Public Relations, Political Communication, and Reputation Politics, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 28, 2020
Dec 16, 2020
Full Time
Public Relations, Political Communication, and Reputation Politics, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

The Department of Communication at George Mason University seeks a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Political Communication for a January 2021 appointment. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the position Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field, a record of research, an ongoing research agenda, a record of teaching excellence, a commitment to department and university service, and experience teaching a diverse student population. Specific areas of research must include the intersection of PR and political communication. A focus on reputation politics and character assassination is preferred. Potential for meaningful participation in our innovative, international, and interdisciplinary Character Assassination and Reputation Politics Research (CARP) Lab is desirable. Secondary areas of scholarship may also include other traditional areas of communication studies, especially those that contribute to departmental research missions in strategic communication, risk and crisis communication, health communication, or science communication. About the Department Mason's Communication Department has a diverse and collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation, community and public service, inclusion, and social equity. All department faculty participate in the life of our campus community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions and other events). We offer a broad undergraduate program with more than 500 majors; five minor programs; a large M.A. program including strategic, health, and science communication specialties; and a focused Ph.D. program emphasizing health, strategic, and science communication. The department also offers a graduate certificate in science communication. We enjoy robust student diversity in all our academic programs, serving students who bring a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds to our classrooms. Additionally, the department supports several co-curricular activities, including debate, forensics, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists, and a comprehensive student media organization (newspaper, radio, television, sports announcing, magazine and journal editing, etc.).

The research life of the department includes both undergraduate and graduate research, and is reflected in the activities and outreach of its faculty, including those of the Center for Climate Change Communication, the Center for Media and Public Affairs, the Center for Health and Risk Communication, and the Character Assassination and Reputation Politics research lab.

Responsibilities Responsibilities of the position include developing a research program, contributing to the teaching needs of the department at the graduate and undergraduate levels, mentoring students, and service to the department commensurate with the entry-level assistant professor role.

Required Qualifications * PhD in Communication, or related field, completed prior to appointment; * Research approach grounded in strategic communication theoretical perspective; * Demonstrated potential to establish an independent research program at the intersection of PR and political communication; * Record of teaching excellence; * Commitment to and interest in teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels; * Commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student community.

Preferred Qualifications: * PhD in Communication; * Research in reputation politics and character assassination; * History of active participation in PRSA and/or PRSSA, or interest in fostering this affiliation; * Interest in developing successful funded research collaborations; * Commitment to service to the department, school and discipline; * Teaching and/or research interest in international public relations; * Commitment to fostering an international scholarly network in PR and political communication; * Interest in undergraduate mentoring and in graduate-level teaching/mentoring; * Potential for contribution to the CARP Lab.

In a continuing effort to enrich GMU's academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from all job seekers including members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a CV, a cover letter that includes a description of how you will contribute to the university's mission as a diverse public university, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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