Associate/Full Professor of Journalism - Strategic Communication (Public Relations)

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OKlahoma

ID: 7252972 (Ref.No. if140415)
Posted: June 6, 2024

Job Description

The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma seeks outstanding candidates for an Associate/Full Professor position in Public Relations, beginning Spring or Fall 2025.


The college prides itself on the outstanding professional preparation of students grounded in personal interactions with faculty and extraordinary opportunities to connect with industry professionals regionally, nationally, and internationally. Courses are designed to be experiential, providing students with hands-on experience in developing strategies and plans and creating communications assets for outside clients.


The selected candidate will have a robust research agenda aligned with the OU Research Strategic Framework ( and will teach undergraduate and graduate-level classes and develop and deliver courses in the areas of Economic, Political, Social Issues and Trends, Consumer Behavior, Corporate Social Responsibility, Reputation Management, and Public Relations Theory. 


The candidate will be expected to help teach core classes in the curriculum including the following: Public Relations Research, Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Ethics, Contemporary Problems in Public Relations, and Public Relations Campaigns. Candidate should conduct research and teach elective courses in one or more of the following: association/nonprofits, corporate communications, public affairs/government and/or political campaigns, consumer culture (fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, sports), technology, health, travel/tourism, AI-enabling strategic communication, data science, data analytics, data visualization, or other areas of expertise.


The ability to work in cross-disciplinary settings and build connections with researchers across campus through OU trans-disciplinary Institutes and Centers, as well as with area professionals, businesses, and alumni, is expected. Proven ability or strong desire to pursue external research funding is highly desired. The candidate will also be an active member of the Gaylord College and University of Oklahoma community and will chair committees and serve on committees. The successful candidate will, depending on qualifications and experience, be hired either at a 60% teaching, 20% research, and 20% service or a 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service load. This load will be negotiated before accepting the position.

Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Public Relations/related areas. Professional experience in public relations or related field desired. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of robust prior success and excellence in all three areas of research, teaching, and service as well as a current, ongoing, cutting-edge research program with clear evidence of or potential for external funding and/or cross-disciplinary research collaboration.


Applications for the search will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2024, and will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applicants should provide: 1) a cover letter describing their qualifications and their vision and plans for this position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a one-page research statement, 4) names, addresses, phone numbers, and email of at least three references, and 5) samples of student work, if applicable. For specific questions about the position and application process, please contact search committee chair Dr. Katerina Tsetsura at [email protected]. Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio