Assistant Professor of Public Relations

Position Description

The Department of Strategic Communication in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position with a teaching and research concentration in communication analytics, big-data and/or data visualization and its application in a public relations and corporate communication context. The position will start August 15, 2020.

We seek a teacher scholar whose teaching and research work explore the use of big data, artificial intelligence, data analytics and/or data visualization to advance public relations and corporate communication practice. The faculty member would primarily teach courses that focus on analytics and data visualization, public relations research and measurement, as well as emerging and social media but may occasionally teach public relations principles, public relations strategies, public relations campaigns, or other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Candidates will be expected to teach in the college’s Master of Arts program by teaching and advising students in the Digital Communication Strategies specialization.

Marquette University is an urban Catholic, Jesuit University dedicated to principles of excellence, leadership, faith, and service, and lives out these principles as a dedicated and involved member of the Milwaukee community. The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication includes departments of Communication Studies, Digital Media and Performing Arts, Journalism and Media Studies, and Strategic Communication; and faculty are provided generous funding to support research and teaching. Faculty are dedicated to bringing strategic communication to life, combining an innovative curricular structure with engaging teaching, robust research, and strong industry integration.

The Department of Strategic Communication, the largest department within the Diederich College of Communication with more than 500 undergraduate students, houses three majors: Advertising, Public Relations, and Corporate Communication. The department focuses on training young professionals by marrying theory with practice, preparing graduates for careers in advertising, public relations and corporate communication. Strategic Communication graduates work at advertising and public relations agencies, corporations, governmental organizations and nonprofits across the United States, with the strongest job placement within the Milwaukee and Chicago markets.

The department also showcases the annual Insight Summit Series, which is open to faculty, students and the professional community and brings together thought leaders from across the United States to discuss current trends in strategic communication with a focus on emerging media. Additionally, the department provides numerous extra-curricular activities including Ad Club and PRSSA. With nine full-time faculty and 25 part-time adjunct professors, who are often working professionals, our students are exposed to a diverse range of teaching experiences, professional expertise and scholarly acumen. Finally, our faculty are committed to the ideals of strategic communication for the greater good.


The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in communication, mass communication, strategic communication, advertising, public relations, data analytics or another related academic field — and should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the area of public relations. She or he should demonstrate potential for teaching excellence and high-quality research with a well-defined research agenda with evidence of scholarly publications and a demonstrated teaching ability at the collegiate level. Professional experience is a valued asset.

Application Procedure (Online Applications Only)

Before electronically submitting your materials, please review the application process at Marquette University’s Human Resources Website. Applications for this position must be filed through our Human Resources website at this link:

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter that addresses interest in and qualifications for the position, including a statement explaining the candidate’s teaching philosophy and research interests,
  2. a curriculum vita,
  3. evidence of teaching effectiveness,
  4. evidence of successful professional expertise and
  5. names, addresses, e-mail, and phone numbers of at least three references.

Visit us at the Diederich College of Communication.

For more information, contact, Nathan Gilkerson, Search Committee Chair, Department of Strategic Communication, 1131 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233.

Review of applications will begin on Oct. 31, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Marquette University is building a diverse academic community and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. (An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer)