Associate Professor, Department Chair of Media Communications

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00
Oct 28, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The Media Communication Department, one of three academic units contributing to the School of Creativity + Practice. Media Communication provides a major in which technological innovation is grounded in a traditional humanities and social sciences curriculum. The department has over 90 majors, with three full-time and four parttime faculty, and a full-time radio station manager. Department curriculum focuses on mass media and its related disciplines that include advertising, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and new media technology. The department has two media laboratories, the TODAY online and print magazine and KTSC-FM, an 8,000- watt radio station, known as "REV 89.” The department also has a collaborative relationship with Rocky Mountain Public Media. Department faculty prioritize technology, supported with the Adobe Creative Suite, for teaching as well as media labs. The major provides a marketable and professionally credible program, a student-centered experience for advising and learning, an applied learning environment with cutting-edge technology use in the professions, and a 55-year tradition of excellence.


 Description of Job: Half-time department chair: Duties include leading faculty and students in fulfilling the vision and mission of Media Communication. These duties also include mentoring faculty, completing annual APR for faculty, recommending on promotion and tenure review, modeling collegial and respectful personal interactions, resolving personnel issues, supervising administrative assistants, completing annual performance evaluations for administrative assistants, orienting adjuncts and new instructors, evaluating salary equity or merit requests, overseeing applications for sabbatical, providing a supportive environment for staff, students and faculty, scheduling classes, directing curriculum, preparing long-range planning, preparing reports for the institution, monitoring articulation agreements, managing and allocating budgets, providing academic advising in all Media Communication emphasis areas, organizing department meetings, supporting the School of Creativity + Practice, implementing CSU Pueblo’s Vision 2028.
Half-time teaching:  Possible courses include Media and Diverse Cultures, Media Programming, Regulation of Electronic Media, Broadcast News writing, Scriptwriting, and Media Law and Ethics.

Student Advising:  Ongoing student advising each semester

Scholarly or Creative Activity:  Actively engaged in scholarly or creative contributions

Service:  Expected service to the department, university, profession and community

Primary Duties
All responsibilities of faculty members at CSU Pueblo are in accordance with the Faculty Handbook. The Faculty Handbook is the authoritative guide on specific requirements with regard to teaching assignments, scholarly activity, research, and service.
  • Leading faculty and students in fulfilling the vision and mission of Media Communication and the School of Creativity and Practice. Teaching master level media communication courses and advising students. This includes a half time teaching load of 6 credit hours per semester, preparation of materials, syllabi, measuring student outcomes, ordering and using appropriate textbooks, preparing all methods of evaluation and grading the work submitted, monitoring attendance for compliance with university standards, and recording grades. The candidate must maintain office hours and an advising load comparable to others in the department.
  • Building and maintaining a focused research agenda.  Developing and implementing appropriate research studies, presenting results of this work at appropriate conferences, and publishing this work in discipline-appropriate, peer-reviewed publications.
  • Service to the department, the college, the university, the community, and profession through membership and leadership on various committees, both standing and ad hoc, consultation in various capacities, presenting educational in-services to entities, serving as a board member, and other such activities.


 Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights: Minimum Qualifications
  • Terminal degree in an area related to Media Communication.
  • Three (3) years college-level teaching, five (5) years professional experience in areas related to Media Communication.
  • Experience with digital technologies.

Preferred Qualifications 
  • Experience in student operated media labs. 
  • Experience overseeing internships and field experiences.
  • Experience working with department alumni. 
  • Experience in fundraising  for department initiatives.


 Supplemental Information: All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 
  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. an unofficial transcript; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.

Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4 p.m. (MST) on Friday, November 27, 2020 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University Pueblo

Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students. CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small professor-to-student ratio for an ever-changing global economy. Students can choose from 28 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science and Mathematics, the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies and 10 graduate programs.

CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution. Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly-growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students. The University also seeks to provide a rich and diverse cultural environment that allows freedom of expression within a spirit of civility and mutual respect. The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society--local and global--and builds our sense of citizenship.

Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report. CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.

At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience. Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

About Pueblo, Colorado 

The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west. The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.

CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.

The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.

Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.

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Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.