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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Assistant professor in public relations / advertising sought

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in public relations and advertising who would like to join us at Kansas State University.


  1. Teach a variety of undergraduate skills-based and theoretical courses in public relations and advertising appropriate to the needs of the A.Q. Miller School and the candidate’s interest area
  2. Record of, or potential for, original research in public relations, advertising, communications, or relevant area
  3. Teach research, theory, and topics courses in our graduate program
  4. Willingness to advise undergraduate students
  5. Willingness to advise graduate students and serve on thesis committees
  6. Engage in school, university and community service, as well as a program of service and outreach involving media professionals and media organizations

Required qualifications:

  1. An earned doctorate in mass communication, communication, or related field. ABD applicants, with an effective research record, teaching experience, and the expectation of completion of doctoral degree by August 2015, will be considered.
  2. Prior experience teaching courses in public relations, advertising, or mass communications. Please see the following links for information regarding:
    1. Our JMC program http://jmc.ksu.edu/
    2. The JMC public relations sequence http://jmc.ksu.edu/current/public-relations.html
    3. The JMC advertising sequence http://jmc.ksu.edu/current/advertising.html
    4. The JMC graduate program http://jmc.ksu.edu/graduate/
  3. Evidence of a programmatic line of research and/or creative work

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Professional experience in public relations, advertising, marketing or areas related to mass communications
  2. Evidence of a willingness to procure outside funding for research activities
  3. Indication of a desire to advise student organizations such as PRSSA, AdClub, and the JMC program’s TakeFlight student-run agency
  4. Evidence of engagement in current industry issues
  5. Evidence of engagement in networking and community outreach activities
  6. Evidence of a strong commitment to equity and an ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

Review of applications begins Feb. 15, 2015, until the position is filled. The appointment begins in August 2015. 

Send resume; a statement outlining teaching philosophy and professional goals; names and contact information for three references; and any additional materials, including online links, that are related to teaching and professional productivity.

Applications and other materials can be submitted to jmcjobs@k-state.edu (PDF files preferred) or mailed to:

Curtis B. Matthews
Chairperson, Public Relations and Advertising Search Committee
A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Kansas State University
105 Kedzie Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1501

The Miller School: The program, which began in 1910, is one of the oldest programs of its type in the nation. The school has 625 students in three sequences — Journalism and Digital Media, Public Relations and Advertising — and 35 students in a master’s degree program. Award-winning student-operated media outlets on campus include The Collegian, the ninth-largest daily newspaper in the state; KSDB-FM, the state’s longest-running FM radio station; and KKSU-LP TV, a low-power television station serving the Manhattan community. The School’s students also produce an annual magazine for alumni and friends of the School and operate the PR agency, Take Flight. The School is accredited by The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. 

See the Miller School’s website at jmc.ksu.edu for more information. 

Kansas State University: The university was founded in 1863 as one of the first land-grant universities. K-State is located in Manhattan, Kansas, about 120 miles west of Kansas City. The student population totals nearly 25,000. K-State is the first in the nation among state-supported schools in Rhodes, Truman, Marshall and Goldwater scholarships. The university’s athletic teams compete in the Big 12 Conference.

See the Kansas State University website at www.ksu.edu for more information.

Manhattan: The city has a permanent population of more than 56,000. Manhattan is the county seat for Riley County and the retail center for a three-county region. Manhattan will be the site of the new federal National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a state-of-the-art biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases that threaten the U.S. animal agriculture and public health. Manhattan is in the middle of the scenic Flint Hills of north central Kansas. The city boosts a remarkably high quality of life, including a variety of arts programs, an abundance of parks, many sports and recreation facilities, shopping opportunities and the KSU-focused Aggieville business district. The public school system is considered one of the best in a state that puts a premium on public education. The cost of living is considered very reasonable.

See websites at www.manhattan.org and at www.themercury.com/Community for more information.

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. A background check is required.