square-foot facility in Fall 2015. The SJMC offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and mass communication and a Ph.D. in mass communication, and has enjoyed consistent and sustained growth in its accomplishments in academic and professional areas. 

The University

The University of South Carolina is in South Carolina’s capital, a family-friendly city located equidistant from beautiful Atlantic beaches and the historic, rolling Blue Ridge mountains. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

Applications, nominations or questions should be addressed to:

Lisa Sisk
Chair – Public Relations Instructor Search Committee
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208 

Phone: 803-777-8605

Applicants should send electronically a letter of application, CV or resume, the names of at least three references and three writing samples demonstrating professional expertise. The application materials should be prepared in a single PDF and emailed to the search committee chair. The search committee’s review of applications will begin June 1 and continue until the position is filled.