Professor of Practice - Public Relations

Syracuse University
  • Location
    Syracuse, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 05

Position 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) beginning in Fall 2020. A PoP has two principal responsibilities: teaching, and keeping the department and School current on industry practices and innovation.

We are seeking a practitioner with extensive professional experience and leadership in Public Relations, primarily from agency and corporate sectors. A Professor-of-Practice has a specific obligation to maintain successful connections and build new ones with Public Relations professionals and organizations. A Professor-of-Practice must have experience researching, writing, and developing annual industry reports such as the state of social media or the state of digital communications. Proficiency with social media, digital communications and analytics is preferred.

About the Public Relations Department at Newhouse

The Public Relations program at Newhouse is one of the oldest in the country and one of the few to offer PR education on all levels. Programs include: 
• undergraduate (BS, Public Relations); 
• master’s (MS, Public Relations); 
• Ph.D. (PR emphasis); 
• executive education to mid-career executives through an interdisciplinary MS in Communications Management in a limited residency/distance learning format;
• a public relations specialization in the online [email protected] master’s program; and
• dual master’s degrees focused on public diplomacy (degrees in both PR and International Relations).

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.

About the Newhouse School of Public Communications

Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduate, 200 residential grad, 200 online grad and 15 doctoral 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 and 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 entertainment 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.

Beyond this, our school continues its tradition of attracting the best and brightest.
Students are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. This year’s incoming freshmen earned an average 3.8 GPA.

To learn more about our program, please visit our web sites at, and


Master’s degree is required.

Job Specific Qualifications

Previous teaching, e.g. training, course instruction and professional seminars, is preferred. The ability to teach public relations from a diverse domestic and international perspective is expected. The department values teachers who integrate digital media and technology into their presentations.

An APR designation preferred and at least five years’ experience in public relations. Public Relations professionals with a strong passion for teaching and significant experience in Public Relations are encouraged to apply.

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