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Assistant Professor of Media & Entertainment: Strategic Communication

Colorado State University - Pueblo
Pueblo, Colorado
$59,000.00 - $62,000.00 Annually
Date posted
Jan 9, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details


The Department of Media & Entertainment is dedicated to upholding the university’s vision by providing interdisciplinary education and is committed to the academic success of each student. As part of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Colorado State University Pueblo, Media & Entertainment exists to prepare students to be effective and experienced content creators, producers, and media professionals, competitively positioned for careers in media and entertainment and related industries. Our department blends practice, technology, theory, and critical thinking to create dynamic, professional-level media through active and engaging pedagogical practices. SOCO Student Media offers our students opportunities to engage in professional, real-world converged media experiences through our student media entities. Our program offers a certificate, minor, and major in Media & Entertainment. Students enrolled in the major have a choice of six concentrations:

  • Multimedia Journalism and Storytelling
  • Sports and eSports Media
  • Strategic Communication (communication or design focus)
  • Production (film/video or sound/audio focus)
  • Media, Entertainment, & Arts Management
  • Spanish-Language Media & Entertainment (collaboration with English & World Languages)

Description of Job

Our new colleague will join us in expanding and further developing our Strategic Communication concentration. An ideal candidate will have a combination of professional and educational experience, multimedia skills, a desire for experiential hands-on teaching, a collaborative spirit, and a passion for teaching our diverse student body.

Responsibilities of our new colleague include, but are not limited to, teaching public relations, branding and advertising, crisis communications, social media integration and analytics, student media practicum, or other media/entertainment courses within the Media & Entertainment department and school/college; acting as faculty advisor and mentor within student media and our department; contributing to student success through advising, supporting, and mentoring undergraduate majors and students; collaborating with department and college-level teams to further implement innovative academic programs and promote university service and community engagement; actively participating in recruiting, retention, and alumni events. Applicants must be committed to all aspects of diversity in learning, discovery, and engagement as well as to contributing to the success of Media & Entertainment through frequent positive collaboration with faculty colleagues, dissemination of scholarly works, and service to the university and profession.

Primary Duties

Teaching / Librarianship:

Serves Media & Entertainment through excellence in teaching and mentorship and provides leadership in the expansion of the Strategic Communication concentration.

Scholarly & Creative Activities: 

Establishes and maintains a developing record of scholarship commensurate with the level of rank, and a clear indication of the potential to achieve nationally and internationally recognized standards of excellence.


Includes but is not limited to:

  • Contributes to student success through advising, support and mentoring undergraduate majors and students. Schedules office hours to meet advising responsibilities and encourage improved student performance in classes. Assists students in setting academic goals, maintaining a record of advisement, and provides referrals to appropriate student services.
  • Attends and takes part in meetings of the associated departments, school, college, and university. Serves if elected or appointed with their consent, to university boards or estate committees. Facilitates academic community cooperation. Attends campus meetings and University functions including Commencement.
  • Actively engages in curriculum development and revision, assessment, and student recruitment events. Participates and contributes to departmental/college policies.

Salary Range

$59,000 - $62,000

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public relations, strategic communication, communication, media, or related field.
  • Published and/or professional works in strategic communications or related area.
  • Understanding of industry standards across a variety of strategic communication multimedia content (print, digital/online, social, audio/visual, live events, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse populations and learners.
  • Digital portfolio demonstrating professional and/or academic work in the field of strategic communications (samples of student works preferred).
  • Experience with design elements and Adobe software.
  • Experience with social media strategies (planning, integration, analysis).
  • Teaching or instructional experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with media writing for public relations, advertising, broadcast, or journalism.
  • Experience in a position requiring work with multimedia production technology and processes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in public relations, strategic communication, communication, media, or related field with industry experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with media writing for public relations, advertising, broadcast, and journalism. 
  • Continuous record of scholarly activity in strategic communications.
  • Strong professional sensibilities in creating effective content.
  • Advanced proficiency in Spanish.
  • Experience working with student media or student-led productions.
  • Experience recruiting students.
  • Experience with health-related communication.
  • Effective teaching or instructional experience.
  • Expertise with integrating design elements and Adobe products into strategic communication messages/practices.
  • Experience with a variety of media technologies/ facilities and standards, with demonstrated ability to integrate technology into strategic communication content. 
  • Professional experience working on significant projects or within public relations, advertising, or related industries.
  • Experience with social media strategies (planning, integration, analysis).
  • Experience with and commitment to working with diverse student populations

Supplemental Information

All interested candidates must apply through the online application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted. Applicants must attach the following documents, to be considered for this position: 

  • a letter of intent (cover letter)
  • a current resume or CV
  • unofficial or official transcripts showing required degree conferred
  • Link to OR an upload of a portfolio of relevant professional works Portfolio Requirements
    • All portfolios must be in electronic format. Physical portfolios will not be accepted.
    • 3-5 samples of professional works
    • 3-5 samples of student works

Additionally, applicants must include current contact information for three professional references, either within the online application or as an attachment. 

Applications submitted without the required attachments/information 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 filled.

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 student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy. Students can choose from 38 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 15 graduate programs.

CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. 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.

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 STEM 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.

Colorado State University Pueblo offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical and prescription insurance
  • Dental insurance 
  • Vision insurance 
  • Flexible benefit plan 
  • Basic term life insurance 
  • Voluntary term life and AD&D lnsurance 
  • Long-term disability insurance 
  • Employee assistance program 
  • Travel accident insurance 
  • Voluntary critical illness and accident insurance 
  • Annual and sick leave
  • Retirement plans

Other benefits include:

  • Employee and dependent tuition discounts
  • State employee discounts via BenefitHub
  • Various on-campus event, recreation, and meal discounts

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 an 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.

It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources& Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2441 or

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the University's annual security report is available at:  

Colorado State University 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.


Colorado State University Pueblo (CSU Pueblo) is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU-Pueblo’s success will be measured by the resilience, agility, and problem-solving abilities of our diverse student population and the ways in which our graduates are able to navigate work in a rapidly changing world.
Our work is driven by eight guiding principles. At CSU Pueblo, we strive to:
Develop people who have meaningful lives and make significant contributions to their families, communities, and world.
Transform learning and create new opportunities by reimagining academic experiences.
Live sustainably and dedicate resources and focus toward programs and policies that support sustainable living.
Cultivate entrepreneurship by creating educational, economic, cultural, and global innovators
Engage place and embraces our regional histories, diverse cultures, socioeconomic realities, and physical location.
Build knowledge by advancing research and scholarship that serves the public good.
Empower students and promote whole-student success in and out of the classroom.
Impact society and elevate the region through our commitment to the health and well-being of our people and our communities.

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