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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Design (APRD) in the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) invites applications for a full Professor to serve as Department Chair. We seek an individual with leadership and strategic vision to grow our vibrant young department and advance our commitment to building an academic community rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. The successful candidate must possess the requisite personal qualities and management experience to inspire and support inclusive excellence across the departmental community. In particular, the Chair would be responsible for administering the department, including: supporting faculty scholarship; assigning teaching and service responsibilities; planning and implementing budgetary decisions; leading all aspects of personnel matters, including hiring, performance assessment, and professional development of faculty and staff; facilitating department decision-making regarding policies, procedures, and practices; building strategic partnerships with businesses and professionals; fundraising; representing the unit to the Dean and other university administrators; and serving as a valuable member of the college’s interdisciplinary leadership team. 

Who We Are

APRD is focused on innovation, interdisciplinary research, and creativity. Our department has built on our nationally respected creative advertising program to include newer emphases in public relations, and media design; and it grants BS, MS, MA, and PhD degrees. Our team of full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty bring a unique mix of academic expertise and professional experience to our department. We are committed to excellence in research, creative work, and the education of reflective practitioners. The Department is housed in the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI).

Established in 2015, the College of Media, Communication and Information is at the forefront of the revolution in communication and digital technology. CMCI prides itself on offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and creativity. Our students and faculty from six departments and an independent PhD program think across boundaries, innovate around emerging problems and create culture that transcends convention.

CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome applications from minoritized racial and ethnic identities, ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of marginalization.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to building a diverse workforce. CU Boulder Benefits include domestic partners and health insurance coverage for hormone replacement therapy. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

Boulder lies on the northwest edge of the Denver metropolitan area and often appears on lists of the best college towns and best places to live in the nation. The area has several vibrant public relations, advertising, ad tech, and digital marketing agencies. It sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and enjoys 300 days of sun each year. Hiking trails and bicycle paths abound, and there are numerous world-class ski resorts within two hours of town. There is an excellent public transportation system (free to CU employees) with frequent express buses to downtown Denver, which is less than 25 miles from campus. The area is a major media market with a nationally acclaimed food scene, lively music venues of many stripes, professional sports teams, and year-round art and culture festivals. Its international airport has direct flights around the country and abroad. 


What You Should Know

This position will begin August 17, 2020. 

What We Can Offer

Salary is nationally competitive. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • PhD in advertising, public relations, media design, mass communication, or allied fields of study
  • Three or more years of academic administrative experience

What You Will Need

  • A record of research, teaching, and service that meets the standards expected for appointment as a full professor at a U.S. Research I doctoral university
  • An understanding of APRD-related industries and dedication to fostering connections with them that support undergraduate and graduate students; relevant professional experience is desirable
  • Success in cultivating an environment of inclusivity and mentoring or working with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and alumni

Special Instructions

The following application materials are to be submitted online:

1. Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2. Cover Letter

3. PDF sample of research (two articles) uploaded as one document 

4. PDF sample of research (two book chapters) uploaded as one document 

5. Evidence of success in administration and teaching uploaded as one document

The position will begin August 17, 2020. For full consideration, please apply by December 6, 2019. The search will continue until the position is filled.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

All job related inquiries should be directed to either Professor Peter Simonson, Search Chair at; or Professor Seow-Ting Lee at 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs. If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact Boulder Campus Human Resources at Recruiting@Colorado.Edu. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Pete Simonson

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.