Assistant Professor in Communications/Public Relations


University of Rhode Island


Kingston, RI


We have just posted a job at the University of Rhode Island, which I'm hoping you will share within your network of students and colleagues. The home department for the position is the Harrington School of Communications (, but we plan for the position to have a joint appointment in our Department of Marine Affairs, which is a multi-disciplinary department focused on coastal/marine management (

The full posting can be found here (I've pasted some highlights below):

Job Title Assistant Professor in Communication /Public Relations
Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will be open until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by April 15, 2019. Second consideration may be given to applications received by May 1, 2019. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (May 1, 2019) may not be given full consideration.

The position is academic year, tenure-track at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Anticipated appointment date: August 2019.


• Establish competitively funded research program relevant to Media and Environment; Science, Environment, or Climate Communication; Sustainable Development; Environmental Advocacy; Environmental Crisis Communication; Environmental Health; Environmental Justice; Resilience; Corporate Sustainability and Communication; Inclusive Science Communication; and/or Public Engagement, Risk Communications and Environmental Dispute Resolution.
• Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, including Communication for Marine Affairs (MAF 310), and engage in the general education program.
• Teach courses in public relations and/or strategic communication;
• Publish original research
• Provide advising and research mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students
• Provide service to the department, University and the profession
• Provide leadership to URI-wide initiatives to expand science and environmental communication via courses, experiential education, and/or professional development.



1. PhD at time of appointment in communication studies, public relations, or closely-related field.

2. Specialization in the environment, sustainability, and/or resilience.

3. Demonstrated ability to develop and instruct undergraduate courses.

4. Demonstrated ability to develop and instruct graduate courses.

5. Evidence of research excellence as shown by publications and/or presentations at national and international meetings.

6. Demonstrated effective oral and interpersonal skills.

7. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.


1. Demonstrated ability to develop an independently funded research program as shown by research statement or previously funded grants and/or awards.