Assistant Professor - Public Relations

Syracuse University

United States

December 31, 2022


Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 076050

Job Title Assistant Professor - Public Relations Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

As determined by department chair and senior associate dean

Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in Public Relations. The start date for this position is August 21, 2023.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise or interest in topic areas that complement one or more of the research and teaching specialization(s) in the department. This may include social media and public relations, social media analytics, public relations and diversity, public relations management, crisis communication, international public relations, and public relations ethics.

Compelling candidates will indicate aptitude and/or promise for exemplary teaching, whether through prior university teaching experience or similar professional roles mentoring/supervising young public relations practitioners, in the topics above. Courses that complement the individual's expertise or specialization would also be considered.

The successful candidates will need to show potential for conducting academic scholarship or industry-related creative activity/research that will position the hire as a well-known expert in the field. Participation in service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and Syracuse University is expected.


Master's degree. A Ph.D. degree in communication or a related field is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

Professional experience in public relations is highly desirable, as is demonstrated leadership through professional and academic work.


The ideal candidates should be able to integrate profession-based learning experiences into courses via field experiences or projects, teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, and engage in scholarly research/creative activity by maintaining an active research agenda in the candidate's area of expertise. These hires will be expected to contribute to service-related initiatives, including academic and career advising of students, school and university committee service, departmental curriculum development and assessment, and community/professional outreach.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service, and will be prepared to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. They will help advance Syracuse University's mission of preparing engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society – more about Syracuse's Vision and Mission can be found at https: // www.


Physical Requirements

“Not Applicable”


“Not Applicable”

Application Instructions

About the Public Relations Department at Newhouse

The Department offers the following degrees: A Bachelor of Science in Public Relations; a Master of Science in Public Relations; a Master of Science in Communications Management (executive); and a Master of Arts in Public Diplomacy and Global Communications (a joint degree with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).

Additionally, the Department houses the William P. Doescher Lab for Advertising and Public Relations and is home to the Real Chemistry/Newhouse Emerging Insights Lab and the PAN ePortfolio Portal, created in partnership with PAN Communications and Weiss Center for Social Commerce.

The Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at Syracuse University is an alpha chapter established in the mid-1960s with more than 200 members, and is home to Hill Communications, an award-winning, PRSSA-affiliated, student-run public relations agency.

The Department is also home to numerous award-winning students and faculty, including Fulbright scholars, PRSA Gold Key Award for Excellence in Academics winners, Bateman Competition honorable mention, Real Chemistry ambassadors, and the LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship winners.

To learn more about the Department, visit our website at:


Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest which includes three important areas:

1. Teaching – The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of education it provides and its ability to get students job-ready Day One. Please describe your teaching interests and philosophy of how students best learn.

2. Diversity and Inclusion – Please describe how your past experience has prepared you to contribute to the School's and the University's strategic commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.

3. Research/Creative Activity - The Newhouse School values both scholarly research and creative activity. Scholarship can include peer- reviewed journal articles, grant procurement, conference presentations and book development. Creative activity can include, as examples, industry trade or consumer media. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with priority consideration given to those received by November 17th. However, the department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled. Questions should be emailed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Moon Lee, Chair of PR department, at

In addition to the cover letter, applications should include : • resume/vitae, and • list of four academic or professional references with contact name, title, address, and email/phone information. • Options to include in your application are: – A sample of recent research (e.g.) journal article, book chapter(s), etc. - Evidence of effective teaching such as teaching evaluations.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with priority consideration given to those received by November 17th. The Department will continue to consider applications after that date. This position is open until filled.

The Newhouse School encourages candidates to apply who will help us broaden the diversity of our faculty. Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Employment Opportunity Employer and has a long history of engaging veterans and the military- connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment program.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military- connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University's contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi- cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link https: // www. Job Posting Date 10/22/2021 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 12/31/2022 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference List
  • Optional Documents

  • Other Document
  • Writing Sample
  • Writing Sample URL (if larger than 5MB)
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you first find out about this position?
  • (Syracuse University Online Employment website)
  • Syracuse University HR Recruiter
  • Virtual Career Fair (via NYS Department of Labor)
  • SUNY EOC (Equal Opportunity Center)
  • Women's Opportunity Center
  • Jubilee Homes
  • Syracuse Northeast Community Center
  • Interfaith Works
  • JobPlus
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • HERC (HERC Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)
  • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education website)
  • LinkedIn Job Posting
  • Facebook
  • Job Fair
  • Search Firm
  • Referred by an SU Employee
  • Other
  • If "other", please describe how you first found out about this position.
  • (Open Ended Question)