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Boston University Professor of the Practice, Public Relations, College of Communication in BOSTON, Massachusetts

The Department of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations at Boston University seeks to hire a Non-Tenure-Track Professor of the Practice in Public Relations.

The ideal candidate for this position would be a veteran and esteemed public relations executive, ideally someone who has had a profound and enduring influence on the public relations industry.

The department of Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our academic programs and research. To that, we are especially eager to have join our ranks a colleague who supports our institutional commitment to ensuring BU is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and a place where all constituents can thrive.

BU offers degrees in public relations at the graduate (Master of Science in Public Relations) and undergraduate (Bachelor of Science in Public Relations) level. It is our intention to attempt to recruit a senior public relations executive with an international reputation to this position. BU enjoys an international reputation for excellence in public relations research and education and is home to the world’s first university degree program in public relations.

Boston University identifies “Professors of the Practice,” as “officers of instruction who are or have been distinguished practitioners in their respective professions and whose primary responsibilities lie in teaching, mentoring and service.” The successful candidate will join an internationally famous public relations faculty that includes two other Professors of the Practice in Public Relations. One of these professors spent 12 years as Chairman and CEO of one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, and the other served more than a decade as the Chief Communications Officer for a Fortune 50 company.

Established in 1947, the College of Communication (COM) at Boston University is a large college with three departments: Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations; Journalism, and Film & Television. COM’s student population exceeds 2,200 in its B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs. COM integrates a strong liberal arts core with a focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. The faculty represents a blend of award-winning scholars and award-winning practitioners.

Located in the “hub of education” and a major media market, Boston University’s College of Communication offers prospective faculty members a wealth of opportunities for collaborative efforts in academic and professional spheres.


Interested applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest and the names, professional titles and email addresses of three references.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications may be sent by surface mail or, preferably, by email (as a PDF) document to:

Laura Cafasso


Department of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations

College of Communication

Boston University

640 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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