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Assistant/Associate Professor of Strategic Communications
University of Kansas

Date Posted Oct. 8, 2021
Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Strategic Communications
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Journalism
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Communications/Journalism (all)

Position Overview

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas is searching for a full-time, tenure-track/tenured professor at the rank of Assistant of Associate Professor of strategic communications. Appointment at a particular level will be based on an applicant’s research/creative portfolio and teaching record. The position is expected to begin August 18, 2022.

The School carries an atmosphere of collegiality that is supportive of an environment which is interdisciplinary, collaborative and diverse. Applicants that demonstrate teaching, research or creativity expertise in one or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: media planning and buying, advertising, public relations, data analytics, big data, network analysis, content creation, diversity in Ad/PR, strategic campaign management, digital marketing, and/or new and emerging media and communication practices, or related areas.

Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in strategic communication, advertising, public relations, journalism, mass communication, marketing, psychology, business, or a related field. Applicants are encouraged to outline areas of interests in their application materials.

The successful candidate will be able to engage with students in our newly remodeled building, where we’ve focused design and technology around the student experience and future media. Opportunities are available to teach at graduate level (master and doctoral), and to engage and mentor graduate students. You will also be surrounded by colleagues who share your excitement about working with students, discovering and testing media developments for the future, serving communities, and are eager to create new ways to understand and engage audiences.

The School has a state of the art experimental research laboratory which includes physiology data collection, eye tracking and facial emotion recognition. The School is also home to the Center for Digital Inclusion, as well as the Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral research university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The university enrolls more than 27,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its programs. The School has a student population of about 900.

The University of Kansas is in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support if the University, education, arts, and research and regularly appears in various "best town" listings. Lawrence is centrally located between the State of Kansas Capitol in Topeka and the major metropolitan community of Kansas City. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.

Job Description

40% Teaching:
Teach and develop courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs (in-person and online), based upon needs of the School.

40% Research:
Demonstrate sustained productivity through peer-reviewed publications, sponsored projects/grants, papers and presentations for national and international academic and professional audiences, or other forms of research, whether creative- or community-based projects recognized at the national or international level.

20% Service:
Service responsibilities include involvement in the regular academic activities of the School, including committee assignments and major School functions, serving on and chairing graduate committees, as well as participation in professional service in academic, professional and/or media organizations.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of research/creative work and teaching in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in CV and (3) information provided from three professional references.

For appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (Tenure-track):
A Ph.D. in strategic communication, advertising, public relations, journalism, mass communication, marketing, data analysis, or a related field. If ABD, the Ph.D. must be achieved within six months of employment start date.
Demonstrated (or high potential for) teaching excellence in a university setting including the ability to develop and teach in-person and online courses.
Demonstrated (or high potential for) research and/or creative success as shown through publications, portfolio, awards, research grants, or working papers.
At least two years of full-time professional experience in marketing and/or strategic communication, or in a related field.
For appointment at the rank of Associate Professor (tenured):
A Ph.D. in strategic communication, advertising, public relations, journalism, mass communication, marketing, data analysis, fine arts or a related field.
Proven record of teaching excellence in a university setting including the ability to develop and teach in-person and online courses.
Demonstrated excellence in research and/or sustained creative works as shown through publications, portfolio, awards, research grants, or working papers that have either enabled the candidate to be successfully promoted to Associate Professor at a research-oriented university of a similar or higher research profile as the University of Kansas, or meet the expectations in professional experience for qualifications.
Professional experience, research/teaching partnerships or documented industry engagement in strategic communication or other relevant field to the position.

Contact Information to Applicants

For information about the position, please contact:

Additional Candidate Instruction

To apply and for more information, go to A complete application will include: (1) a cover letter describing your research/sustained creative work, teaching experience and philosophy; (2) a Curriculum Vitae; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness; (4) a list of three professional references; and (5) the answer to the following question about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As such, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Initial review of applications will begin November 20, 2021 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

Application Review Begins20-Nov-2021
Anticipated Start Date


Position Number00004896
Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus



Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with experience
Employee Class



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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