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Professor of Practice

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 073477
Job Title Professor of Practice
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience
FLSA Status Exempt

As determined by department chair

Job Type Full-time
Rank Professor of Practice
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Public Relations Department at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is seeking to fill a full-time Professor-of-Practice (PoP) position beginning August 20, 2018. The primary contribution of a PoP is teaching. We are seeking to add a practitioner with extensive professional experience in Public Relations from the agency, corporate, not-for-profit or government sectors. The Department is looking for candidates with significant experience and leadership in Public Relations; experience in digital communication, analytics, and/or social media is preferred.

Public Relations professionals with a strong passion for teaching and significant experience in Public Relations are encouraged to apply. Previous teaching experience, e.g. training, course instruction and professional seminars, is preferred. The position entails a variety of service duties, including: academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students; advising and supporting the Ehling Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and its student-run agency Hill Communications; department, school and university committee service; curriculum development; and community/industry outreach. The Professor-of-Practice has a specific obligation to build and maintain successful connections with Public Relations professionals and organizations.

The Public Relations Department at Newhouse is one of the oldest in the country and one of the few to offer PR education on all levels: undergraduate (BS, Public Relations); master’s (MS, Public Relations); Ph.D. (PR emphasis); and, since 1995, Executive Education to mid-career executives (an interdisciplinary MS in Communications Management) in a limited residency/distance learning format. In 2006, the department created a dual master’s degree in Public Diplomacy (degrees in both PR and International Relations). In 2015, the School launched the public relations specialization of the online Communications@Syracuse master’s program.

Current faculty in the department have professional experience in corporate, agency, not-for-profit and academic sectors and research interests include crisis communication, ethics, gender and diversity, reputation and relationship management, digital communication and public diplomacy. They hold positions of leadership in professional and academic organizations and are award-winning teachers and researchers.

The Public Relations Department is consistently ranked as a top program by PRWeek and holds a PRSA Certification in Education for Public Relations for its undergraduate and master’s programs. In keeping with Syracuse University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility, the Department and the Newhouse School prides itself on ensuring that its graduates are well versed in engaging with multiple diverse audiences.

Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication is home to approximately 1,900 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. The School is housed in a 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex that includes state- of-the-art classrooms, a 300-seat auditorium, a research center, an executive education wing, a café, many spaces for formal and informal meetings and collaboration among students, faculty and staff. A recent $18 million renovation of Newhouse 2 includes the Studio and Innovation Center. This center encompasses a high-tech production environment that rivals many Hollywood studios, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends and a top-of-the-line digital news center. This space provides the school with a cutting-edge media facility that gives students the best possible preparation for careers in the communications industry. The School also has a dedicated Public Relations/Advertising lab and impressive Executive Education classrooms.

Beyond this, our school continues its tradition of attracting the best and brightest. This year’s incoming freshmen earned an average 3.8 GPA. To learn more about the school and our program, please visit our web sites at and


Master’s degree is required.

Job Specific Qualifications

APR designation is preferred, as is membership with a professional association, such as the Public Relations Society of America. An interest in and ability to discuss and teach public relations from a diverse domestic and international perspective is expected. A capability of forging innovative instructional designs including digital media is desirable.


Teaching responsibilities will include Public Relations writing courses with an emphasis in digital communication, Principles of Public Relations, Public Relations Management, and Ethics courses that complement the individual’s expertise or specialization (three courses each semester, fall and spring). These courses may be at the undergraduate or graduate level in our traditional residential programs. Depending upon qualifications, this professor may also have the opportunity to teach in the School’s Executive Education Program in Communications Management and in the public relations specialization of the online Communications@Syracuse program.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

For full consideration please complete an online brief faculty application and attach the following documents:

Cover letter, C.V, and a list of four references with names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 09/21/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 11/01/2017
Job Category Faculty
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
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