Job Summary/Basic Function: JOBSUMMARY: The Department of Communication at Lamar University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in Public Relations/Advertising.
In this role, the hire would teach a variety of courses within the public relations and advertising concentration area. Courses may include Introduction to Public Relations, Advertising Principles and Practices, Public Relations Writing, Advertising Copywriting, Advanced Advertising, Persuasion, Public Relations Campaigns, Issues Management, and other courses relevant to the applicant's specialty area and departmental needs. As a tenure-track professor, the hire will have course releases to continue their research or creative activities. The hire will teach face-to-face courses and online courses.
DUTIES: The department is seeking a hire with the experience, research, teaching, and service that can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the Lamar University community and the Department of Communication's academic community. The hire will also engage in a focused program of academic and creative scholarship as well as be the co-advisor for AdFed and PRSSA as well as serving on departmental, college, and university committees as needed. An active research agenda, ideally combining public relations or advertising with one or more of the following areas is required: social, mobile, digital media, storytelling, data insights and analytics, diversity, and/or the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies. The ideal candidate will participate in the development of online courses for graduate and undergraduate programs. The department is especially interested in candidates who can work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds. The Department is open to a variety of methodological approaches.
Minimum Qualifications: QUALIFICATIONS: A terminal degree in public relations, strategic communication, advertising, mass communication, or related discipline as well as experience in public relations and/or advertising are required by August 1, 2019. ABDs will be considered and are encouraged to apply. University-level teaching experience is required; graduate and/or online teaching is a plus. Women, veterans, and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply, as are candidates with international and interdisciplinary experience.
The successful candidate should maintain a current understanding of changes and trends in the profession and effective pedagogical practices and have active involvement with one or more national or international professional associations (e.g., PRSA, IABC), an established record of teaching at the undergraduate level, 2 to 3 years work experience in the media industry, expertise in teaching a variety of communication courses such as strategic social media, communication management, mobile media, public relations/advertising ethics, diversity in PR/advertising, content creation, strategic writing, media history, critical/cultural theory, and qualitative or quantitative research methods, and a commitment to service learning.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and rank.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications & Rank
Posting Date: 06/28/2018
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions: APPLICATIONPROCEDURE: To apply: Application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources website. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer that values diversity, respects differences, and provides a sense of belonging and inclusion.
About the Department of Communication: The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. Students build a variety of communication skills in areas such as interpersonal communication, communication theory, public speaking, oral interpretation and debate, and media writing.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana