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Assistant Professor - Advertising Creative

Apply now Job no: 519953
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Communications/Journalism


Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor - Advertising Creative

School/Department Name: Journalism and Mass Communications

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 17, 2023

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022 (Applications accepted until position is filled or closed)

Position Description

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San José State University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2023 to teach courses on the BS Advertising program. The successful candidate should be able to teach both creative practice and strategy. On the creative side they should be able to oversee our portfolio classes, working with students on award show competition briefs and helping them curate their bodies of work. They should be equally comfortable teaching advertising strategy and integrated marketing communications. There are opportunities to contribute to existing courses across our three tracks as well as writing new and innovative courses that will help steer the program. To this end, we are seeking an experienced advertising practitioner who can teach creative strategy and strategic creative. They will also develop a robust research and/or creative agenda that may focus around current creative practice and pedagogies, sustainability, communicating with underserved communities.

We would really welcome applications from candidates who have worked with underserved populations. Underserved populations can be defined as populations who face barriers in accessing and using services, and includes populations underserved because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, underserved racial and ethnic populations, populations underserved because of special needs (such as language barriers, disabilities, alienage status, or age). The candidate may have created communications raising awareness of these populations, as an advertising practitioner or as an educator within the classroom. At San Jose State University we regularly work with underserved communities and their representative organizations. Sometimes they may serve as clients in an advertising class or they may be stakeholders in a service learning experience.   

We seek applicants with practical experience in one or more of the following areas: art direction, advertising strategy, integrated communications, graphic design, photography, packaging design, branding and brand communications. Experience as a practitioner in the communications industries is preferred alongside experience of teaching advertising and/or design at undergraduate or graduate level. The successful applicant should also be familiar with Cloud based applications and, in particular, Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

The Advertising program sits within a diverse and highly successful School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The program consists of three tracks: Creative, Management and MarComm. Each curriculum has been designed to provide students with the tools they will need to succeed in the creative industries. As an Adobe Creative Campus our students and faculty benefit from unlimited access to Adobe Creative Cloud and is expected that the successful candidate will have expertise in any number of Adobe applications. The Creative track focuses on creative thinking, ideation, and craft. Students learn to become problem solvers, creative thinkers and makers. They regularly win awards at the American Advertising Federation ADDY awards the National Student Advertising Competition, and are active participants in the D&AD New Blood and One Club Young Ones initiatives. The Advertising program boasts an in-house advertising and pr agency: DBH Communications. The agency services the needs of clients and is one of many examples where our students actually learn by doing. All undergraduates are expected to be members of our thriving student ad club and the successful candidate will be expected to act as advisor to the club. The department boasts two Adobe Education Leaders among the faculty.

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communications and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • MA or MFA in Advertising, Design, Marketing or other related field
  • Teaching experience at the collegiate level
  • Experience or knowledge of related industries
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience
  • A clearly defined scholarly and/or creative agenda

Preferred Experience

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud and other industry-standard production applications experience
  • Underserved community outreach through collaborative partnerships or pro-bono work
  • Experience with non-profits and/or NGOs related to sustainability issues
  • Innovative pedagogical practices

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach required courses on the Advertising program
  • Collaborate with colleagues from other areas of the College and the University to provide exciting interdisciplinary opportunities for our students and/or to enhance research, scholarly and creative activity
  • Advise students on the major and conduct regular pastoral duties
  • Maintain currency in relation to industry practice in the creative fields
  • Provide students with opportunities to enhance their career aspirations by liaising with industry professionals
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Other Duties

Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.

Application Procedure

Select Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • research plans
  • three references with contact information or three references we may contact for letters [department determines what to ask for and when. Please note: Search committees can also choose to use SkillSurvey, a tool which draws upon five references to collect feedback on candidates.]

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: John Delacruz at

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization and booster shots against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.


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Last Updated Oct 7, 2022