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Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Apply now Job no: 496988
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, College of Arts & Sciences

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Job Summary

The Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in Public Relations and Big Data. The starting date for this position is September 1, 2022. This position is a 9-month contract with 40/40/20 responsibility in research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will be reviewed for tenure after 5 years. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and the position includes a startup package. 

We are seeking candidates that show a clear promise of a strong, active research program in Public Relations with methodological expertise in big data, social media analytics, and broader, quantitative methods. We invite candidates from all public relations research interests, including topic areas that complement one or more of the research and teaching specializations in the department: social media and digital communication; relationship management; corporate social responsibility and advocacy; popular and consumer culture communication; political communication; international communication, health communication, or nonprofit communication. 

The Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) has an Undergraduate program in Communication, a Professional Master program in Strategic Digital Communication and a Master and PhD program in Communication, Culture and Media. The department also offers a fully online B.S. in Communication degree. Students learn through hands-on experiences gained in the classroom and co-operative education. With faculty members who are equally passionate about teaching and about cutting-edge research, the department is a leader in communication education, guiding the design of new curricular approaches to enhance student learning. The curriculum offers focus and flexibility, allowing students to define their path to success.   

The College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) delivers a time-honored liberal arts education paired with Drexel’s renowned focus on applied learning. Research and scholarship in the College explores contemporary issues with an eye toward improving the common good. With a breadth of disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and a focus on the now, the College is the perfect home for curious scholars who seek to apply their learning in the service of humanity.

We expect the successful candidate to maintain a track record of active research that conforms to the department’s standards of research active and engage in service at various levels within the university and in the field of media and communication. In this position, we seek candidates who conduct public relations research in the context of digital media and whose methods include social media/data analytics, meta-analyses, network analysis, or other quantitative social science techniques pertaining to big data. Subareas of particular interest in big data public relations include, but are not limited to contemporary (e.g., AI, big data) media environment and public relations, platforms, and publics (e.g., studies of mis/disinformation, civic engagement), ethics of digital communication, and more.

Candidates should demonstrate an ability to teach both at the undergraduate and graduate level courses in the public relations curriculum. They will have the opportunity to develop new courses consistent with their primary area of scholarship, especially for the MS in Strategic and Digital Communication program. The ability to teach courses in quantitative analytical methods will also be important. 

Essential Functions

  • Research
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework and advising graduate students
  • Service
  • Other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in public relations, communication, mass communication, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of teaching or research experience
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching

Preferred Qualifications

  • A track record of grant application is strongly preferred but not required. 
  • Teaching experience at the university level is highly desirable, and some industry experience will be considered as a plus, but not required.
  • Online teaching experience desired
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have an expertise in areas related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and social justice. 


University City, Philadelphia, PA

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Review of applications will begin November 5, 2021. Interested candidates should submit the following materials:

1. A letter of interest that describes the applicant’s program of research and other qualifications.

2. A curriculum vitae that includes names and contact information for three references. 

3. A teaching statement/philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness. 

4. Two samples of recent research (i.e., journal articles, book chapters, conference papers).

5. A one-page diversity statement that discusses the candidate’s skills, experiences and commitment to teaching about diversity and social justice, how the candidate’s past or future research addresses questions important to an increasingly diverse society, and any professional service that assists in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Please keep in mind that only applications submitted via Drexel Careers will be considered. Please address all queries to the chair of the search committee:  Dr. Hyunmin Lee, Associate Professor of Communication, at 


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