Assistant Professor or Associate Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 032700 - Communication
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Department Profile:

The department ( is one of the largest on campus. Approximately 600 majors are in concentrations of Broadcasting, Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre. Students may choose concentrations in more than one area, and minors are offered in each concentration.

Area of Specialization:

Public Relations

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2018

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the activities below.

The successful candidate will have an appropriate teaching load each semester based on rank.

The successful candidate will teach courses in the Public Relations Concentration that has approximately 300 majors. Courses may include Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Production, Public Relations Case Problems, Principles of Public Relations, Research in Public Relations & Advertising, as well as the capstone course, Public Relations in Organizations. The candidate should be familiar with Adobe products and comfortable working in a Macintosh environment. The ability to teach courses in other concentrations is a plus.

The typical course load for an assistant or associate professor with an active research agenda is three courses per semester. During the first year of employment, a special additional course equivalent reassignment per semester for tenure track positions may be granted (for an overall 2-2 load), thus encouraging the individual to initiate or continue a strong research program. Summer teaching is often available, but is not guaranteed.

Research is defined by the university, college, and department in a broad context. Excellence in research or creative achievement must be established by critical peer evaluation, using standards prevailing in the discipline. More information on promotion and tenure is available in the faculty handbook which can be found at

Service includes advising majors and student organizations, developing curriculum, and serving on committees. Service activities within the community and professional disciplines also are recognized as aspects of faculty achievement.

Minimum Qualifications:

For tenure track positions, the appropriate terminal degree and a strong record of or potential for successful teaching and scholarly research are required. Highly qualified ABDs will be considered, but a communication-related terminal degree must be completed within one year of the appointment date.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Teaching experience in public relations courses and public relations professional practice are preferred. The APR credential is also preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidates must have a thorough knowledge of the field and a willingness to participate collegially in a broad department. Colleagues must be able to communicate that knowledge in the classroom environment to students as well as to other important groups through scholarship and service. See above for overall duties and responsibilities.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and philosophy of teaching.

In addition, please send three reference letters to Dr. Melody Fisher, Chair of Public Relations Search Committee, Department of Communication, P.O. Box PF, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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