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Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication/Public Relati

Post Date:Apr 25, 2017Type:Full time
Start Date:August 16, 2017Salary:
Location: United States - Illinois - DeKalb Job Reference:Position #22048
Job Description:

Northern Illinois University Department of Communication invites applications for an anticipated tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor in strategic communication / public relations, effective August 16, 2017.

We seek a candidate who has a strong research agenda in strategic communication/ public relations.  The candidate also must be qualified to teach undergraduate courses in: PR principles and practices; PR writing; PR cases and campaigns; and corporate advocacy and issue management.

Application materials should be submitted electronically.  Send electronic copy of letter of interest addressing qualifications relevant to job description, CV, evidence of scholarly activity, evidence of teaching effectiveness, unofficial transcript of Ph.D. coursework, and three letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Mehdi Semati (Strategic Communication / Public Relations Search Chair)

An official transcript will be required from those candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Review of completed applications will begin on February 20, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  A pre-employment criminal background investigation is required.

NIU is included in the Research Universities—High Research Activity category of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.  NIU, located in a semirural area with easy access to the Chicago and Rockford media markets, has a diverse student body.  The University has two public radio stations (WNIJ and WNIU) and an award-winning student-run campus newspaper (the Northern Star).  Departmental facilities include the Northern Television Center (a dedicated building for news reporting and production and transmission of student-created content) and several editing suites and computer labs.  The Department is affiliated with the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and maintains an active chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations, and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.

This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different-sex domestic partners.

The hired candidate will also be expected to teach graduate courses in the Communication Studies M.A. program, engage in an active research program, and perform service to the Department, profession, and discipline.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. in journalism, communication, or related field at the time of appointment; record of scholarship, teaching, and service to the discipline commensurate with the appointment rank; and the previously specified expertise.
Preferred qualifications: Professional experience in public relations, journalism, advertising, or related field; demonstrated ability to serve a diverse student population.

The Department of Communication, one of seventeen departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Communication Studies and Journalism and an M.A. in Communication Studies. The Department serves a diverse student body including approximately 700 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students with 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 16 full-time instructors and visiting faculty, and 6 full-time supportive professional staff. Department faculty are active in such organizations as the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association, the National Communication Association, the Popular Culture Association, and the University Film and Video Association. The Department and University are committed to the principle of diversity and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to this objective. The Department website is:

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Contact Information
Northern Illinois University
Mehdi Semati
1425 W Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL 60115
United States
Ph: 815-753-1564
Fax: 815-753-7109

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