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Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication

Apply now Job no: 495217
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Journalism
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty


About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

The Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is accepting applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in strategic communication set to begin on September 1, 2019. The ideal candidate will be a scholar with potential for a robust research program and will be instrumental in creating a new strategic communication curriculum, with the goal of establishing a concentration within the journalism major. 

The successful candidate will teach a 2/2 course load and should have the ability to teach subject matter in one or more of the following areas: strategic communication and/or public relations, public relations practice, data analytics, ethics, and writing/content creation. We are open to quality candidates across research interests and methods and particularly encourage candidates to apply with research agendas that include one or more of the following topics: public affairs, reputation management, crisis communication, social media strategy, the use of big data in strategic communication, misinformation campaigns and public policy, public health communication and science and technology studies.

The Journalism Department is a collegial and dynamic group within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our focus is on quality undergraduate education, with a growing research profile in data analytics, media distribution and social justice topics.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. with a focus in strategic communications, public relations, mass communication or a closely related field. ABD, with expected completion by August 31, 2019, will be considered. Candidates with previous college teaching experience and/or professional experience in public relations are encouraged to apply. 


Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three references online at A review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018, and will continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. 


Additional Information:


Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.


The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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