The Department of Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time (nine- or twelve-month) Lecturer position, to begin August 2019.
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is recognized as a national leader in communication scholarship and professional skills development. Be part of an ambitious, progressive and collaborative program at one of the U.S. News and World Report's top-ten public research universities in the U.S.
A bachelor's degree is required. A master's degree in public relations, communications or a related field is preferred. Applicants must have at least five years of professional public relations experience.
Other qualifications include potential for excellence in teaching, a record of working productively and effectively in and contributing to a diverse collegial environment and a diverse student body, plus skills or experience that will enable the Department and College to achieve their strategic goals. Applicants should have the ability to understand and communicate with people with multicultural backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student and community populations and supporting a climate of inclusion with respect to race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, class, culture, and religion.
A successful candidate shall teach three to four public relations courses per semester (depending on service assignments), collaborate in the development and update of undergraduate and graduate curricula; bolster public relations, reputation management and digital course offerings that would appeal across departments; and be a dedicated participant in department-related faculty activities. Additional responsibilities may include advising student-related professional activities, acting as a liaison between the department and the industry, collaborating with The Agency, the College's integrated communications agency, mentoring students in job search and placement, and building on the momentum to improve diversity in the Department and across the industry. The candidate selected shall maintain professional involvement to keep up with developments and advancements of the profession and its practices.
The Department of Public Relations is one of the top public relations programs in the country, with nine tenure-track faculty members, one endowed chair in public interest communications, and four full-time lecturers, for a total of 14 faculty members. It serves approximately 730 undergraduate majors, 27 master's students, and 17 Ph.D. students. The Department consistently is ranked among the top three public relations programs in the United States and enjoys an excellent international reputation. The public relations undergraduate program is certified (CEPR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The department faculty currently advises UF's award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America chapter; Alpha PRoductions, a student-run public relations agency; and fields a team each year for PRSA's Bateman Competition. The department recently founded the nation's first Hispanic Public Relations Student Association.
The College of Journalism and Communications (www.jou.ufl.edu) has 63 full-time faculty members teaching in four departments: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Telecommunication. A recognized national leader in the field, the College is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The College also houses a full-service communications agency, led by professionals and staffed by students. The University of Florida is a member of the Association of American Universities and is categorized in the Carnegie Commission's top tier of research universities. UF's more than 52,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
Application Procedure: To view application instructions and complete an online résumé, visit https://jobs.ufl.edu/. The reference number for the vacancy is 42228 Applications must include an electronic copy of the following: (1) a letter of interest; (2) complete curriculum vitae or resume; (3) names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-4621 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The search is conducted under Florida's open records laws, and all documents are open for public inspection.
Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO employer.
Questions can be directed to Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, (352) 294-1572, or firstname.lastname@example.org