Department Seeks Assistant Professor

The Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland-College Park invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in public relations. The starting date for this position is August 15, 2018.

Position Summary The successful candidate will have or show clear promise of a strong, active research program in public relations. The ideal candidate will specialize in digital public relations, with preference given to those who specialize in digital research of diverse and underserved populations. The successful candidate will also connect with or complement one or more of the other research foci in the department: communication science and social cognition and rhetoric and political culture. Candidates should also demonstrate an ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations theory, writing, campaigns, and qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Communication, Mass Communication, or a related field at the time of appointment and have the ability to advise graduate students. An ability to contribute to one of the department’s three research centers is also desirable (Center for Health and Risk Communication, Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership, and the Oral Communication Center). Experience with extramural research funding is highly desirable along with an interest in pursuing extramural funding (e.g., grants and contracts). Preference will also be given to candidates who can contribute to college and university-level interdisciplinary initiatives, such as the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies (dsah.umd.edu), the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (start.umd.edu), the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (crge.umd.edu), African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities (https://arhusynergy.umd.edu/programs/aadhum); and/or the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (http://mith.umd.edu/).

About the Department/University The Department of Communication offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Communication and an M.P.S. degree in Interpreting or Translation. The undergraduate communication major is the fifth largest major on campus and the largest within the College of Arts and Humanities. The undergraduate public relations program is certified by the Public Relations Society of America. The University of Maryland is a “Big Ten” university located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse and internationally-significant cities. Applicants interested in the area’s research resources, including federal funding agencies (e.g., NEH, NIH, NSF), government agencies (e.g., Departments of Defense and State, National Archives and Records Administration, Library of Congress), and NGOs are especially encouraged to apply. The Department of Communication is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. To that end, women, racial and ethnic minorities, members of the LGBT community, veterans, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. More information about the Department of Communication is available at www.comm.umd.edu.

Application Procedures Review of applications will begin September 22, 2017. The application should include: (1) a letter of interest that describes the applicant’s program of research and other qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) three letters of recommendations, (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness, and, (5) samples of recent research (i.e., journal articles, book chapters, conference papers). Application materials should be submitted to https://ejobs.umd.edu. Applicants with questions should email Dr. Erich Sommerfeldt, chair of the search committee, at esommerf@umd.edu or (301) 405-6528.

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