The Institute for Creative and Collaborative Arts: Art, Communication, Music, and Design at Eastern Kentucky University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Public Relations/Communication beginning in August of 2022.
The Institute seeks a dynamic and innovative individual in Communication. The candidate will teach in a comprehensive undergraduate BA degree program. The EKU BA program in Public Relations is certified by the Public Relations Society of America and is the second-longest-running program in the world to hold this distinction. We are looking for candidates who wish to participate in a collaborative community that fosters independent thought and creativity and embraces the diversity of cultural expression.
Teaching responsibilities will include teaching introductory to upper-level courses in public relations and communication. All faculty in the program teach courses in both their areas of expertise and courses that meet the needs of our communication degree programs. Faculty at the Institute work collaboratively across campus, embrace experiential learning, and seek vital connections at the intersection of theory and practice.
As a tenure-track faculty member, successful candidates must have professional and academic experience in some combination of the following areas: public relations, advertising, interactive and social media promotions, digital communication strategies and tactics, and related aspects of
management and marketing in communication.
Successful candidates will also help craft a comprehensive curriculum for the BA program in Public Relations, grounded in innovative multi-platform content. This multifaceted curriculum will align with rapidly changing fields of public relations and the opportunities that technological developments offer students and faculty.
The successful candidate will teach courses in introductory to upper-level courses in public relations and communication courses.
Curriculum development of courses at the department level.
Ability to provide leadership in the program.
Active membership in Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) advising.
Active participant in Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR).
Continued engagement in professional and scholarly activity.
Service and outreach – departmental, college, and university committees and initiatives, including advising of students and community engagement.
Building community partnerships (external internships) and supervise candidates in field internship placements.
Collegial participation in departmental, college, and discipline-specific professional activities.
Ph.D. in Communication or related field from an accredited or internationally recognized institution.
University teaching experience.
Ongoing effective teaching, service, and scholarship/creative activity.
Fluency with technology-based teaching and communication platforms.
Prior e-learning and learning management system (LMS) experience (e.g., Canvas, Blackboard, Sakai, Moodle).
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to present information clearly, concisely, and accurately.
Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Public Relations
Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, Eastern has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth. Situated near the heart of the Bluegrass, Richmond is served by a network of major highways that make Eastern easily accessible from all parts of Kentucky and surrounding states. Richmond is 26 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. Interstate Highways I-75 (north-south) and I-64 (east-west) make the metropolitan areas of Cincinnati, 112 miles to the north, and Louisville, 110 miles to the west, within convenient distance by automobile. Richmond is also served by U.S. Route 25 from Southeastern Kentucky and Kentucky Route 52 from the east and west. The Bluegrass, Mountain, Daniel Boone, and Cumberland Parkways provide even greater accessibility by automobile since the city is located near the convergence of these arterial highways into the interstate system. Richmond, ...the county seat of Madison County, is one of the Commonwealth's fastest-growing cities, with about 33,000 residents. The community provides an excellent environment for the university student and boasts a regional shopping mall, theaters, live entertainment, fine dining, cultural events and activities, as well as many areas of historic and scenic interest. Fort Boonesborough State Park, birthplace of Kentucky, is located 12 miles to the north. Many other historical sites are within easy driving distance. Scenic and recreational areas surround this section of the state .