Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Tenure System

Department of Advertising and Public Relations

College of Communication Arts & Sciences

Michigan State University

Position Summary

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University invites applicants for a multi-position thematic hire with a focus on race, ethnicity, gender, and/or social inequality. We seek scholars whose research, teaching, outreach and/or service seek to address systemic inequities and who will advance the College's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The goal of the thematic hire is to grow our collaborative network of scholars focused on communication and disparities across a broad range of subdisciplines, bringing together new hires and existing faculty experts. Successful candidates will be part of a community of scholars and practitioners working to enhance social justice through research in the fields of advertising, public relations, communication, journalism studies, information science, game studies, and communicative sciences and disorders. The hiring initiative will bring in five new faculty over two years.

One open rank tenure stream faculty position will be in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Advertising and/or Public Relations or related field

Minimum Requirements

Qualified applicants should:
  • have a Ph.D. in Advertising and/or Public Relations or a related field.
  • demonstrate solid expertise and an active research program in one or more well-defined epistemological approach to studying advertising and/or public relations, including, but not limited to, empiricism/positivism, pragmatism, realism, and interpretivism.
  • demonstrate ability to teach core and elective courses in our undergraduate majors (B.S. in Advertising Management, B.A. in Advertising Creative, and B.A. in Public Relations) and graduate programs (MA in Advertising and Public Relations; Information and Media Ph.D. Program).
  • show evidence of or potential for acquiring external grant funding.
  • have a commitment to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • We are particularly interested in scholars who bring diversity of thought, perspectives, and approaches to understanding the role of advertising and public relations in furthering social justice and DEI using one or more epistemological approach.
  • Of special interest is research on DEI issues in relation to digital advertising and/or public relations, including, but not limited to, social media advertising, digital analytics, and artificial intelligence.
  • We also welcome applicants who investigate the impact of sociocultural, historical, and political influences as they relate to stereotypic portrayals of historically minoritized and marginalized groups at the psychological, social, and cultural levels.
  • The optimal candidate should be able to teach courses at the intersection of advertising and public relations as they relate to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • National/international reputation or potential and industry experience in advertising, public relations, or a related field are also valued.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit electronically (1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, (2) a vita, (3) DEI statement that addresses the candidate's philosophy and/or contributions to DEI in research, teaching, and/or service, and (4) the names and contact information of three references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

To apply, please refer to Posting #747273 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Saleem Alhabash ( The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants January 15, 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled.

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Department Statement

The Michigan State University Department of Advertising and Public Relations is a leader in education, research, and outreach. For more than 60 years, the department has set the global pace in research excellence and achievement while also maintaining an award-winning undergraduate program. These remain the department's core values. The Department is comprised of tenure-stream and fixed-term (professors of practice) faculty who continue to re-envision the worlds of advertising research, education, and practice. Our faculty have a diverse set of research and teaching interests, including digital strategy; health, science, and the environment; social impact; political communication; advertising and media psychology; and analytics, among others. The Department is home to over 1,300 undergraduate students in three majors (B.S. in Advertising Management, B.A. in Advertising Creative, and B.A. in Public Relations), 20 MA in Advertising and Public Relations students, and 20 doctoral students, part of the joint Ph.D. program in Information and Media. The Department has recently launched a student-led and run advertising agency, 42pointSeven. Additionally, the Department has been putting its core value and commitment to DEI through the creation of specialized courses on DEI and launching a dedicated pipeline program for students interested in advertising and public relations from historically minoritized and marginalized groups.

The Department is housed in MSU's world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Established in 1955, as the first of its kind in the country, "ComArtSci" is now one of the largest and most respected colleges of Communication in the world. The College of Communication Arts and Sciences combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and to influence the professional practice of communication globally.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integral to our practice as communicators, storytellers, and innovators. We believe it is our responsibility to foster an open and welcoming environment that aspires to attract, recruit, and sustain diverse students, faculty, and staff. Diversity is among the main drivers of institutional excellence, and we are proud to embrace and promote broad communities of knowledge, backgrounds, and experiences. Our efforts to advance DEI are guided by a shared vision grounded in a culture of caring, belonging, transparency, and accountability. In alignment with the University's DEI plan, we commit to actively challenge, disrupt, and dismantle systems that reinforce and/or maintain historical and contemporary social inequalities and inequities. We are dedicated to ongoing dialogue to strengthen our commitment to social justice, advocacy, and activism. We strive to be DEI thought leaders who inspire, influence, and cultivate progress in our College and throughout the MSU community.

MSU is one of the nation's largest and greenest campuses and is in?East Lansing, a college town just three miles from Michigan's capital, Lansing. Michigan, the Great Lakes State, offers countless things to do, see and experience - from art galleries, concerts and restaurants to gardens, parks, and trails. You needn't venture far to discover sandy beaches or metropolitan life. Michigan State is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. We actively encourage applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Michigan State University was the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862 and was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to teach scientific agriculture. The university has more than 49,000 students-of whom nearly 9,000 are undergraduate students of color-in 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study, including more than 275 study abroad programs. The university is home to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $730 million facility that will advance understanding of the cosmos.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
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