Public Relations Assistant or Associate Professor

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Classification Title:

Public Relations Assistant or Associate Professor

Job Description:

The Opportunity

Bring Your Talent and Research Skills to a Winning Team!

Join the faculty of U.S. News and World Report’s top 5 U.S. public university at an exciting time of growth and opportunity. The Department of Public Relations in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications invites applications for a nine-month tenure track appointment at the assistant or associate level. Applicants must already have or will have earned a doctorate in journalism or communication before starting work in August 2024. In the Department of Public Relations, faculty, students, staff, alumni, and professionals work together to continually improve our program. As a result, our graduates go on to be future leaders, change makers, scholars, writers, and critical thinkers who make us proud.  Our talented, diverse, and engaged students need you to bring your skills, experience and wisdom to our classrooms.

About the University of Florida 

UF is a member of the Association of American Universities. It is in the midst of a multi-year pre-eminence initiative that has created more than 500 new faculty positions and generated a $70 million partnership with NVIDIA to create the nation’s top research lab in artificial intelligence. In 2022, UF faculty generated more than one billion in research grants.

The University of Florida offers a competitive salary commensurate with similar positions and includes a full benefits package. To view the university’s Total Reward benefit package, please click here:

About UF’s College of Journalism and Communications

The College of Journalism and Communications is recognized as a national leader in communication scholarship and professional skills development. In our march to preeminence, we are adding new positions. Be part of an ambitious, progressive and collaborative program at one of the top public research universities in the United States.

Accredited by ACEJMC, the college has earned its reputation for excellence over the last half century on the strength of its programs, faculty, students, and alumni; the stories they tell; and the difference they make around the world. Our 74 full-time faculty members serve in four academic departments: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Media Production, Management and Technology. We enroll about 2,500 undergraduates both in-person and on-line. More than 900 graduate students are earning master’s and doctoral degrees. 

The Department of Public Relations is one of the top programs in the country, with eight tenure-track faculty members, one endowed chair in public interest communications, and six professional faculty, for a total of 15 faculty members. It currently serves over 650 undergraduate majors, about 100 master’s students, and 14 Ph.D. students. The Department consistently is ranked among the top three public relations programs in the United States and enjoys an excellent international reputation. Visit the Department of Public Relations for more information about the department.

The City of Gainesville

City of Gainesville, home to Florida's largest and oldest university, which makes it one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events, and athletics. Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida. The city is in a central location to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, providing easy access within a day’s drive to beaches, nature preserves, and water-based activities. Explore Gainesville in 60 Seconds.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with experience 

Minimum Requirements:

Candidates must possess an earned Ph.D. in communication or other relevant field by August 2024 and a record of original scholarly research. For those individuals applying to the associate professor position, applicants will need a record of original scholarly research, teaching, and service commensurate with appointment at the associate professor level.

Preferred Qualifications:

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Candidates must possess an earned Ph.D. in communication or other relevant field by August 2024 and a record of original scholarly research. For those individuals applying to the associate professor position, applicants will need a record of original scholarly research, teaching, and service commensurate with appointment at the associate professor level.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in one or a combination of the following areas: artificial intelligence, corporate communication, corporate social responsibility, crisis communication, data analytics, internal communication, political public relations, public interest communication, social media, sports public relations, and other areas relevant to public relations.
  • Other qualifications include evidence of excellence in teaching, a publication record and productive research program, and potential to secure grant funding.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations or public interest communication. The faculty member will teach and supervise graduate students. Candidates will mentor undergraduate and graduate students, engage in governance and other service activities, and demonstrate interest in contributing to online education, diversity, and the internationalization of the college and university. The candidate will also be expected to conduct scholarly or creative research.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted online via Careers at UF. Applications must include an electronic copy of the following:

  • A letter of interest outlining research agenda, teaching approach, service, and relevant professional experience;
  • Teaching evaluation data, where available, or evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • Complete curriculum vitae;
  • Names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references;
  • The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-4621 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD). 

Please direct all question to Search Committee Chair, Rita Men at

Review of applications begins October 15, 2023 and continues until the position is filled.

Final candidates will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in also aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits and training.

Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application, nomination and reference, be available for public inspection.

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