Teaching Assistant Professor in Public Relations

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - CHAPEL HILL   Chapel Hill, NC   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 25, 2022
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Teaching Assistant Professor in Public Relations

Position Number: 20046691

Vacancy ID:  FAC0004109

Department: School of Journalism and Media-350100School of Journalism and Media - 350100

Classification/Appointment Type:  Fixed Term Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE):  1

Hours Per Week:  40 

Job Code ID:  Teaching Assistant Professor

Salary Shown to Applicants (Hiring Range):  Dependent on experience and qualifications  

Department Description:  

We are a diverse, collaborative group of researchers and practitioners who work together to build one of the leading schools of journalism and media in the country. The Hussman School of Journalism and Media offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and administers a variety of professional development and distance-learning programs to students and working professionals. Enrollment includes about 1,000 undergraduates and 125 graduate students, in addition to professional development and distance education students.

Our school is committed to diversity and inclusion, which we consider in all aspects of our school as we prepare students for an increasingly complex world. In line with this commitment, we request that candidates submit a vision statement to describe how their teaching, advising and professional activities will enrich our learning community. Applicants who identify as members of minoritized / marginalized groups can seek information and resources from our school’s diversity committee (, as well as from the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion (

Equal Opportunity Employer:  

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Discription:  

The Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking for an accomplished professional in public relations. The competitive candidate will have general experience in the entire field but show particular ability in teaching public relations writing.

Advertising – Public Relations is the largest area-of-study in the Hussman school. The candidate will join a faculty where top professionals work in genuine harmony with a group of accomplished academic faculty. The combination has made UNC one of the top programs in the country in Advertising and Public Relations.

The selected candidate will teach six (6) semester-long courses per academic year (3 in fall, 3 in spring) and will help to expand our course offerings as needed. Specifically, the successful candidate will contribute to the school’s continued excellence in writing by teaching two introductory public relations writing classes each semester. The candidate will also teach one class per semester from the school’s advertising-public relations curriculum, relevant to their area(s) of expertise. We ask that applicants review the school’s advertising-public relations curriculum ( and and indicate in their cover letter which courses they believe they would be qualified to teach.

The successful candidate will also serve on school and university committees as well as take part in the life of the school. Besides helping with the variety of service requirements to keep the school successfully moving forward, the candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduate and master’s students and provide them with networking opportunities.

Education Requirements:  

Master’s degree or terminal degree is preferred. An earned degree may be substituted by relevant professional experience or by a combination of education and experience.

Qualifications and Experience:  

Because strong writing skills are critical to success in modern communications, the well-rounded professional will need to reinforce strong, core writing skills based on AP Style and generally accepted journalism standards, and also be comfortable with the distinct demands of repurposing original content and using Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok and other digital platforms to amplify messages and gain followers and readers.

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Department Contact Name and Title:  John Sweeney, Distinguished Professor in Sports Communication

Department Contact Telephone or Email:

Posting Open Date:  07/09/2022

Open Until Filled:  Yes

Office of Human Resources Contact Information:  

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.