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Public Relations, Assistant Professor

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Communication Department.   Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see [email protected].

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020.  58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):

  1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;
  2. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  3. Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
  4. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  5. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  6. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;
  7. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  8. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  9. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
  10. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College. Cal Poly Pomona's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College’s mission is to cultivate one’s intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College's programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 11 distinct departments at

Department. The Communication Department serves more than 600 majors, with specialized options in Public Relations, Multimedia Journalism, Organizational Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. Graduates earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication can pursue a variety of careers in public relations firms, corporate departments, nonprofit agencies; print and digital publications, news organizations and networks; and human resources and training. The Department’s options also help prepare students for graduate programs in communication and communication-related fields. The Communication Department also houses The Poly Post student newspaper and Bronco Guide magazine, as well as campus SPJ, PRSSA, and Lambda Pi Eta chapters. Communication majors reflect the diversity of the greater campus community: 56% of our majors identify as Latinx, 18% Asian or Pacific Islander, 14% White, 5% Black, and 3% identify as two or more races. Additionally, the Communication Department welcomes a number of other student identities including nontraditional students, transfer students, international students, First Gen, Dreamers and undocumented students, LGBTIQQ students, gender nonbinary students, veterans, native Americans, and students with disabilities.

The faculty member will teach various undergraduate communication courses in Public Relations. The position requires potential for excellence in teaching and academic advising, research and scholarly activities, and service to the Communication Department, the college, the university, and the discipline. The successful applicant will demonstrate commitment to a student-centered learning, undergraduate research, and other campus-wide initiatives. Candidates whose work incorporates a multicultural perspective and commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. The normal teaching load is 12 units per semester. New faculty will teach 9 units per semester for their first two academic years. Thereafter, faculty may apply for university grants that allow for reassigned time for research or scholarly activities.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Ph.D. in Public Relations/Mass Communication or a closely related field by the time of appointment.
  • A Student Success Statement that demonstrates your commitment and record of contributions through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service, by addressing at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above.  (Limit to 2 pages).
  • Ability to teach two or more courses in the following areas: Online and Social Media, Intercultural/International Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Principles of Public Relations, Event Planning, Public Relations Campaigns, and additional courses in the applicant’s area of expertise.
  • Evidence of ongoing scholarly research and work toward publication.
  • Desire to work with students and colleagues of all backgrounds, regardless of race, sex, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, faith, disability, and citizenship status.



Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous college teaching experience and/or public relations professional experience
  • Active engagement in professional or academic organizations that work to advance underrepresented groups within academia or the PR profession



Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Application Process:

A completed application will include the following:

  • A cover letter that describes the applicant’s teaching and research experience and interests and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description
  • A Student Success Statement that demonstrates your commitment and record of contributions through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service, by addressing at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above
  • A curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references who can speak to the applicant’s potential for success in this position
  • At least two recent confidential letters of recommendation (one or more of these letters may come from the three individuals referenced above) that speak to the applicant’s potential for success in this position. Letters of recommendation must be signed and dated within the last two years. Applicants will provide contact information for recommenders during the application process and the system will contact recommenders and provide a method for uploading letters.
  • A completed application form found at:
  • A transcript showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists)

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than October 25, 2021. Electronic submissions of all application materials must be submitted online via Interfolio at

Questions should be emailed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Kang Hoon Sung, Associate Professor, at [email protected]. Prospective applicants are also invited to attend an optional virtual open house on Friday, October 8, from 12-2 pm PT to learn more about the Communication Department and the position. For Zoom access, please email the search chair.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university 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 richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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