Assistant Professor of Advertising

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

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Media Studies, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Professional Fields, Journalism
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

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 marginalization.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • 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.
What You Should Know

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 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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Be accomplished. Be inspired. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • 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 You Will Need
  • 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 advertising.
  • 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.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • 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 advertising strategy.
  • 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. students.
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 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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Posting Contact Name: Chris Vargo

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