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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

Employment Opportunities

Public Relations

Posted Aug. 5, 2014

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in public relations to join the faculty in August 2015. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to teaching and a passion for scholarship in public relations. We are looking for a candidate with the ability and willingness to teach public relations campaigns, writing, and/or management. Expertise and experience in strategic planning, monitoring and creative use of digital public relations — web, social media, and mobile — will be a plus. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in communication or related areas or a master's degree with substantial professional experience in public relations. The School maintains a dual-track (academic and professional) faculty tenure and promotion system, values both academic credentials and professional expertise, and welcomes candidates from both sides. ABDs are encouraged to apply. Candidates with a Ph.D. are expected to demonstrate strong record of or potential for scholarly research in public relations.

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 offers bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and mass communication and a Ph.D. in mass communication. The faculty consists of a collegial group of researchers and educators with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. 

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

Applications, nominations or questions may be addressed to:

Sei-Hill Kim, Ph.D.
Chair – PR Faculty Search Committee
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-7037
Skype: 803-777-7037

Applicants should send electronically a letter of application, CV, the names of at least three references, one sample of either a journal article or professional output to demonstrate research and/or 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 September 15th and continue until the position is filled.