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Assistant Professor of Practice in Public Relations

Assistant Professor of Practice in Public Relations

Position Description

Assistant Professor of Practice in Public Relations (NTT)

School of Advertising and Public Relations, – Full Time – The University of Tennessee, School of Advertising and Public Relations seeks to a non-tenure track (NTT), Assistant Professor of Practice position to begin August 1, 2021, on a 3-year, renewable contract.


Qualifications include Master’s degree in communications or related area or equivalent and evidence of excellence in teaching or significant professional experience in the field of public relations. A Ph.D. is preferred but not required.


Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate level courses (4/4 load) and performing School-related service at the discretion of the Director. Courses assigned may include: Principles of Public Relations, Graphic Design, Public Relations Writing, Advanced Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Cases, Public Relations Professional Seminar, Public Relations Campaigns, or other special topics courses in the major.

Applicants should have the requisite classroom or applied experience to teach these courses. Recent relevant industry experience is highly desired.

The School, College, and University of Tennessee

The salary for the position is competitive and commensurate with experience. The University of Tennessee enrolls approximately 28,000 students at its Knoxville campus. UT is Tennessee’s only public Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University and is currently ranked among the nation’s Top 50 public universities. The College of Communication and Information consists of four schools: The School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, and the School of Information Sciences. The College includes approximately 1,300 majors and enrolls more than 5,800 students per semester. The College has an active research faculty supported by the Center for Information and Communication Studies. The center involves dozens of researchers from across disciplines and across agency borders to focus the array of talent at the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other research institutions.

The School of Advertising and Public Relations includes 12 full-time faculty members who engage in quantitative and qualitative research with the goal of advancing public relations and advertising theory and informing practice. The school offers course work at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The School includes approximately 420 undergraduate majors and 35 MS and doctoral students. The School participates in the College–wide M.S. and Ph.D. programs. For information about the College and the School, visit:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, 1N 37996- 3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita or resume, and the names and contact information of at least three references on Interfolio: Additionally, if you have classroom experience, please send teaching evaluations. Please email with any questions. Review of applications begins April 15, 2021.