Assistant Professor, Public Relations

The University of Texas at Arlington

 Department of Communication

Assistant Professor, Public Relations

Position ID: F00340P


Job Summary

The Department of Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure-stream position as Assistant Professor in Public Relations to start in the Fall 2023 semester. 


Position Description

A tenure-track faculty member contributes to teaching, research, and service. The teaching load is nominally 5 courses per year but may be adjusted based upon significant research productivity and/or administrative/service duties.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be an exceptional educator, active researcher, and collaborative colleague who can contribute significantly to the Department of Communication and its public relations sequence. As a tenure-track  faculty member, the individual selected will be expected to conduct publishable research in well-respected academic outlets in fields related to public relations and strategic communication, teach in our academic programs, and provide professional service to the school, campus, and the field.


Diversity Statement

Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their scholarship, teaching, and/or service as well as a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.


Department Information

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations at UT Arlington is housed in the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts.  It is one of seven sequences offered by the department including, advertising, broadcasting, communication studies, communication technology, journalism, public relations, and philanthropy communication.


Required qualifications

  • Earned doctoral degree in communication, public relations, or closely-related field.


Preferred qualifications

  • Prior experience working as a public relations professional or strategic communicator.
  • Previous teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
  • Training or experience in developing public relations and strategic communication campaigns.
  • Previous experience teaching service-learning courses.
  • Evidence of the use of experiential learning-based activities.


University Information

Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. With an enrollment of approximately 48,000 students, UT Arlington is the largest institution in North Texas and the second-largest in the UT System. In 2021, UTA’s combination of outstanding academics and innovative research contributed to its reaffirmation as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution and its designation as a Texas Tier One institution, two significant milestones of excellence. Further, the University also received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. The University ranks No. 1 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, is designated as a Hispanic Serving-Institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education and has the third-most ethnically diverse undergraduate population in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report (2022). UT Arlington’s approximately 250,000 alumni occupy leadership positions at many of the 23 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas and contribute to the University’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.


Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please go to and submit the following:

  1. A cover letter that explains the candidate’s interest in UTA, qualifications especially  related to experience in public relations, research projects, teaching experience, and professional service and that addresses how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service has or would support the success of a diverse student population.
  2. A CV with relevant research and teaching.
  3. A substantive writing sample (e.g., dissertation chapter, article/book chapter).
  4. Names and contact information of three (3) references.

Review of applicants will begin October 14, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct any questions to Dr. Shelley Wigley at

For more information about UTA, please visit:  


EEO Statement

The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus. UTA also encourages applications from veterans.