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Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Relations

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 5/24/23

Job Description

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Relations

Job No: 520325
Work Type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Communications/Journalism

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Relations
Effective Date: August 17,2023 (Fall Semester)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin January 16, 2023. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Journalism and Public Relations

The Department of Journalism and Public Relations at California State University, Long Beach is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor with the possibility of tenure, of Public Relations position. Applicants seeking the rank of Associate Professor, with the possibility of tenure, need to be leaders in the field.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.A. in public relations, mass communication or relevant discipline
  • Professional experience in public relations or strategic communication
  • Demonstrated potential or experience in teaching at the college level [A record of teaching that would commensurate with rank]
  • Record of and/or demonstrated potential for successful research, scholarly and creative activities. [A record of scholarly research and publication commensurate with rank]
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in public relations, mass communication or relevant discipline. Degree at the time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 17, 2023.
  • Significant professional experience in public relations
  • Achievement in scholarly research and publication or a defined research agenda
  • Prior college-level teaching experience, especially in public relations
  • Active or leadership role in affinity and advocacy organizations
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body

  • Teach a variety of undergraduate public relations courses [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Develop curriculum and advance the public relations program
  • Engage in original scholarly research that leads to peer-reviewed presentations and publications
  • Contribute to shared governance by serving on committees and participating in other activities
  • Serve as the faculty advisor to the CSULB chapter of PRSSA and/or the CSULB Bateman Team
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community

The CSULB Department of Journalism and Public Relations is home to more than 500 students, 30 full- and part-time faculty members, award-winning student media, the Daily Forty-Niner, DIG Magazine, DIG en Espanol, and the 2019 and 2021 national Bateman public relations case study competition champions. The CSULB campus is located in the second largest media market in the United States and is in the heart of Southern California, 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, 15 miles west of Disneyland and minutes from the Pacific Ocean. With more than 35,000 students, CSULB is one of the largest and most desirable campuses in the 23-campus California State University system.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University's strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

How to Apply - Required Documentation:
  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should applicant reach the finalist stage)
  • Reprint(s) or preprint(s) of scholarly writing, if applicable
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, if applicable (i.e., course evaluation)
  • Sample(s) of syllabi, if applicable
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information about the position and search process should be addressed to:

Dr. Soumitro Sen, Search Committee Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Journalism and Public Relations
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840

Telephone: [Register to View] or Email:


A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated 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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at [Register to View] 53768273%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=x%2FssSWPU79Zsua9mscL47uEVKOTRjZoGoZEI79urdVU%3D&reserved=0"> and questions may be sent to

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Closes: Open until filled

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Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.