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Assistant Professor Public Relations

Vacancy Announcement
Faculty Tenure-Track Position Starting August 2019
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
JOB # 1920-10

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty, staff, and administrators of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University invites applications for a tenure-track professor of journalism to support the department’s public relations concentration. We seek to hire a candidate who has substantial academic and professional experience in public relations, marketing and/or strategic communication and whose teaching exemplifies multicultural, interdisciplinary and global perspectives.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at

Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Master’s degree or equivalent in Journalism or related field from an accredited college or university and at least five years professional experience in journalism and/or public relations is required at the time of appointment.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Prior experience in teaching a wide variety of courses in public relations and mass communication and willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences;
  • Evidence of, or potential for, effective teaching using a variety of methodologies;
  • Commitment to and/or experience fostering a learning environment that supports individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion in pedagogy and curricula;
  • Record of, or potential for, scholarly agenda and publication; and
  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Ph.D. in mass communication or related field;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the university level;
  • Experience with first-year student learning communities or other first-year initiatives;
  • Ability to integrate global or international perspectives in teaching and/or scholarship.

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page:

Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

PROFESSIONAL  DUTIES:  At  HSU,  teaching  effectiveness  is  essential  for   faculty   retention,   tenure   and  promotion. Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research and creative activities record. Instructional assignments may include the following courses: Introduction to Public Relations, Advanced Public Relations, Media Advertising, Media Management, Introduction to Mass Communication, Media History, Analyzing Mass Media, Media Research and Journalism Tools. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students and instructor’s areas of interest.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and service. In addition to the teaching load, the position responsibilities include advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues and participation in traditional academic functions including assessment of learning. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure and promotion.

GENERAL INFORMATION: In Humboldt State University’s journalism program, students practice news storytelling with text, audio, photos and graphics in their first semesters. Students go on to craft compelling stories for our award-winning student media, The Lumberjack weekly newspaper, El Leñador bilingual monthly, Osprey student magazine and the student radio station KRFH-FM. Many move into internships and professional media jobs as juniors and seniors. While building professional portfolios, students glean deeper appreciation for media ethics, law, history, and entrepreneurship. Graduates leave Humboldt's journalism program ready to work professionally in local, regional and national news media and public relations. They start businesses. They attend graduate and law school. They thrive.

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APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio:

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  • Letter of application that includes statement of teaching philosophy and description of research and creative activity interests;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching evaluations (2 years maximum);
  • Samples of professional, published work (you may provide links within your CV);
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

Additional application materials may be requested at a later time. Please direct any questions pertaining to this position to:
Deidre Pike, search committee chair
Department of Journalism & Mass Communication
Humboldt State University One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Phone (707) 362-7198 or (707) 826-4775

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by October 31, 2018.

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It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The successful candidate for this position will be mandated to receive relevant training on an annual basis. The person holding this position is considered a ‘limited reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

New employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10 year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits.

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or