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College of Information and Communications

Employment Opportunitiy

Posted July 24, 2018

Assistant Professor in Public Relations

The College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in public relations to join our award-winning School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty in August 2019.

We value diversity of background, experience and research perspectives.  Successful applicants will have earned a Ph.D. in mass communication or a related field and have demonstrated a strong record of, and commitment to, high-quality academic research consistent with SJMC tenure and promotion guidelines. Scholars who can advance a national research agenda are preferred. ABD candidates with a promising research agenda will also be considered.

We are seeking candidates who are dynamic and engaging in the classroom as an instructor of record.  Ideal candidates will also have demonstrated professional success as a public relations practitioner.

We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in digital media, multicultural communications and/or global public relations, as well as other areas of interest compatible with our public relations curriculum and school mission (i.e., sport and entertainment communication, social media strategy, nonprofit communication management, crisis communication and public relations ethics). We seek a collaborative and energetic colleague with a record of service to the unit, university and profession.

Candidates should have the demonstrated ability and commitment to contribute to our award-winning undergraduate curriculum in public relations campaigns, writing and management, as well as the ability to further integrate digital communication into our program. Candidates will also have opportunities to teach in our professional master’s program as well as contribute to research- and theoretical-based courses in our doctoral program.

The School

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and enrolls approximately 1,600 undergraduates and 60 graduate students. The School maintains a dual-track (academic and professional) tenure and promotion system and values both academic credentials and professional expertise.  The faculty consists of a collegial group of researchers and educators with a wide range of backgrounds and interests.  As the largest major in the school, the public relations sequence boasts outstanding students and accomplished faculty, houses an award-winning, student-run strategic communication agency and supports student organizations such as PRSSA.

The College

The information and communications landscapes are evolving — and merging — at lightning speed. One of the only programs in the country that combines these two fields, we specialize in creating data analysts, social media strategists and the leaders of tomorrow. 

The University

The University of South Carolina is classified as a research-extensive university with very high research activity.  The university is located in South Carolina’s capital, a unique, 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. The University of South Carolina is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

Application Procedure

Applicants should apply here:

Application materials should include a letter of application, CV, the names and contact information of at least three references and one sample of a journal article to demonstrate research expertise.  The search committee’s review of applications will begin September 10 and continue until the position is filled.

Nominations or questions may be addressed to:

Professor Ernest Wiggins
Chair – PR Faculty Search Committee
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208