Department Chair, Advertising + Public Relations - 518096
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internal Number: 518096
Department/Organization 207201 - Advertising and Public Relations
Rank Associate/Full Professor
Position Summary The College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama seeks a chair to oversee the administration of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations.
Detailed Position Information The College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama seeks a chair to oversee the administration of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations.
The chair will help shape the research, teaching, creative activity, and service efforts for one of the nation’s leading advertising and public relations departments, which comprises 28 full-time faculty members teaching 1,165 undergraduate and graduate students. The department has a faculty of eminent scholars, teachers, and advertising and PR professionals with national and international reputations in a variety of academic and professional interests, including media effects, public opinion, history, law, ethics, sports, nonprofits, internal communication, and digital communication.
The department seeks a leader who will empower the faculty to prepare highly-competent, socially-conscious, and engaged leaders who will shape the future of global advertising and public relations. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to collaborative decision-making and faculty governance that will foster and promote a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will articulate the department’s vision and strategic direction to college, university, and industry leaders. Finally, the successful candidate will be a scholar who will successfully contribute to the department’s research and creative activity profile beyond her or his term as chair. The successful candidate would be appointed to the permanent faculty and would serve as chair for an initial term of three years.
Minimum Qualifications A Ph.D. in communication or a closely related field is required. Candidates should be at the professor or advanced associate professor rank and have the academic credentials and professional reputation that warrant a senior-level appointment at a major research institution. Candidates should have a distinguished record of research, college-level administrative experience, evidence of teaching excellence, and professional experience.
Preferred Qualifications The search is open with respect to subfield specialization.
Instructions and Required Materials for Application Candidates must apply online at https://jobs.ua.edu and attach a cover letter and CV that includes a list of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Please refer to the online instructions for applicants. Candidates selected for interview must submit a disclosure and consent form authorizing a background investigation. Review of applications for the position will begin after January 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. The new chair will begin service in Fall 2023. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Kenon A. Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Division/College/School The College of Communication and Information Sciences is home to state-of-the-art media and research facilities like the Digital Media Center and the Institute for Communication and Information Research. The College's students and programs have won several regional and national awards in multiple areas ranging from forensics and debate to being named PRWeek's Most Outstanding Education Program. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations; master’s degrees in advertising and public relations, book arts, communication studies, journalism and media studies, and library and information studies; and a multidisciplinary doctoral degree in communication and information sciences. With an award-winning faculty and staff and commitment to innovative scholarship and teaching, the College of Communication and Information Sciences is dedicated to realizing the potential of communication and information to make everyone’s world a better place.
About the University The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.
A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.
As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.
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With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.
Background Investigation and EEO Statement Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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