Communications/Journalism (22/23 AH 09)

  • California State University (CSU) Bakersfield
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Community Relations or PR and Marketing Information Technology and Communication Services

Job Description

Position: Assistant Professor of Communications (Mass)

Type: Tenure Track
Academic Year: 2022/2023
Available: August 2022

Location: Department of Communications
School of Arts and Humanities
California State University, Bakersfield
9000 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Contact: Dr. Md Abu Naser, Search and Screening Committee Chair
Tel: (661) 654-2569

Deadline: Review begins on January 17, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

University Background: California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), founded in 1970, is a regional, comprehensive university serving the southern San Joaquin Valley of California. CSUB's service area covers nearly 25,000 square miles and is home to a socially and ethnically diverse population of over 11,000 students. CSUB is the only four-year degree-granting institution within a 100-mile radius. Due to this, CSUB has a vital role in educational obtainment, economic development, and quality of life within the region. The accolades CSUB has received include Washington Monthly's #2 Best Bang for the Buck for Western Colleges (2018), Washington Monthly's #6 Best Affordable Elite Colleges and #17 out of 200 for Graduate Schools, and "A Top Public School" by US News and World Report (2019).
CSUB serves 9,800 undergraduate students and 1,400 graduate, credential, and post-baccalaureate students. 63.5% of CSUB's students are Hispanic/Latinx, 4.9% are African American, 0.2% are Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 0.5% are American Indian/Alaskan Native, 7.1% are Asian, and 2.3% are multiracial. CSUB is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

Commitment to Diversity: The Department of Communications under the School of Arts & Humanities at CSUB is committed to academic and inclusive excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

School Information: Comprised of seven departments (Art & Art History, Communications, English, History, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music & Theatre, and Philosophy & Religious Studies), the School of Arts & Humanities at California State University, Bakersfield, provides thriving academic degree programs to approximately 1,000 students as well as core areas of General Education for the approximately 11,000 students at the university. In addition to classroom instruction, the departments in the School host art exhibits, dramatic productions, and concerts as well as "The Runner" (the Student Newspaper) and student broadcasting programs. Departments often invite distinguished visiting artists and speakers to present to university-wide audiences. Students benefit from high-impact practices in the School (including opportunities for Undergraduate Research). The School also offers three M.A. programs (English, History, and Spanish). Lastly, the School houses the Institute for Basque Studies, the Public History Institute, and the Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy (all of which also link to the broader community in Kern County).

Department Information: The Department of Communications has more than 300 majors and is growing. Professors come to know students well and mentor students for success. We offer a B.A. with emphases in digital media, journalism, and public relations. Please visit our website at

Position Description: Applications are invited for a tenure-track position in Mass Communication at the assistant professor level beginning in August 2022.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Mass Communication or a related area. They will have an identified program of research that aligns with mass communication. Demonstrated commitment to teaching undergraduate students from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds, including first-generation students, is required. Besides teaching a broad range of courses in mass communication, the successful candidate must demonstrate ability in teaching at least two of the following areas: new media, organizational communication, intercultural, critical-cultural, political, health, and environmental communication. The successful candidate is also required to actively participate in advising Communications majors.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates having teaching and professional experience in mass communication will be preferred in the selection process.

Application: The complete application package must include 1) cover letter 2) curriculum vitae with evidence of a clear research program leading to publication, 3) teaching portfolio with a statement of teaching philosophy, 4) three letters of recommendation, 5) a statement about fostering an inclusive classroom, and 6) a statement on commitment and contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please email the completed application materials in a single PDF file to: Dr. Md Abu Naser, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communications, California State University, Bakersfield. Email:

Background Check: A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Mandated Reporter: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Compensation: Salary and rank are dependent on qualifications and experience. CSUB offers a generous benefits package (e.g., excellent health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits.)

Clery Act: CSUB's annual crime report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus centers, such as our Antelope Valley Satellite Campus, and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from CSUB. The report also includes policies concerning security on campus, such as alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, reporting crimes, sexual assault, and other subjects. Additionally, a daily log of offenses is maintained and can be reviewed at the front desk of the Department of Public Safety. You can obtain a copy of the annual report by contacting the Department of Public Safety/University Police at (661) 654-2111 or by logging on to their website at:

EEO Statement: CSUB is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or covered veterans' status.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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