Lecturer, Public Relations (Media and Communication)

Melbourne, Australia
Academic Level B + 17% Superannuation
15 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
04 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Prepare and deliver programs at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the Public Relations field
  • Academic Level B + 17% Superannuation
  • Ongoing position, hybrid working, based in the heart of Melbourne

RMIT offers life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT's leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

This position sits within the School of Media and Communication within the College of Design and Social Context. The School pushes the boundaries of digital knowledge creation and future-focused practice and has deep engagement with industry and the community that allows research and teaching to respond creatively and innovatively to global conditions.

In the most recent QS Rankings by Subject, RMIT was ranked 37th in the world for Communications and Media Studies.

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking, RMIT was judged to be well above world standard (5) for the field of Communication and Media studies and above world standard (4) for the field of Cultural Studies and Design Practice and Management, reinforcing the dedication and expertise in these areas. RMIT was also judged to be at world standard (3) for the fields of Film, Television, and Performing Arts and Creative Writing.

For more information, visit www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/media-and-communication

About the role

The Lecturer, Public Relations is expected to contribute to the teaching and research efforts of the School in the discipline of Public Relations. The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out teaching activities within undergraduate, Masters and Graduate Diploma programs in public relations/strategic communication, and for maintaining and advancing their scholarly and research capabilities.

The Lecturer, Public Relations, will have teaching experience and will be responsible for course coordination and curriculum development. They may contribute to the supervision of Honours and/or Higher Degree research students. They will actively promote the public relations program by developing connections and relationships with industry, professional, and academic communities. It is also expected that they work collaboratively and collegially with fellow academics within the teaching team, and update colleagues and students on developments in public relations and related areas of digital communication. Professional industry experience in public relations/strategic communication, and a developing track record in communication research is strongly desired.

About You

To come and join our team, you'll meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to prepare and deliver public relations/strategic communication programs at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, including online delivery, and the ability to produce high quality curriculum and teaching resources.
  • Abilit to undertake course coordination.
  • Capacity to work effectively with and to negotiate sensitively with students especially on issues related to effective learning.
  • Emerging track record and recognition for quality research outputs which will contribute to existing Discipline and School research areas evidenced by publications, development of new research initiatives, research funding, and industry links.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective networks with colleagues and effectively liaise with industry, government, and NFP organisations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills appropriate for interacting with higher degree by research candidates, staff, and industry, together with a strong commitment to teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration


PhD or equivalent in relevant field.

Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check

Preferred: Completion of the Essentials of Learning and Teaching or possess (or eligible to apply for) appropriate Higher Education Academy HEA fellowship (if the appointed candidate does not meet this requirement at time of appointment, they will be supported to complete this as a requirement to fulfil their probation).

Equivalence is defined in the exemption criteria at Appointment of staff without Doctoral qualifications instruction

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

To Apply

Please submit your CV, cover letter and separated document addressing the Key Selection Criteria and click on the 'Apply' link below.

For further information about this position, please see Position Description below or contact Deborah Wise, Senior Lecturer, Public Relations & Communication via email deborah.wise@rmit.edu.au

Applications close 11:59 pm Sunday 4 September 2022

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community, and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team, and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at TalentSupport@rmit.edu.au telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

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