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The Michigan State University Department of Advertising and Public Relations, a leader in education, research and outreach, invites nominations and applications for a dynamic, visionary leader to be the Chairperson. For more than 60 years, the department has set the global pace in research excellence and achievement while also maintaining an award-winning undergraduate program. These remain the department’s core values. The college and the university remain fully committed to providing resources to ensure that the department continues its cutting edge approach.

Our next chairperson will be a globally recognized scholar who has the foresight and leadership to balance the department’s research initiatives and creative activity with our teaching mission. This person will be a researcher, teacher and mentor who can lead our faculty and students, both undergraduate and graduate, to be competitive and successful in a rapidly changing marketplace.

The department’s 16 tenure system faculty and 29 professors of practice maintain a diverse portfolio of research interests, creative enterprise, and teaching excellence. Our top-ranked interdisciplinary doctoral program and applied master’s program attract students from across the globe. With over 1,500 undergraduate majors, we are one of the largest academic advertising programs in the world and our alumni hold top-level positions in advertising agencies, corporate settings, NGOs and governments worldwide. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic credentials. Starting date for the position is negotiable.

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations is housed in MSU’s world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Established in 1955, as the first of its kind in the country, "ComArtSci" is now one of the largest and most respected colleges of Communication in the world. The College of Communication Arts and Sciences combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and to influence the professional practice of communication globally. For additional information, visit

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in advertising, public relations, strategic communication or a related discipline, a track record of distinguished scholarship including grant activity, administrative and organizational skills, and intellectual curiosity.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred candidates will be effective communicators who have a demonstrated ability to facilitate interdepartmental, college and university collaborations. The successful candidate will be a catalyst and dynamic leader who articulates a vision for the department and the drive to achieve it. Having experience in forging collaborative relationships with industry partners is a plus.

The successful candidate will be empowered to develop an integrated departmental leadership team to support implementation of the vision.

Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit a statement of purpose and vision for the department, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references.

Special Instructions

The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants by Sept. 1, 2017. Recruiting and evaluation will continue until an exceptional candidate is selected.

Letters of nomination or questions about the position may be directed to Esther Thorson, email [email protected]; 573-864-4521. Electronic submission of applications through MSU’s Careers site are required.




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Posted: 9/22/2017
Application Due: 9/22/2018
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