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F0375- Assistant Professor- Mass Communications & Journalism (Public Relations)

Published 2024-06-05

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Norfolk State University (NSU), a historically black university invites, candidates for the nine-month, full-time, tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Mass Communications &Journalism (Public Relations), for its ACEJMC-accredited Department of Mass Communications and Journalism. The position is expected to begin in August 2024, review of applications will begin November 10, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

The department currently offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a track in general broadcasting and journalism and houses the Master of Arts in Media and Communication graduate program. The department has active NBS-AERho and PRSSA Chapters and supports the campus newspaper, The Spartan Echo, WNSB-FM, and CCTV WNSU-TV. The university is located in a top-fifty media market.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in introduction to media public relations, social media, and other PR-related courses.
  • Engage in exemplary teaching, effective student advising, and opportunities to conduct research and grantsmanship.
  • Contribute to scholarly endeavors and stay abreast of scholarship and new trends in the field.
  • Regularly attend and participate in departmental, college, and university-required meetings and events.
  • Collegially engage with faculty and staff and adhere to deadlines.

  • Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Mass Communications or related disciplines.
  • Teaching experience in public relations, journalism or mass media courses.
  • Research experience in public relations or related topics.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional media experience relevant to the position.
  • Demonstrated skill in distance learning via online modalities.
  • A record of professional integrity, collegiality, and commitment to diversity.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for all students regardless of background.


    Norfolk State University Norfolk State University is a comprehensive urban public, doctoral granting institution committed to transforming students’ lives through exemplary teaching, research, and service. The University is a top-ranked Historically Black College and University
    (HBCU) with nationally recognized STEM programs and enrolls 6,000 students in over thirty undergraduate and nineteen online & in-person graduate programs. Norfolk State University garners over $20M in annual grant expenditures, has as an NCAADivision | athletic program with fifteen sports, boasts eleven MEAC conference championships in the last three years, and a coveted marching band invitation for participation in the 2023 Rose Parade.


    The home of the largest Naval Base in the world, Norfolk is 1of the 7 cities that make up what is referred to as the Hampton Roads Region, an area that includes Virginia Beach and Colonial Williamsburg. Norfolk has big city amenities and attractions of arts and culture, and cuisines of the Eastern Seaboard. There are numerous and accessible parks, riverfronts, lakes, festivals, and beaches: all favorable for weekend getaways and an easy commute to NSU.

    Special Instructions

    You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

    Include the following:

  • Complete the Commonwealth of Virginia State Application.
  • A cover letter addressing each of the minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A diversity statement that reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion and details experience working in diversity initiatives and/or with students from underrepresented groups.
  • Transcripts of highest degree conferred (unofficial transcripts accepted, official transcripts are required of finalists).


    NSU is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons and applicants, without regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, genetic information, race, religion, sexual orientation, sex (including pregnancy) or veteran status. NSU encourages and invites minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

    Norfolk State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for all students regardless of background. Candidates must include a diversity statement that reflects their commitment to diversity that reflects their commitment to diversity and inclusion and details their experience working with diversity initiatives and/or with students from underrepresented groups.

    Application and/or résumé for this position must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Job Board/Recruitment Management System (RMS). Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered applications and/or résumés will not be accepted. Applicants who possess an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) or a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under the Department of Human Resources Management (DHRM) Policy 1.30 Layoff (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only), must attach these forms when submitting their state application and/or résumé. The decision to interview an applicant is based solely on the information received for this position from either the electronic application and/or résumé. RMS provides a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS account to check the status of your application for this position.

    Norfolk State University conducts background checks on all candidates identified as a finalist for employment consideration. The type of background check(s) performed are dependent upon the type of position for which you have been identified as a finalist and may include criminal history, including sexual offender registry checks, reference checks, degree validation, DMV (driving) records, license verification, and credit report reviews. The results of background checks are made available to university employing officials. As a finalist, you will be required to sign an Authorization to Release form. Norfolk State University utilizes Form I-9 and E-Verify in the verification of eligibility for employment. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

    Contact Information

    Name: Human Resources

    Phone: 7578238160

    Email: Emailed material is not accepted.

    In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability.

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