Assistant Professor of Public Relations - University of La Verne in La Verne California

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University of La Verne

La Verne, California


United States
(20150052FA)

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Detailed Job Description

The Department of Communications a broadly trained Public Relations professor with strong social media and multi media skills who is committed to teaching and preparing student communicators for careers in the 21st century. This position is integral and complementary to departmental offerings in journalism, broadcast journalism, public affairs, multi media, television and radio. The department is a best practice leader in theory to practice conception and teaches public relations/public affairs with a journalism theory base. This is a full-time, tenure track position at the assistant professor level, begins Fall 2016.
The Department seeks a candidate with a strong background in public relations, multi media, social media, and writing who can expand program curricula to actively engage students, develop courses and offer professional contacts in public relations. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent Associated Press Style journalism writing and other skills associated with public relations, including Web page building skills, proficiency in multi media software and social media teaching skills. PRSA membership highly recommended. The ability to start and provide leadership for a PRSA chapter required.
The successful candidate will, have, at a minimum degree, an M.A. or M.F.A. in a communications-related field. Ph.D.s are preferred. Previous university teaching experience desired. S/he should also have a commitment to teaching and a passion for scholarship in public relations. The candidate will hold the ability and willingness to teach undergraduate courses that include: Theories and Principles of Public Relations, Public Relations Methods, Writing for Public Relations, Survey of Social Media, Survey of Multi Media, Case Studies in Public Relations, Crisis Management and Senior Seminar. The successful candidate will work with faculty to continuously improve the curriculum in assigned course areas; maintain established office hours to provide one-on-one or group support for students; start, advise and facilitate activities of a La Verne PRSSA chapter; and find internship leads for students. Student advising and committee work is required of all faculty, as well as maintaining a record of scholarship, publication and professional activities to assure department and university visibility.
The College of Arts and Sciences seeks candidates whose teaching, research and service complement the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity and who understand the barriers faced by underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students.

The College of Arts and Sciences is engaged in developing The La Verne Experience, a University-wide initiative that integrates curricular and co-curricular activities with community engagement. As a holistic educational approach, The La Verne Experience focuses on Learning Communities, Theory-to-Practice, Experiential Learning, and Integrated Learning. Candidates will be expected to collaborate in departmental efforts with The La Verne Experience, including interdisciplinary approaches to education and innovative pedagogies.

The University of La Verne is a 120 year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in southern California with a strong emphasis on teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-age and adult learners. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. All programs have high retention and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities.

The University of La Verne has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations. The university is an equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse, and dependent children, and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan. For more information regarding the University of La Verne, visit our website at http://www.laverne.edu.

Interested candidates should submit a current curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for at least three professional references in Word or PDF format preferred to jobs@laverne.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please see the instructions above.

Specific Duties

The Department seeks a candidate with a strong background in public relations, multi media, social media, and writing who can expand program curricula to actively engage students, develop courses and offer professional contacts in public relations. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent Associated Press Style journalism writing and other skills associated with public relations, including Web page building skills, proficiency in multi media software and social media teaching skills. PRSA membership highly recommended. The ability to start and provide leadership for a PRSA chapter required.
The successful candidate will, have, at a minimum degree, an M.A. or M.F.A. in a communications-related field. Ph.D.s are preferred. Previous university teaching experience desired. S/he should also have a commitment to teaching and a passion for scholarship in public relations. The candidate will hold the ability and willingness to teach undergraduate courses that include: Theories and Principles of Public Relations, Public Relations Methods, Writing for Public Relations, Survey of Social Media, Survey of Multi Media, Case Studies in Public Relations, Crisis Management and Senior Seminar. The successful candidate will work with faculty to continuously improve the curriculum in assigned course areas; maintain established office hours to provide one-on-one or group support for students; start, advise and facilitate activities of a La Verne PRSSA chapter; and find internship leads for students. Student advising and committee work is required of all faculty, as well as maintaining a record of scholarship, publication and professional activities to assure department and university visibility.

Minimum Qualifications

An M.A. or M.F.A. in a communications-related field. Previous university teaching experience desired.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D.s are preferred. Previous university teaching experience desired.

Benefits Summary

The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.

Location

La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions to Applicants

Open Date 08/10/2015

Keyword Phrases

  • Assistant Professor of Public Relations
  • Employer of Choice
  • Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Hispanic Serving Institution
  • Public Relations and Advertising
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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Not Specified
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Not Specified
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
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