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College of Information and Communications

Public Relations

Posted July 25, 2017

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a seasoned tenure-track assistant or associate professor in public relations to join the faculty in August 2018.

Appointment at the assistant professor level requires completion of the Ph.D. in public relations, mass communications or a related field, and an established research agenda. Assistant professor candidates should be able to demonstrate teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant, instructor of record or other relevant teaching experience, and at least three years of professional experience in public relations.  

Appointment at the associate professor level requires a strong record of scholarly research.  Preferably, candidates should have experience teaching public relations at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and at least three years of professional public relations experience. 

We are looking for a candidate with the ability and willingness to teach public relations campaigns, writing, management and/or other courses in our undergraduate and professional master’s program and to teach both research- and theoretical-based courses in our doctoral program.

The ideal candidates will have expertise in digital, multicultural, or global public relations or other areas of interest compatible with our public relations curriculum and school mission. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate a record of service at the unit, university and professional levels.

The School

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and enrolls approximately 1,500 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. With 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 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 of at least three references and one sample of either a journal article or professional output to demonstrate research and/or professional expertise.  The search committee’s review of applications will begin September 15th and continue until the position is filled.

Nominations or questions may be addressed to:

Shirley Staples Carter, Ph.D.
Chair – PR Faculty Search Committee
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208 


803-777-7037 or

* Equal Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity.