Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Coe College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Communication Studies beginning Fall 2022.

In line with Coe College’s liberal arts mission, the department seeks a teacher-scholar capable of teaching the department’s core courses as well as courses in one (or both) of the following areas: relational communication or production. 
Tenure-track faculty members in Communication Studies teach a 3-3 course load. Course rotations include a full range of upper and lower division classes, and faculty members regularly teach in the college’s first-year seminar program. The department’s courses also serve several of the college’s interdisciplinary areas of study. 
We seek applicants invested in mentoring students, supervising internships and enhancing the overall intellectual community through innovative interdisciplinary programming. The successful applicant will showcase a commitment to supporting student research in addition to maintaining an active presence in the discipline. 
We strongly encourage applications from candidates dedicated to inclusive and equitable approaches to teaching and learning. The department is committed to the ongoing project of critically evaluating our work in pursuit of creating socially just educational environments; the successful applicant will be integral to that effort. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in communication or closely related field by August 2022 (ABD applicants will be considered). 
  • Evidence of student-centered pedagogical practices and an active, sustainable research agenda.
  • A strong understanding of and commitment to teaching in a liberal arts environment alongside faculty members invested in strengthening the college’s commitments to equity and inclusion. 
  • Demonstrated preparedness to teach courses in either relational communication or production as well as one or more of the program’s core courses (Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Rhetorical Theory & Practice and Research Methods in Communication Studies).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of college-level teaching experience (experience in a supervised graduate teaching assistant role is accepted).
  • Experience advising students, working with students on independent projects and/or supervising student organizations (specifically, a campus newspaper or radio station, if one’s area of expertise is production).
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and think creatively about the role of Communication Studies in supporting a liberal arts mission. 
  • Ability to support interdisciplinary courses or programs in one or more of the following areas: African American Studies, Data Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Health and Society Studies, Public Relations, Social and Criminal Justice and Writing.  
  • A body of work that illustrates the candidate's commitments to building environments that promote inclusion, equity and justice.

About the Department

The Communication Studies program is housed within the Rhetoric Department at Coe College. The Communication Studies curriculum exposes students to courses emphasizing production, media studies, public discourse and relational communication. The successful candidate for this position will be asked to work collaboratively with existing department members to shape the program’s communication course offerings. Tenure-track faculty members in Communication Studies also play a vital role in supporting the work of the college by advising and mentoring students, serving on one or more committees, participating in the college’s recruitment and retention efforts and committing to ongoing professional development.  

Application should include the following

  • Cover letter (should offer evidence of preparedness to teach in one or both of the areas specified above and address the other minimum and preferred qualifications, as applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts

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Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our curricular outline in the Academic Catalog and identify the courses they are qualified to teach. (Descriptions of the courses in each area can be found on pages 95-97.) Candidates are also welcome to propose complementary courses within their areas of expertise.  

The committee will begin reviewing applications on November 5, 2021. For full consideration, applicants must submit their materials by November 15, 2021. Qualified applicants will be invited to submit additional materials, such as a teaching portfolio and letters of recommendation, at a future date. 

Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.