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Assistant Professor, 9 Month Salaried (School of Communication/CCI)

Florida State University
Job Location:
Tallahassee, Florida
Public Relations and Advertising

Department - School of Communication

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The School of Communication at Florida State University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track assistant professor position with a specialization in strategic communication to begin in the fall 2022 semester. Public Relations (PR) or Advertising (ADV) expertise in subfield areas such as environmental, crisis, advocacy, multicultural marketing, and health communication is strongly preferred. All methodological approaches are welcomed.


This faculty position carries an expectation of excellent teaching. As such, evidence of teaching effectiveness is required. The successful candidate is expected to teach a 2-2 course load, which includes but is not limited to a combination of the following undergraduate and graduate courses: Introduction to Strategic Communication, Crisis Communication, Research Methods, Public Relations/Advertising Campaigns, PR Writing, and Media/Account Planning. Successful applicants will also be prepared to teach digital media strategy/writing courses, applied theory and research, and courses with a focus on the changing landscape and innovation within the field of strategic communication. Engagement on capstone projects, masters theses, and doctoral committees (i.e., chairing, committee membership) is expected.

Development of relevant curricula for their courses, and collaboration with other faculty when areas of interest and course topical areas overlap, are also expected. A successful candidate will work to enhance efforts tocontinually offer courses that best prepare our students for the evolving communication industries.


Active research and/or creative work based on the candidate’s program of research and interest are required. Extensive professional activities are also valued. Expertise in data analysis techniques for communication campaigns and research that encompasses digital/social media is strongly preferred. Priority will be given to candidates who can demonstrate research portfolio work and impact in the area of strategic communication.


Position duties also include mentoring undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in strategic communication, and assistance in recruiting efforts for PR/ADV student organizations. Additionally, service to the School of Communication, the College of Communication and Information when required, as well as to the University, the community, and to the profession is expected.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Communication or related discipline. Although a research portfolio is expected, strong consideration will be given to candidates who also have relevant professional experience, notably in strategic communication, crisis management, non-profit organization, and other PR/ADV-related professional activities.

Other Information

Understanding the complex and ever-changing nature of communication’s vital role in a democratic society, the School of Communication recognizes the need to examine the field from a multitude of theoretical, practical, and creative approaches. We prepare students to be versatile communication practitioners and engaged global citizens through innovative and experiential learning experiences, research and creative scholarship, and service to the discipline, University, and community.

Florida State University is No. 18 among national public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2019. The School of Communication at Florida State University provides students with a unique, broad-based set of intellectual and communication skills that prepare them for careers in the dynamic fields of communication, media, and technology.

More information about the School of Communication can be found here:

The School of Communication in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at Florida State University is committed to promoting interdisciplinary efforts for collaborative research and creative activities that foster inclusive environments of belonging, appreciation, and respect. The successful candidate will demonstrate a documented pedagogical commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

CCI defines diversity as the sum of all of the ways that people are alike and different. As a result, we are committed to embracing the full spectrum of human and social identities including, but not limited to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability and veteran status. We strive to create and maintain an inclusive environment in which all individuals are treated fairly, respectfully, and valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives to maximize the potential of all students, colleagues, employees, and other communities with whom we interact.

Contact Info

Please direct all Inquiries about the position to Dr. Jessica Wendorf Muhamad, Search Committee Chair, School of Communication, Florida State University

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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Pay Plan

  • This is a Faculty position.
  • This is a tenure-earning faculty position.

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How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details even if attaching a Vitae. All applicants should be prepared to submit:

  • Cover Letter (no longer than 5 pages, single-spaced)
    • Cover letter should include sections with research, teaching, and diversity statements. These can be abbreviated version of statements short-listed candidates will be required to submit.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Current contact information (emails and telephone numbers) for three (3) professional references willing to provide recommendation letters (References will only be contacted if applicant is short-listed
  • Applicants selected for an initial interview will be asked to subsequently submit:
    • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
    • At least two (2) course evaluations from courses that directly relate to strategic communication.
      • These can be two different courses or two semesters of the same courses if multiple course evaluations are not available.
    • Each applicant should submit three (3) statements that include past, present, and future contributes in the areas of:
    • Research Teaching Diversity
    • Sample of Scholarly/Creative
    • Unofficial Transcripts (Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be received prior to an offer being extended)

Review of application will begin October 15, 2021 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date for this position is August 2022.

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

Applications will be review as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.

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