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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123330
Title: Assistant Professor
Functional Title: Assistant Professor
Category Status: 02-Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: ARHU-Communication
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

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,
particularly students from groups traditionally underrepresented in our field.

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 (, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (, the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (, African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities (; and/or the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (

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. We have a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body and encourage individuals with a background in mentoring and teaching students from underrepresented groups to note their experiences in those areas. 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.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of recent research, three letters of recommendation, as well as evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching philosophy, course evaluations).

More information about the Department of Communication is available at

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Communication, Mass Communication, or a related field at the time of appointment. Have ability to advise graduate students.


Ability to contribute to one of the department’s research centers (see position summary) desirable. Experience with and pursuit of extramural research funding.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 08/30/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 09/22/2017
Physical Demands

Operation of basic office equipment, mobility to move between buildings for classes, and possibility to carry, push, and/or pull objects weighting up to 10lbs.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research (examples: research statement, research programs)
  4. Teaching (examples: teaching philosophy, student evaluations)
Optional Documents

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