Utah State University

Assistant Professor of Public Relations

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(3/6/2020 11:49 AM)
Requisition ID
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
College of Humanities & Social Sci
Journalism & Communication
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University’s main campus in Logan invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Public Relations who will be excited to join a growing department. This is a nine-month tenure-track position with an initial start date of August 1, 2021.


  • Teach public relations courses and other courses in the department (teaching load: 3 courses in the fall, 3 courses in the spring)
  • Conduct and publish scholarly research on topics related to public relations and other areas of expertise
  • Advise and mentor students
  • Serve on departmental committees and perform other departmental, college, and university service as needed


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. to be completed before August 1, 2021, in Mass Communication, Strategic Communication, Public Relations, Social Media, or a closely related discipline from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated ability to teach public relations courses in areas such as writing, research, campaigns and client management, and social media
  • Demonstrated expertise and professional experience in public relations
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish scholarly research
  • Interest in assisting with the continued growth of the public relations area of emphasis
  • Willingness and ability to mentor undergraduate students

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach other courses in the department, particularly in the area of social media
  • Interest in and commitment to developing a funded research program
  • Interest in developing interdisciplinary professional, teaching, research, and other academic collaborations

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1) CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in your profile under “Resume/CV”

2) At least three recent academic and/or professional references to be submitted at the beginning of your application in your profile 

3) Sample syllabus for a public relations course the applicant has taught or is prepared to teach to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in your profile under "Documents 1-5"
4) Samples of the applicant’s professional client-based work in public relations to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in your profile under "Documents 1-5"

5) Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under "Cover letter"

6) Statement of teaching philosophy and/or goals to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under "Teaching Philosophy"


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**


Other Required Document Types/Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Review of applications will begin September 18, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled
  • The Department of Journalism and Communication will have representatives at the AEJMC Job Hub in San Francisco in August
  • For more information, contact Dr. Debra Monson, committee chair, at debra.jenson@usu.edu or 801/710-9155

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has played an instrumental role teaching independent thinking and discovery at Utah State University since 1888. Students in the college confront the great questions and controversies, learn about the forces that have shaped our world, and develop skills to tackle its most pressing challenges. Our graduates are creative problem-solvers with a passion for making a difference. The education they receive prepares them to address the problems of today and to succeed wherever their career path takes them tomorrow (https://chass.usu.edu).


The Department of Journalism and Communication (http://journalism.usu.edu) is a professional mass communication program incorporating journalism (multimedia, web, broadcast, print), public relations, and social media. The department has eight full-time faculty and about 225 undergraduate student majors. The department produces an award-winning local news show (A-TV News), sponsors an active Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, and supports a student-initiated, student-run magazine (Aggie BluePrint).

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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