Assistant Professor, Tenure-track Public Relations

  • San Jose State University
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • Nov 01, 2017
Full time Advertising and Public Relations Education

Job Description

Teach undergraduate and graduate skills and conceptual courses in writing (both “earned” and “owned” media), public relations case studies, campaigns, research, data analytics, and other integrated marketing communication courses. Knowledge of/experience in high-tech, health, crisis, and global strategic communication is a plus. Serve on school, college, and university committees.

Salary Range:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 20, 2018.

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:
For full consideration, upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three confidential letters of reference with contact information by November 10, 2017 to . Please direct all questions to: Dr. Phylis Johnson (, Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, San José State University. Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

The public relations program at San José State University is nationally recognized and the only
degree program of its kind in Northern California.  San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close.  A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider
qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age,
gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition,
marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University
students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable
accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San
José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child
Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in
CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily
before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete
the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of
current CSU employees who apply for the position. The latest San José State University Safety 101 Uniform Campus Crime and Security Report is available. You may request a copy of San José State University’s annual safety report by contacting the University Police Department at (408) 924-2222 or by visiting the University Police Department website at (




Earned doctoral degree in public relations, mass communications, or closely related field by the position start date. Applicants must have a demonstrated understanding of how public relations helps organizations achieve their missions through the principled application of public relations strategies and tactics. The ideal candidate will have teaching and professional experience, a strong research agenda, and the ability to advance the school’s public relations curriculum in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population evidenced by cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.