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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor of Communications; Public Relations

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This position requires that applicants attach an electronic copy of a cover letter, resume/cv, and reference list. This position also requires applicants submit unofficial or official transcripts, and three letters of reference. Electronic copies of unofficial transcripts may be attached under the attachment headings of Unofficial Transcript 1, Unofficial Transcript 2, etc. Electronic copies of reference letters or transcripts may be emailed to as attachments in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format. Reference providers' contact information must be entered into the online application. The system should automatically notify each reference of the reference request and provide a link by which to upload or copy/paste a reference letter, however we have had trouble with that functionality. To ensure reference letters are received, please ask each reference provider to send their reference letter to If electronic copies are unavailable, hard copies of unofficial or official transcripts and reference letters must be sent to Human Resources at UNA Box 5043, Florence, AL 35632 or brought to Bibb Graves Hall, Room 226. Official transcripts must be sent directly to HR from the issuing school to be considered official. Transcripts with a designation of "Issued to Student" will not be considered official. Official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. For questions, please email or call 256-765-4291 and select option #2.

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number F0600851
Position Title Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor of Communications; Public Relations
Department Communications
FLSA Exempt
General Description

The Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track Public Relations faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates should be able to teach Public Relations principles, writing, case studies, management, and campaigns. Additionally, the successful candidate will be able to teach courses involving visual communications, digital social media, and special topics. Experience with online instruction or willingness to learn about online instruction is a plus. Experience with the Adobe Creative Cloud programs and familiarity with emerging social media trends is a plus and should be specifically noted. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Public Relations, Mass Communication, or a closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered. Three or more years of professional public relations experience is preferred. The successful candidate will teach four undergraduate classes per semester and will be expected to mentor students, advise majors, provide service to the university community, and engage in scholarly activities. The Department’s Mass Communication program is accredited through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The Public Relations concentration has 100-plus undergraduates and is home to UNA PRide, an award-winning PRCA/PRSSA-affiliated student chapter, which was awarded the Public Relations Council of Alabama’s Student Chapter of the Year award for 2015. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Beth Garfrerick (, search chair. Applications for this position will be accepted until the position is filled.

Essential Job Duties
Additional Duties
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Public Relations, Mass Communication, or a closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered. Three or more years of professional public relations experience is preferred.

Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations
Essential Physical Requirements
Environmental Working Conditions Indoor environment
Special Vision Requirements No Special Vision Requirements
Salary Grade
Salary Grade Chart: (Click Link) Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Is the position Full-Time or Part-Time? Full-Time
Duration of Appointment/Assignment
Affirmative Action Statement

UNA is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. UNA seeks a wide range of applicants for this position so that one of our core values, ethnic and cultural diversity, will be affirmed.

Position Type Faculty
Posting Date 08/18/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you learn of this posting?
    • Times Daily
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Minority Faculty Applicant Database
    • UNA Email Announcement
    • UNA Employment Facebook
    • UNA Employment Twitter
    • UNA Employee
    • Other
  2. If you chose other in the above question, please list where you learned of the posting below.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a Ph.D. in Public Relations, Mass Communications, or a closely-related field?
    • No
    • Yes, in Public Relations
    • Yes, in Mass Communications
    • Yes, in a closely-related field
    • No, but I have ABD status in Public Relations or Mass Comm
    • No, but I have ABD status in a closely-related field
  4. * Do you have at least three years of public relations experience?
    • No
    • Yes, three or more years
    • Yes, ten or more years
  5. * Do you have experience with Adobe Creative Cloud programs?
    • No
    • Yes
  6. Do you have familiarity with emerging social media trends?
    • No
    • Yes

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Unofficial Transcript 1
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Letter of Reference 1
  5. Letter of Reference 2
  6. Letter of Reference 3
  7. Unofficial Transcript 2
  8. Unofficial Transcript 3
  9. Unofficial Transcript 4
  10. Other Document 2
  11. Other Document 3
  12. Other Document 4
  13. Official Transcript 1 (for HR use only)
  14. Official Transcript 2 (for HR use only)
  15. Official Transcript 3 (for HR use only)