Assistant Professor/Professional Lecturer in Public Relations
Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Internal Number: 493351
Assistant Professor/Professional Lecturer in Public Relations
School of Communications & The Arts
The School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College invites applications for an Assistant Professor (full-time, tenure track) or Professional Lecturer (full-time, non-tenure track, or term faculty) to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations. The successful applicant will join a communication department and a school characterized by a strong sense of collaboration and community in which students are the central focus and faculty are both accessible and approachable.
Qualified tenure-track candidates will hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in Communication or related fields, plus two years of professional experience in public relations.
Qualified term candidates will hold a Master’s degree, plus five years of professional experience in public relations.
Previous teaching experience and the ability to teach effectively.
Teach current and future public relations courses, including introduction to public relations, public relations writing tools, applied research and analytics, reputation and relationship management, and communication campaign management.
Teaching expectations may include special topics courses on visual storytelling and graphic design using Adobe Creative Suite, new media technology and AI, social media and influencer communication, crisis communication, media relations, event planning, government relations, employee relations, global public relations, DE&I in the PR industry, ethics and corporate social responsibility, and sports and entertainment public relations.
Commitment to incorporating Community-Based Learning and experiential learning opportunities into the classroom.
Conduct research and/or creative work in the candidate’s area of expertise, if tenure-track.
Engage in academic advising, assessment, and service to the institution and to the candidate’s academic discipline/profession.
Supervise student groups.
Collaborate with our Centers of Excellence and teach Summer Pre-college Programs as well as in our online Master’s program in Marketing Communication.
For tenure-track candidates, more than two years of professional experience in public relations.
For non-tenure-track candidates, more than five years of professional experience in public relations, and more than three years of teaching at the collegiate level with evidence of effective teaching.
Professional experience with visual storytelling and graphic design using Adobe Creative Suite, new media technology and AI, social media and influencer communication, crisis communication, media relations, event planning, government relations, employee relations, global public relations, DE&I, corporate social responsibility, and sports and entertainment public relations.
Required Application Documents:
Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2023. A cover letter and CV are required for the first round of review. Advancing candidates may be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness in the form of sample syllabi and assignments, a teaching statement, a diversity and inclusion statement, a writing sample, and/or a portfolio describing/showcasing professional public relations work.
About the Department/School:
The mission of the Marist College Communication program is to provide a high-quality professional education with a strong liberal arts foundation that will prepare students for careers in the ever-changing mass communication industry. The program is designed to encourage creativity, foster critical and analytical thinking and model practical, real-world experience in order to develop ethical communication innovators that courageously shape our world. The Communication Program features a comprehensive curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Students may choose from 5 concentrations — Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations and Sports Communication.
The Communication Department is housed in Marist’s School of Communication and the Arts, which prepares students for careers in communication, media, fashion & art practices, building valuable skills that complement a foundation in a liberal arts education. With nationally ranked programs and Centers of Excellence in Sports Communication and Social Media, we foster an inclusive and engaged community of industry experts and research faculty dedicated to student success. We aim to inspire students to become empathetic and ethically responsible professionals with an understanding of the values of community engagement, sustainability, and social responsibility. Marist’s location in the Hudson Valley offers a traditional college experience that is only a train ride away from the rich cultural and professional opportunities New York City has to offer, while our global campus in Florence, Italy gives students the opportunity to expand their world.
We have innovative, undergraduate academic programs in Art and Digital Media, Communication, Fashion, Film and Television, Games and Emerging Media, and Music as well as graduate programs and dual degree programs in Integrated Marketing Communication (online), and Museum Studies (Florence).
About Marist College:
Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #2 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit https://www.marist.edu/about
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Time as required for teaching.
Marist College Main Campus
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