Tenure Track Faculty - Public Relations (519978)

  • CSU, Sacramento
  • Sacramento, California
  • Oct 13, 2022
Full Time Community Relations or PR and Marketing

Job Description


COLLEGE: Arts and Letters

DEPARTMENT: Communication Studies

POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty in Public Relations


Sacramento State serves the education needs of the fourth most diverse student population in the western United States. The Department is proud that its Public Relations majors mirror the diversity of Sacramento State’s student population.

The faculty of PR, Communication Studies, Journalism and Film is a diverse community of scholars and professionals, who are educated and experienced in a wide range of specialty areas and united by a common body of information related to the creation, application, and understanding of messages. The department’s goal is to provide quality instruction that assists students in becoming intellectually aware citizens who are ethical, competent communicators. Further, the department seeks to maintain and develop the body of scholarly knowledge that unites the field and reflects the society.

The Department of Communication Studies is committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual wiregard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, caste, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status.

A successful Sacramento State University faculty member promotes the values celebrated by a public, regional, comprehensive, metropolitan university. At Sacramento State, the quality of education we provide is our top priority. In addition to contributing positively to teaching and learning, faculty are expected to engage in scholarship and to provide service to the University and to the greater community. As an anchor university, Sacramento State aims to connect its students, faculty, and staff with the community, and achieve lasting solutions and improvements through inclusive civic engagement. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, as a Hispanic-serving and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific-Islander-serving institution located in the capital city of California. We believe all are enriched and unified by this diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people with the commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population and the greater Sacramento community.


This is a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning with the Fall 2023 semester.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience. The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated annual starting salary is $74,642.

  • Provide curricular leadership in the Public Relations program.
  • Teaching lower division, upper division, and graduate level courses in area of expertise, depending on the needs of the Department.
  • Engage in scholarly and creative activities.
  • Provide service to the Department, College, and University.
  • Provide service and/or outreach to the community and support the Anchor University initiative
  • Academic and career advising for major students.

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Mass Communication, or allied field with emphasis in Public Relations. ABD applicants will be considered. Doctoral degree must be completed by August 2023.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and abilities in both theory and practice of public relations. Applicants should demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to write strategically in various media platforms.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence at the university level.
  • Capability of conducting scholarly work in the public relations field.
  • Ability to work with diverse students and colleagues.
  • Ability to create inclusive classrooms.

The department reminds applicants that only the required qualifications must be met to apply.

  • Expertise in public relations writing, issue management/crisis communication, campaigns, or public relations theory and research is preferred.
  • Industry and professional experiences in public relations or related field.
  • Experience using inclusive, student-centered teaching strategies to advance equity and foster student success in the classroom.


The review of application starts on November 14, 2022, through the Sacramento State on-line application process. Application will be accepted until the position is filled.

Cover letter indicating the applicant’s interest in the position and the way in which the applicant meets the qualifications including a plan of research and creative activity you will engage at Sacramento State University (1,000 words maximum) Current curriculum vitae Evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., syllabi, teaching evaluations) Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1,000 words maximum) Evidence of creative activity and/or scholarly research (e.g., dissertation, conference paper, published articles) Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This statement should detail a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the candidate’s institution, within their discipline, and/or community and should include a description of anticipated contributions to Sacramento State’s DEI efforts. (1,000 words maximum) Name, telephone number, and email address for three academic/professional references who can comment on the candidate's professional preparation and experience. Unofficial transcripts from institutions granting post-secondary degrees to applicant (official copies will be requested upon hiring).
Additional documentation and letters of recommendation may be required at a later date.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact search committee chair, Dr. Kikuko Omori, at omori@csus.edu

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success , diversity, equity and inclusion , community engagement , philanthropy , and campus safety .

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code , Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/internal/your-hr/benefits/reasonable-accomodation.html .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit https://www.csus.edu/compliance/hr-compliance/mandatory-dhr-training.html .

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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ .

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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