The Department of Communication Arts at Lee University, Cleveland, TN, seeks exceptional candidates for a full-time faculty position in Public Relations. Candidates with a relevant PhD may apply for a tenure track position with a rank of assistant professor or higher. Well qualified candidates with a master’s degree and professional experience will be considered for the rank of lecturer. Individuals from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is expected to begin August 1, 2019.
Along with Public Relations, the Department of Communication Arts houses majors in Art, Theatre, Communication and Digital Media Studies. With three full-time faculty and several part-time faculty serving the program, Public Relations has grown to be one of the largest majors in the department and has received the Certification in Public Relations Education from the Public Relations Society of America. The department has an active Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and enters a team in the national Bateman PR competition each year. The successful candidate for this position will teach courses required for students in the public relations major, such as Principles of Public Relations, Public Relations & Advertising Research, Public Relations Writing, and Traditional and New Media (Media Relations). Faculty in our department often teach across discipline lines, so there is the opportunity to teach other types of communication and digital media studies classes – as well as special interest topics in PR – depending on areas of interest and expertise.
Lee University faculty candidates are expected to demonstrate the following: a strong Christian commitment, compatibility with the university’s lifestyle covenant, teaching ability at the college level, a willingness to mentor students academically and professionally, and the ability to integrate Christian faith into academic studies.
To help us evaluate your potential as a member of our university, please include a completed application form, a personal statement of Christian faith, and a philosophy of teaching that supports the integration of faith and learning. Submit this information, along with transcripts, three letters of reference and student evaluations (if available), to Dr. Joel Kailing, chair, Department of Communication Arts, Lee University, 1120 North Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN 37311.
About Lee University
Lee University is a private, comprehensive university located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Lee is emerging as a leader in higher education in the southeastern region, and is consistently ranked in the "Top Tier" in the South by U.S. News & World Report (Comprehensive Medium-Size Universities). Lee is also ranked by Princeton Review's "Best Colleges," and is one of the 141 colleges named Best in the Southeast.
Over the past two decades, Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee, and the largest in the Appalachian College Association. During that period, the university has seen a remarkable transformation that has included significant growth in its academic programs, student enrollment, faculty expertise, and diversity, as well as an expanded sense of mission and vision.
Lee is a Christian institution which offers liberal arts and professional education on both the baccalaureate and graduate levels through residential and distance programs. We seek to provide education that integrates biblical truth as revealed in the Holy Scriptures with truth discovered through the study of arts ...and sciences and in the practice of various professions. A personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior is the controlling perspective from which our educational enterprise is carried out. The foundational purpose of all educational programs at Lee is to develop within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability, and skills which will prepare them for responsible Christian living in a complex world.