Instructor of Public Relations

University of Colorado Boulder


Job Summary

The College of Media, Communications and Information encourages applications for an Instructor in Public Relations. This full-time faculty position within the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (APRD) will teach three courses per semester and support the ongoing development of our public relations curriculum. This position also requires a service obligation to the department or college that the successful candidate for this position will determine in consultation with the department chair of APRD. The successful candidate is also expected to help the department maintain relationships with the public relations industry and generating opportunities for students to meet professionals. This is a three-year position, with the potential for renewal, with a start date of Fall 2023.

We are looking for a visionary instructor who can help us to continue to build our national reputation for our public relations program - a highly popular track in our Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication. The program includes courses in public relations strategy and implementation, international public relations, crisis communication, public relations case studies, digital storytelling, strategic communication writing, and our capstone campaigns course, among others.
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.

Who We Are

Established in 2015, the University of Colorado Boulder College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) 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.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $70,000 - $75,000 annually, plus benefits.


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.

Be Statements

Be effective. Be visionary. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Experience teaching public relations courses at the university level, including proven quality of teaching and curricular vision.
  • At least five years' experience in the public relations industry developing communications strategies for nationally or internationally recognized organizations.
  • Experience working with senior management. An MBA or master’s degree in public relations, strategic communications or an allied field (e.g., Journalism, Marketing, Public Administration, English, etc.).
  • Experience with inclusive pedagogies and the mentoring of a diverse range of undergraduate students.

Special Instructions

For full consideration, please apply by April 28, 2023. However, the review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current curriculum vitae. 
  2. A cover letter that that makes a case for why the candidate is a good fit for the position. 
  3. During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three (3) references. We may request letters of recommendation at a later time. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
  4. Diversity and Inclusion Statement (1-2 pages; uploaded in PDF format). Outline your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom and wider educational settings, and how your professional practice exemplifies this commitment. 
  5. Optional: Evidence of Teaching Success, uploaded in PDF format. (Examples of evidence of teaching success might include teaching awards, unique teaching initiatives, peer reviews of teaching or teaching evaluations.)
For more information, email Professor Burton St. John, search chair, at
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Burton St. John

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