Assistant Professor, Public Relations

Posting Date: October 25, 2018

Closing Date: Open until filled

The Department of Communication at William Paterson University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in Public Relations to begin September 1, 2019.

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Teaching classes in Public Relations including: public relations writing, case studies, campaigns, digital and social media communication and other courses in the core curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Opportunities exist for new course development and special topics offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active peer-reviewed creative and/or research agenda; participate in the life of the university contributing to curriculum development; serve on committees; advise students; and attend University and College functions.


  • The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree in Communication or related discipline with professional experience in public relations and/or marketing (ABD candidates will be considered but the Ph.D. must be obtained by March 1 in the year following appointment in order to be renewed in the position.)
  • Current ties to the professional community to support classroom activities, student career development, internships and cooperative opportunities are viewed favorably.
  • Evidence of communication and/or public relations-related scholarship and/or a track record of professional publishing activity is required.


Preferred qualifications:

A minimum of two years of teaching experience at the college level preferred.


Invitation to apply:     

Please click to apply for the position.


Interested candidates will be prompted to:

Complete an application

Submit a cover letter and resume

Provide names/contacts of three professional references


Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.


       Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.

Please email should you have any general questions related to this search.

The Clery Act (The Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the University Police Department website at the Clery Act page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the University Police Department upon request.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.