The Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Design
(APRD) in the College of Media, Communication and Information at
the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for three
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor positions specializing in
advertising to begin in 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
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- This position is 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service,
and involves teaching two classes per semester.
- Teach a wide variety of courses in our undergraduate
advertising curriculum and contribute to our doctoral program.
- Guide and work with our graduate students as well as build and
sustain ties with the advertising industry.
The advertising strategy track in APRD’s Bachelors in Strategic
Communication has the largest collection of undergraduates in the
college with approximately 300 students enrolled. It prepares
students for careers in various types of advertising
agencies/departments, including full-service, digital, planning,
and performance marketing. These positions require teaching in this
track, and we have a particular need for media planning and
performance media instruction.
As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to
equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented
a reference check pilot program with respect to final candidates
for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program
is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information
about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions,
specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment,
and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final
candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to
complete an Authorization to Release Information.
All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply
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
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- A Ph.D. in advertising, marketing, strategic communication,
business, or a closely related field is required. ABD applicants
with exceptional research, teaching and professional experience
will be considered with the expectation of completion of a Ph.D.
dissertation by the time of appointment.
- All applicants must have experience as an instructor of record
in teaching advertising and/or strategic communication courses at a
major university and have demonstrated commitment 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
- Proven ability to teach across a broad advertising curriculum.
Candidates must have demonstrated ability to present/publish
original research via leading conferences such as: AAA, AEJMC, BEA
and ICA and/or high impact, academic journals relating to
- Evidence of experience with and commitment to diversity, equity
and inclusion in the classroom is required and is desirable in
relation to current and future research plans.
- Ideal candidates will have demonstrated performance in teaching
courses related to media planning and buying, strategic thinking,
advertising research methods, performance marketing, programmatic
advertising, branding, advertising, society and culture,
representations related to diversity, equity and inclusion; history
of advertising and/or advanced strategic advertising courses.
Experience or knowledge relating to mentoring undergraduate
students in formal ways, such as the National Student Advertising
Competition (NSAC) 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
- The University of Colorado Boulder and APRD are
research-centered, with the expectation that tenure-track
colleagues publish multiple 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.
To apply, please submit the following materials online:
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022
- Current curriculum vitae.
- Cover letter that makes a case for why the candidate is a good
fit for the position
- 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
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy, uploaded in PDF format.
- 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.
- 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
position will remain open until filled.
For more information, email Chris Vargo, Search Chair, at
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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