Fresno State campus

Advertising and Public Relations- Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Public Affairs

California State University, Fresno
College of Arts & Humanities
Department of Media Communication & Journalism


Advertising/Public Relations
Assistant Professor
Tenure Track
Fall 2023 (August 2023)

The Department of Media, Communications and Journalism at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in Advertising and Public Relations to join our thriving option. The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in public relations and advertising, which may include: copywriting and creative, digital and social media, campaigns, and advertising and public relations agency. Other courses taught may stem from the candidate’s specific area of expertise and/or the department’s needs. Advising and mentoring students will be part of this role as well as engaging in scholarship or creative activities and participating in service activities at all levels of the university. Specific assignments will depend on department needs. In addition, we will expect our new colleague to establish connections between the AD/PR program and the local and regional advertising and public relations industries and appropriate organizations.

The faculty member will teach three courses each semester for the first two years. After that, faculty typically teach four 3-unit courses per semester. Faculty may apply for assigned time course reductions to support scholarly research and/or creative works.  Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  1. An earned Ph.D. or other terminal degree in public relations, advertising, or other closely-related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate or terminal degree may be considered. For an appointment, the doctorate or terminal degree must be completed by 8/1/2023.

Required Experience:

  1. Successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level
  2. Professional experience in the field of public relations, advertising or related field
  3. Evidence of publications in scholarly journals and/or adjudicated creative work

Preferred Experience:

  1. Experience working with Latinx communities
  2. Spanish language aptitude
  3. Experience working with graphics, visuals, and design to enhance strategic messaging and communication

Application Procedures:  To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023.  Apply online at

 Application Review Date:  Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Attach the following:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing all areas of required education and experience
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  4. Names and contact information of three professional references

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline.  The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  1. Three current letters of recommendation
  2. Official transcripts

Committee Information:

Search Chair:   Professor Betsy A. Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA, Search Committee Chair 
                       Department of Media Communication & Journalism
                       College of Arts & Humanities

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

About the College and Department:

The Department of Media, Communications and Journalism serves more than 300 undergraduate students studying in one of four options: Advertising and Public Relations, Digital Journalism, Broadcast and Multiplatform Journalism, and Film and Media Arts. Students and faculty are involved in a variety of media operations, clubs and activities including The Collegian student newspaper, Fresno State Focus student newscast, KFSR 90.7 FM campus radio, Multimedia Production Services, a student-run advertising and public relations firm (TALK), the Paul D. Adams Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition, Alpha Delta Sigma (advertising club), and the Fresno State chapter of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). In addition to the campus newspaper and radio station, media facilities include an HD television studio, two computer labs, and multiple editing stations

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

Salary placement commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

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 outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is an 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, or protected veteran status.

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