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Assistant Professor of Public Relations (Tenure Track)

Apply now Job no: 495496
Full time/Part time: Full-time
Location: South Orange
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Communication and the Arts within the emerging College of Human Development, Culture, and Media at Seton Hall University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a scholar of Communication with a specialty in Public Relations who will teach across our undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) Communication programs.

The successful candidate will have an active research agenda in Communication, specifically Public Relations, and ideally in relation to Crisis Communication, Strategic Communication, Organizational Communication, and/or Business Communication.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In addition, competitive candidates should have experience teaching in person, online, and hybrid courses in one or more of the following areas: Public Relations; Crisis Communication; or Business Communication. We are very interested in candidates who can help develop curriculum and design new courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will also contribute to graduate education, including thesis/master’s project mentorship.

The new faculty member will advise students and be an active service member in the College and University. They will support and contribute to the College’s culture of diversity, equity and inclusivity and participate in an interdisciplinary community dedicated to creative collaboration.

This position entails a 18-credit teaching requirement during the Fall and Spring semesters, commensurate with Department needs, and is expected to begin in August 2023.

Responsibilities include teaching courses in both the Communication major and the Communication graduate program; conducting impactful research and publishing scholarly work related to Communication; advising students; and contributing to program development and coordination. Faculty are also expected to be active members of the College and the broader University community. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to:

*Engage in visionary program building, including a keen focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as the identification and implementation of courses and programs in related interdisciplinary areas, particularly Education and Human Services;
*Teach regularly across the B.A. in Communication curriculum in existing undergraduate classes such as, but not limited to: Writing for the Media; PR Research, Data and Insights; Intro to PR; Crisis Communication; Public and Presentational Communication; and Senior Seminar;
*Teach regularly across the M.A. in Communication curriculum in existing graduate classes such as but not limited to: Theory and Principles of PR; Reputation Management; Communication Research Methods (qualitative); and Master’s Thesis;
*Maintain ties to the professional community (e.g., Public Relations Society of America, accrediting bodies, etc.);
*Lead co-curricular activities, which may include the Public Relations Student Society of America, Bateman Case Study Competition team, Litore Agency, Points of PRide, or Lambda Pi Eta;
*Participate actively in academic advisement, high-impact student learning activities, student mentoring, and other co- and extracurricular engagement activities;
*Commit to innovative recruitment and retention initiatives of both students and adjunct instructors;
*Create new courses on topics related to the candidate’s area of expertise; and
*Commit to collaboration in growing a new, interdisciplinary college.

About the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media and Seton Hall University:

Launching in Fall 2023, the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media will bring together programs in education; human services; digital and visual media and design; the performing arts; arts and society; and communication. The College is envisioned to deliver strong disciplinary preparation and explore new areas to prepare students to excel in the fields of education, human services, communication and the arts and more.

Nested within the new College, the establishment of the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts, as well as the School of Education and Human Services, will provide foundations to enhance existing strengths and missions, while sharing resources and unifying the faculty across both areas in the exploration, development, and implementation of significant programmatic creation, modification, evaluation, and expansion. Organizationally, both Schools will complement the overarching College unit, and are poised to offer increased specification and tremendous opportunity.

In addition, the faculty of the Department of Communication and the Arts pledges unwavering solidarity with our administrators, staff, alumni, students, families, and all our neighboring communities, in speaking and standing firmly against racism. As educators for Newark’s diocesan Catholic university, it is our moral duty to advance social justice, champion diversity, and work toward an anti-racist future, free of violence and oppression. We commit to addressing systemic inequality and strife by engaging students, colleagues, and the University community through active collaboration to improve diversity and inclusion across courses, programs, and the College.

Seton Hall University is located in South Orange, New Jersey, just 14 miles from New York City. It is the oldest Catholic diocesan institution of higher education in the United States, and the Carnegie Foundation classifies it as a doctoral university. It is home to approximately 6,300 undergraduate and 4,700 graduate students from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. An exciting and culturally diverse community, Seton Hall pursues academic excellence and ethical development in a collaborative environment, and prepares its students to be servant leaders in their professional and community lives.

Required Qualifications:

*Ph.D. in Communication/Communication Studies, Media Studies, Journalism, or a related field (degree completion is required by August 2023) with a specialty in Public Relations; and
*Evidence that the candidate will be able to develop a successful publication record appropriate for an R2 institution.

Desired Qualifications:

*One or more year(s) of successful college teaching experience

Salary Grade:

FA01 - Faculty



Physical Demands:

General Office Environment

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications should include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; names and emails of three references; and transcript(s) indicating receipt of all degrees.

All semi-finalists will be asked to submit teaching philosophy; evidence of excellent teaching; and evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Semi-finalists will be invited to a virtual interview. Finalists will be invited to a full-day campus interview at our South Orange, NJ, campus.

The committee’s review of applications will begin immediately. All candidates who submit completed applications by the end of Monday, February 20, 2023, will receive full consideration.

Direct any questions about the position to the search committee chair, Dr. James J. Kimble, via email:

Seton Hall University is committed to programs of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the principles of affirmative action.

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