Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The department is a highly-respected unit in the College of Liberal Arts. A strong professional skills curriculum serves 400+ majors in an ACEJMC-accredited undergraduate program. Roughly 50 graduate students are enrolled in M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Public Communication and Technology. Programs offer expertise in journalism, public relations, advertising, new media, television, specialized media production, and writing. The department is an active partner in the Colorado School of Public Health and the Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC)—a university-wide consortium involved in information technology education, research, and outreach. Additional partnerships connect the department with Student Media; External Relations; Music, Theater, and Dance; campus-based research superclusters; Sociology; Latin American Studies; Ethnic Studies; Women’s Studies; the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SOGES), the College of Agricultural Sciences; and several other prominent university departments and initiatives. The department leads academic minors in Music, Stage, and Sports Production; Information Science and Technology; and Technical and Science Communication; and participates in minors in Film Studies and Media Studies. More information is available on the department’s website:

Faculty members are highly active in research, publication, professional communication, and public service, as well as academic and professional communication organizations at the state, regional, national, and international levels. The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education has recognized the unique character of the department’s master’s and Ph.D. programs as Western Regional Graduate Programs. A new applied master’s program in media and communication management is projected to start in Denver in 2018.

With six dedicated computer labs, five digital video production rooms, and access to a television studio, the department provides excellent computer, multimedia, and video production facilities for teaching and research. Undergraduate students also benefit from an independent student media operation, a strong internship program, and close ties to Denver’s media community.

Position Summary

Colorado State University seeks an entry-level, tenure track assistant professor in public relations and strategic communication. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in public relations, strategic communication, corporate communication, or closely related area. ABD may be considered. Special consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate an understanding of the intersection of public relations, strategic communication, brand journalism, advertising, social marketing, and public information campaigns. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate skills and concept courses in public relations and other strategic communication courses appropriate to their background as well as theoretical courses at the graduate level in strategic communication, communication management, and/or crisis communication. A contemporary research agenda in public relations/strategic communication topics is expected. Faculty members have a standard 2/2 teaching load in addition to research, advising, outreach, and service duties. Colorado State is Colorado’s land-grant institution situated in the picturesque foothills of the Rocky Mountains, one hour north of Denver.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or advanced ABD status in a Ph.D. program in a relevant discipline by August 15, 2018. The successful candidate must complete the Ph.D. within one year of appointment.
  • Demonstrated research related to the area(s) of public relations, strategic communication, brand journalism, advertising, specialized information campaigns, or the broad arena of integrated marketing communications with clear impact potential.
  • Professional experience complementing the department’s curriculum in public relations, communication campaigns, advertising, strategic communication, or closely related area.
  • Potential for excellence in teaching.
  • The ability and desire to advise M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Completed Ph.D. in a relevant field by August 15, 2018.
  • An established program of research related to public relations, strategic communication, brand journalism, advertising, public information campaigns, or integrated marketing communications.
  • Ability and interest in advising our PRSSA chapter.
  • Proficiency with communication technology and digital media including social, mobile, and legacy media.
  • Familiarity with online analytics and use of related tools to evaluate the effectiveness of reach and impact.
  • At least 3 years of professional media communication experience with an emphasis on public relations, strategic communication, corporate relations, and information campaigns.
  • Demonstrated excellence in previous college teaching experience.
  • Background in funded research or potential to attract extramural funding.
  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload the following documents: a letter of interest identifying area(s) of expertise addressed to Katie Abrams, Search Chair; a current curriculum vitae; a statement of research focus and agenda; evidence of scholarly engagement such as publications or conference papers (a maximum of 3 examples of best and/or most fitting manuscripts); a statement of teaching philosophy; evidence of teaching effectiveness (not to exceed 5 pages); and a list of 3 references with current contact information. Graduate transcripts will be requested for semifinalist candidates. Application materials of semifinalist candidates will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the JMC department. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications must be received by October 9, 2017.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Amparo Jeffrey,