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Assistant Professor - Advertising and Public Relations (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Apply now Job no: 492942
Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Required Qualifications and Education: Applicants without a Ph.D. in Advertising, Public Relations, Communications, or a related field must possess a master’s degree in Advertising, Public Relations, Communications, or a related field and provide evidence of extensive relevant professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: A doctoral degree in Advertising, Public Relations, Communications or a related field is preferred, as is demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level and professional practice. In addition to these qualifications, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate active involvement in professional and/or academic associations.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: Faculty members in the School of Communications at GVSU teach a 3/3 load, advise students, engage in a reasonable amount of scholarly and/or creative work, and provide service to the Advertising and Public Relations program, the School of Communications and the university by working on committees or taking on other administrative duties. The successful candidate will teach courses in advertising and/or public relations, with particular need for someone to teach research, fundamentals, technology, and/or writing.

Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

College/School/Program: The GVSU School of Communications ( and the Advertising and Public Relations program (www.gvsu,edu/soc/apr) place a premium on commitment to the integration of liberal and professional education. The School, located in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers a core of courses in communications, after which students select a major in Advertising/Public Relations, Communication Studies, Health Communication, or Multimedia Journalism. The School also offers a Masters in Communication. The Advertising and Public Relations program is an integrated program in which students take a 4-course emphasis in Advertising or Public Relations. The program has roughly 700 students, including 500 majors and 200 minors. Class sizes rarely exceed 30 students.

Campus: Grand Valley State University offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 25,000 students. The university is located in West Michigan, with access to the urban amenities of the metropolitan Grand Rapids area as well as the scenic environment of the Lake Michigan shoreline. There are ample opportunities to engage the professional community and enjoy a positive quality of life.

How To Apply:  Apply online (search under Communications-Advertising and Public Relations) with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, examples of recent scholarly and/or professional work, teaching evaluations (if available), statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of at least three references.

Application Deadline Date:  Review of candidates will begin November 1, 2018 and all application materials must be received no later than November 9, 2018. Interviews will be conducted in early 2019 for a position to start August 6, 2019.

Grand Valley State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for racial and ethnic minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. University policy extends protections to additional identities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777. 

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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