Adjunct Professor

  • San Jose State University
  • San José State University, Washington Sq, San Jose, CA, United States
  • Jan 25, 2019
Part time Advertising and Public Relations Arts, Entertainment & Media Media-Journalism

Job Description

Specialization: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Mass Communications

Rank: Adjunct Professor, Renewable Contract, Pending Budget

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is conducting a search for adjunct lecturer(s) in the fields of advertising, journalism, public relations and mass communications for the fall 2019 semester, with possible extension to spring 2020 and beyond.  Next fall, the School will be debuting an updated curriculum for all of its disciplines with specific growth in the fields of Marketing Communications (MarCom), news documentary, science and technology journalism, human rights and social justice reporting, sports journalism and emerging media technologies.  Those with significant magazine experience are also welcome to apply to oversee our student magazine productions. The School hopes to fill its various programs with experienced media professionals looking to inform the next generation of practitioners.



Your role as an adjunct faculty member will be to:

  • Teach 1-3 undergraduate courses within the fields of journalism, advertising, public relations

or mass communications.

  • Work with faculty and staff to improve course curriculum.
  • Should have a strong command of hardware and software in applicable lab courses.
  • Facilitate partnerships with corporate contacts to maintain integrity of course assignments.
  • Assistance in preparing students for internships and jobs in their related fields.
  • Be available to teach at least one to two days a week between 9:00 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.

For more information about our programs and the courses we offer, please visit our department website at:


Classroom Teaching level3, Journalism, University


Preferred: Master’s degree in Advertising, Design, Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, or related field, OR a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Design, Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, or related field, AND significant professional experience directly related to the teaching assignment.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 19, 2019

Instructions for Applicants: Review of applications will begin (Feb. 1, 2019) and will continue until the course assignments are filled.  Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and List of References.  Please send application materials and direct all questions to Dr. Phylis Johnson ( Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, San José State University.  Preference will be given to those applicants from the Bay Area.


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