Assistant Professor, Communications

California State University at Dominguez Hills
Dominguez Hills

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Job no: 501824
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Probationary, Full Time, Faculty - Communications/Journalism

Assistant Professor of Communications

Advertising and Public Relations Degree Program

College of Arts & Humanities

Position Description

The Department of Communications at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2022.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Advertising and Public Relations Program

The Advertising/Public Relations degree program is designed to help students develop an in-depth understanding of the fate and impact of advertising and public relations in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The program focuses on preparing students to become logical and innovative advertising and public relations professionals who also examine the ethical and cultural values in their practice. The program also stresses both analytical approaches and critical thinking skills. Students will learn the foundations underlying persuasive messaging as well as analytical tools applied to advertising and public relations research. Upon completion of the program, students will achieve a wealth of knowledge, practical skills, and the ability to think critically and strategically in developing promotional media messages and strategies.

For more information: Communications Department

The Position

Tenure-Track faculty in the Advertising/Public Relations Program teach three to four undergraduate courses per semester. They are expected to engage in scholarly and/or professional activities, and perform service to the department, college, university and the community.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Strategic Communication or related field by the time of appointment. We will consider a candidate with a master’s degree who has extensive professional strategic communication experience. The candidate will have a strong record of teaching experience in face to face, hybrid, and/or online formats. They must be able to teach courses that range from introductory to advanced, such as: Advertising Strategy and Copy Writing, Public Relations Writing, Digital and Social Media in Public Relations, Media Analysis and Research Methods and Integrated Communications Management at the undergraduate level. Further, the ideal candidate will possess the mentoring skills to advise the PRSSA chapter (i.e. Bateman competition) and/or another student-run club, and engage in other extracurricular activities.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to teaching diverse student populations, including non-traditional and first-generation students. Therefore, the candidate should demonstrate cultural competence to engage with CSUDH’s diverse student population and engage in equitable practices in their advising, teaching, research, and service.


The successful candidate will possess the teaching and professional experience needed to teach three to four courses per semester in the Advertising/Public Relations degree program. The candidate will have a record of scholarship within the communications field, preferably within the field of strategic communication. A candidate who has a master’s and extensive professional strategic communication experience, will be expected to sustain an outstanding and ongoing record of professional activities in that field. Additional duties include advising the PRSSA chapter, student advising, and significant service at the department, college, and university levels.


Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Ph.D by the time of appointment or a master's degree in strategic communication, mass communication or a closely related field with extensive professional strategic communication experience.
  • Demonstrated success teaching advertising/public relations courses with an emphasis on digital strategies.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard or Canvas.
  • Employment Requirement – Background Check

    Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

    How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in August 2021. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than August 15, 2021.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • List of 3 references with contact information*
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching
  • A Statement on Research
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)
  • *This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

    **For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

    A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

    If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

    Dr. Ana de la Serna

    Search Committee Chair

    [email protected]

    CSU, Dominguez Hills

    1000 East Victoria Street, (LIB 379)

    Carson, CA 90747

    Closing Statement

    CSUDH 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.

    For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

    Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

    Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

    The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

    For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

    Advertised: 02 Jul 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled

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