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Strategic Communication, Public Relations, and Social/Mobile Media Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 51657
Strategic Communication, Public Relations, and Social/Mobile Media Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
The George Mason University Department of Communication within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication, Public Relations, and Social Media for an August 2022 appointment. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Position:
Applicants should have a PhD in Communication or a related field, a record of scholarly publications commensurate with experience, an ongoing research agenda, a record of teaching excellence, a commitment to department and university service, and a commitment to teaching a diverse student population. We invite applications from candidates across all subfields of strategic communication, public relations (PR), and issue advocacy research, although we are particularly interested in candidates whose research engages with the uses and effects of social, mobile, and/or interactive media. Secondary areas of scholarship may also include the connections between strategic communication, issue advocacy, and/or PR and other areas of communication studies, especially science communication and risk crisis communication. We welcome all methodological approaches. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to teach undergraduate courses in a variety of areas such as introduction to PR, social media and PR, social media and issue advocacy, PR writing, persuasion, and strategic communication campaigns. The ability to teach graduate courses in PR, issue advocacy, or strategic communication theory will also be important, along with graduate courses in the candidate's primary area of expertise. Overall, teaching experience at the university level is preferred. Past experience as a PR or issue advocacy professional is also desirable, as is past engagement with (or a strong interest in engaging with) the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Finally, an interest in developing curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels is also preferred.
About the Department:
Mason's Communication Department has a diverse and collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation, community and public service, inclusion, and social equity. All department faculty participate in the life of our campus community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions and other events. Located just 15 miles from Washington, D.C., we offer a broad undergraduate program with more than 500 majors; five minor programs; a vibrant MA program including strategic, health, and science communication specialties; and a highly ranked PhD program emphasizing health, strategic, and science communication. The department also offers a graduate certificate in science communication. We serve a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students who bring a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds to our classrooms. Additionally, the department supports several co-curricular activities, including debate, forensics, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), and a comprehensive student media program.
The research life of the department includes both undergraduate and graduate research, and is reflected in the activities and outreach of its faculty, including those of the Center for Climate Change Communication, the Communication, Health, and Relational Media (CHARM) research lab, the Center for Media and Public Affairs, the Center for Health and Risk Communication, and the Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) research lab. For more information on the Department of Communication at George Mason University, visit communication.gmu.edu.
Responsibilities of the position include conducting and publishing scholarly research, contributing to the teaching needs of the department at the graduate and undergraduate levels, mentoring students, and service to the department (and, later, to the college/university) commensurate with the assistant professor role.
Ph.D. in communication, or related field, completed prior to appointment;
Research agenda grounded in strategic communication, issue advocacy, and/or PR, with a record of scholarship commensurate with experience;
Relevant teaching experience at the college or university level;
Ability to teach courses on strategic communication and the uses and effects of social, mobile, and/or interactive media at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
Ability to teach theory courses in strategic communication, issue advocacy, and/or PR;
Commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student community;
Commitment to service in the department, college/university, and discipline.
Ph.D. in communication (rather than a PhD in a related field);
Research agenda exploring the uses and effects of social, mobile, and/or interactive media in PR and/or other forms of strategic communication, with a record of scholarship commensurate with experience;
Secondary research interest in science communication, risk and crisis communication, and/or issue advocacy;
Past work experience practicing PR, issue advocacy, or other forms of strategic communication practice;
History of engagement in PRSSA and/or PRSA, or a strong interest in fostering this affiliation;
Experience with or interest in developing courses and curriculum at undergraduate and graduate levels;
Experience with or interest in undergraduate student mentoring and graduate student advising.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
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George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
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Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
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Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
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We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
• Widen your outlook of the world,
• Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
• Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
• Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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