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VPAA #2018/2019-18

The School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in public relations at the level of assistant professor, to start August 2018.


The successful candidate will be able to teach in the long term across the undergraduate curriculum in public relations, including public relations writing (including digital/social media), principles of public relations, public relations capstone, and applied research in public relations. The successful candidate also will be able to teach graduate-level courses in public relations, as needed on a rotational basis. In alignment with the University’s teacher-scholar model, the new hire could also teach a dual-level elective fitting the candidate’s area(s) of research interest and his/her research program. The faculty member is expected to have a scholarly research agenda in public relations, to provide service to the School and professional public relations communities, and to serve on master’s thesis and comprehensive examination committees.

The ideal candidate should have a strong program of scholarship already in development that will complement the active scholarly activity of its faculty in creating cutting-edge public relations theory, applying public relations theory to professional practice, and examining key issues of the profession.

One of the goals of the School of Journalism and Media Studies Strategic Plan is to maintain our international research reputation in public relations. To that end, we strongly encourage applications from candidates whose research investigates public relations and digital media theories in diverse cultures, especially Spanish-speaking countries and communities. At present, the public relations faculty's global expertise lies in China, Europe, and the Middle East; Latin and South America are strategic areas for growth and development in public relations theory and practice. Fluency and literacy in both English and another language (e.g., Spanish) would be a plus.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates with demonstrated experience working with or mentoring students from under-represented communities; candidates should address such experience in their application cover letters.


An earned doctorate in public relations, mass communication, communication, or an allied field is required by the position start date. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, in line with SDSU’s teacher-scholar model. Evidence or promise of a strong research agenda in public relations is required. Ability and interest to teach public relations courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required. Relevant professional experience in public relations is required.




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The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.