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Assistant Professor of Public Relations

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 23, 2022
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Job Summary

The Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (APRD) in the College of Media, Communication, and Information (CMCI) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of public relations to begin August 2023.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The APRD faculty are an inclusive set of researchers, creatives and educators focused broadly on advertising, public relations, and media design. The department serves a large undergraduate population studying for a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication, and a growing graduate program. CU Boulder is an R-1 research university with almost 30,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate students. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains yet only 27 miles from Denver with its lively advertising and public relations scene, Boulder is often named one of the most desirable places in America to live.

Established in 2015, the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) is at the forefront of the revolution in communication and digital technology education. CMCI prides itself on offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and creativity. Our students and faculty from six departments think across boundaries, innovate around emerging problems and create culture that transcends convention.

CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome applications from minoritized racial and ethnic identities, ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of marginalization.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Teach a wide variety of courses in our undergraduate public relations curriculum and contribute to our doctoral program. Fields of research and teaching may include: digital, social, and emerging media and/or (2) corporate social advocacy/responsibility, social justice and diversity, and science/health/risk/environment communication.
  • Guide and work with our graduate students as well as build and sustain ties with the public relations industry.
  • The standard course load is two classes per semester.
What You Should Know

The public relations track in APRD’s Bachelor’s in Strategic Communication has about 200 undergraduate students. It prepares students for careers in various types of public relations agencies, corporate communication roles, and beyond.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary range is $75,000 - $83,000.

Relocation assistance is available for eligible candidates


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • A Ph.D. in public relations, mass communication, or a closely related field. ABD applicants with exceptional research, teaching and professional experience will be considered with the requirement of completion of a Ph.D. dissertation by the time of appointment.
  • Experience as an instructor of record in teaching public relations courses at a major university and a dedication to, and experience with, inclusive pedagogies and the mentoring of a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate students.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Demonstrated performance in teaching courses related to strategic writing for public relations, digital storytelling, strategic communication, strategy, and/or research methods at the undergraduate level.
  • Experience or knowledge relating to mentoring undergraduate students in formal ways, such as the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) would be an advantage. We are especially interested in candidates who can lead and direct industry collaborations, particularly career advancement and networking opportunities for undergraduate students specializing in public relations.
  • The University of Colorado Boulder and APRD are research-centered, with the expectation that tenure-track colleagues consistently publish peer-reviewed pieces of research per year in high-impact journals or similar outlets. The department has a Ph.D. program and expects that candidates will eventually have the opportunity to mentor and conduct research with Ph.D. students.
  • It is highly desirable that applicants have a record of publishing in well-respected, peer-reviewed scholarly venues.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials online:
  1. Current curriculum vitae.
  2. Cover letter that makes a case for why the candidate is a good fit for the position
  3. During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three (3) references (email address and phone). We may request confidential letters of recommendation at a later time. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy, uploaded in PDF format.
  5. Evidence of Engagement with Issues of Diversity Statement outlining your commitment and experience with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom and with mentoring, uploaded in PDF format.
  6. Optional: Evidence of Teaching Success, uploaded in PDF format. (Examples of evidence of teaching success might include teaching awards, unique teaching initiatives, peer reviews of teaching or teaching evaluations.)

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 . The position will remain open until filled.

For more information, email Erin Willis, Search Chair, at

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Erin Willis

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