Assistant Professor of Journalism: Public Relations

Muncie, Indiana, United States

Job description

The ACEJMC accredited Department of Journalism at Ball State University offers undergraduate majors in advertising, public relations, journalism graphics, photojournalism, magazine media, news, and journalism education, as well as graduate programs in journalism, public relations, and emerging media design and development. The department’s innovative curricular approach to advertising and public relations education combined with exceptional co-curricular opportunities and facilities promise to graduate real-world ready professionals for the communication careers of the future. The $1 million Holden Strategic Communication Center (HSCC) and Advertising Sales and Creative Suite (ASCS) are the state-of-the-art home to departmentally supported advertising and public relations agencies. The agencies work in cooperation with Ball State University’s independent student media including the Daily News (print and online newspaper), Ball Bearings (print and online magazine), NewsLink Indiana (television newscast), and Btye (online magazine), and student media content aggregation site,, which are housed in the $4 million Unified Media Lab.

Appointment Type

Length of Appointment
FT Academic Year


Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Relations in the PRSA-certified undergraduate and graduate programs in the ACEJMC-accredited Department of Journalism available August 2018.

Primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in public relations principles, management, research, campaigns, and skills classes; teaching graduate classes in public relations theories, management, case studies, measurement and evaluation techniques, campaigns, and research methods; conduct and publish scholarly research in related areas and advise theses and creative projects; provide leadership for Cardinal Communications (student-run public relations firm) and the Vernon C. Schranz Distinguished Lectureship.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in mass communication, journalism, public relations, or related field; evidence of research productivity.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in mass communication, journalism, public relations, or related field; professional experience in public relations or strategic communication; successful research record; specialization in media analytics; evidence of teaching effectiveness at the university level; evidence of excellence in service to the academy and professional community with demonstrated potential for administrative leadership of the undergraduate PR major.

Pre-Employment Screening
Requires successful completion of a background check.

Positions Supervised


About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of 10 academic colleges that offer 190 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

Department: Journalism:400030

Posting Number: 201500209F

Number of Vacancies: 1

Desired Start Date: 08/17/2018

Applications Accepted Through Date: 02/25/2018

Open Until Filled: No

How to apply

Apply online

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Search Committee Chair Name and Contact Information

YoungAh Lee

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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At Ball State, we’re more than just educators—we’re educational entrepreneurs. Combining top-flight talent with the top-notch resources Ball State has to offer, our students and faculty inject endless energy and creativity into what they teach and how they learn. The result—a university The Princeton Review calls one of the best in the Midwest.