Biola University

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Relations
Media, Journalism and Public Relations Department

Position Summary:
The Media, Journalism and Public Relations department at Biola University seeks a tenure-track assistant/associate professor in public relations to join a growing, nationally recognized program that emphasizes experiential learning, digital media expertise and rigorous professional preparation. The public relations program has grown rapidly over the four years since its launch and now provides five concentration options for students, an award-winning student Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, a student-run firm, and an honors society.

Preferred Skills/Expertise:
The successful candidate will teach undergraduate public relations courses such as introduction to public relations, media relations, advanced campaign design & analysis, principles of advertising, crisis public relations, event design and seminar courses. The applicant should be willing to develop and maintain contacts with public relations professionals sufficient to support student work in community engagement, internships, and independent projects. Additional areas of responsibility will include serving as an academic adviser and being the faculty adviser to the nationally affiliated student-run firm, 6th Street. The normal teaching load is 4:4 (12 hours per semester). Faculty have the additional option of teaching over the summer.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. (ABD will be considered) in public relations or a related field, combined with professional experience. Non-terminal degrees will be considered with significant public relations experiences. Strong candidates will also have a demonstrated focus on scholarship and a track record of successful teaching. APR preferred. The position is to begin August 2018.

Department and University Overview:
We are looking for an individual who cares about students’ development not just as scholars and pre-professionals, but as people who own their faith in Christ in a globalizing marketplace. The candidate must show a passion for helping students prepare for living out that faith and, by diligent professionalism, earning the respect of peers in rapidly changing multicultural media careers. The candidate will also need to hold personal theological beliefs that are in agreement with the Biola Doctrinal Statement, and maintains a lifestyle consistent with the Biola Standard of Conduct. The ideal candidate will have experience with, or a compassion for, marginalized ethnic groups in the U.S. and other countries. Bilingual and cross-cultural media experience are desired in the candidate.

Biola is committed to diversity and seeks faculty who can contribute to multicultural understandings. Candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to work effectively with diverse populations, female and male students and colleagues, and integrate multicultural content and issues into their teaching.

Application Procedure:

Please go to www.biola.edu/employment to create and submit your application, as well as to submit the following materials:

  • Application letter showing fit with the job, the university mission and the department’s goals
  • Current CV
  • Statement describing your Christian faith and its integration with your work
  • Statement concerning teaching philosophy
  • Samples of published research (if available)
  • Sample Syllabi you’ve written and used in recent teaching

About Kysh Brown