Assistant Professor, Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communications and Communication Studies (9-mo-TT)

Samford Univerity
Alabama, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 27, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of Assistant Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Communication Studies.  This position is a tenure-track, 9-month faculty appointment and carries a 3-3 load (courses are four credits).  Position will begin August 2021.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a closely related field from an institution accredited by HLC, MSCHE, NECHE, NWCCU, SACSCOC or WSCUC and experience teaching undergraduate students.  Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience in rhetoric, communication and race, and interpersonal communication.  Candidates should possess a demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate communication studies courses and a robust research agenda.

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and Communications Studies has 11 full-time faculty positions, a part-time adjunct debate coach, a media adviser, and a staff member who helps with advising, alumni relations, and special projects.  The department serves nearly 300 majors.  The department features award-winning student media, a lecture series in cooperation with The Washington Post and a nationally recognized debate program.

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020, and applications will continue to be received until January 1, 2021.  Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae with names and contact information of three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, description of research interests and activities, along with an application for faculty position and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement (links below).  Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.  The successful candidate must pass a background check.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the Unites States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position.  Samford University and Howard College of Arts and Sciences embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

 “Application for Faculty Position” can be found at: 

“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at: 

Please submit all materials in single PDF format to:

ATTN: Asst. Prof. - Comm Studies

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Ignatius Fosu (

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