Public Relations Department Chair

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Job # 075451 Job Title Public Relations Department Chair Location Syracuse, New York Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

determined by department/chair

Job Type Full-time Rank Open Rank Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications offers a unique opportunity beginning July 2021: the position of Chair of the Public Relations Department — one of the most successful and highly-regarded public relations programs in the United States. Newhouse is one of the few schools to offer public relations education and professional training at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral (concentration), and mid-career levels, both here and abroad.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who understands the rapidly changing field of public relations and the opportunities that technological developments offer students and faculty.

Rank is open; the successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate students.


Professional experience, academic credentials including administration, and national recognition in public relations is highly desired. Ph.D. and APR preferred. The successful candidate will have prior university teaching experience.

Job Specific Qualifications

In addition, we seek a colleague who shares our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. We are looking for someone to join us in developing strategies that keep the program strong and innovative. The Chair will be expected to maintain a national reputation and support faculty in their scholarly or creative activities.


The Chair’s key responsibilities include but are not limited to collaboration with the School’s administrators to further the School’s professionally-oriented mission, oversight of undergraduate and graduate curricula, recruitment, admission, advising of students in the M.S. degree program in public relations, and building and maintaining relationships with current and prospective students and their parents, alumni, and donors. The Chair of the Public Relations Department teaches three courses per academic year. Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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About the Public Relations Department:

The Department offers the following degrees: A Bachelor of Science in Public Relations; a Master of Science in Public Relations; a Master of Science in Communications Management (executive); and a joint degree in the study of public diplomacy with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Additionally, the Department houses the William P. Doescher Lab for Advertising and Public Relations and is home to the W2O/Newhouse Emerging Insights Lab and the PAN ePortflio Portal, created in partnership with PAN Communications.

The Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at Syracuse University is an alpha chapter established in the mid-1960s with more than 200 members, and is home to Hill Communications, an award-winning, PRSSA -affiliated, student-run public relations agency, which provided services for 10 paying and two pro-bono clients in the last year.

The Department is also home to numerous award-winning students and faculty, including Fulbright scholars, PRSA Gold Key Award for Excellence in Academics winners, Bateman Competition honorable mention, W2O Group ambassadors, and the LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship winners.

To learn more about the Department, our distinguished faculty and alumni, our students, and our programs, visit our website at:

About Our Community:

Syracuse University is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, with access to New York, Washington, Ottawa, Cleveland, Boston, and other major cities within less than a day’s drive or an hour’s flight. A private university, it has a rich tradition of outstanding liberal arts education and strong professional training.

For full descriptions and online application instructions:

Go to Under Search Open positions enter Job # . Cover letter, C.V. or resume, and a list of four references must be submitted electronically. We are particularly interested in candidates who will help us broaden the diversity of our faculty. Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged. Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Review of applications begins February 15, 2021, and will remain open until filled. In your cover letter, please include the following: a) your leadership style, b) how you envision your teaching and scholarship contributing to the Department, and c) if you would like your application to remain confidential. Any candidate selected for a preliminary interview may be interviewed via Zoom.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 12/22/2020 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 02/15/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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