Open Rank, Communication Faculty - Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Darden School, University of Virginia
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 20, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia invites applications for a teaching-track faculty position in Communication to begin in August 2021.  The position may be filled at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. This full-time, nine-month appointment requires teaching five courses per year, as well as writing cases and curriculum materials for internal and external use, and actively serving the Communication area and the Darden School.  Initial appointments are normally for a three-year term, but may be renewed, pending review. 

To keep pace with a rapidly changing global world, we seek an engaged colleague interested in transforming the way Communication is learned in business education.  All faculty in the Communication (COM) area teach up to two sections of Leadership Communication, a required course in Darden graduate degree programs – Residential MBA, Executive MBA, and MS in Business Analytics.  In particular, we seek candidates who are able to work collaboratively with a faculty team to design and deliver a common syllabus for this course, lead discussion-based and experiential courses, and model leadership communication in the classroom and the school.

COM area faculty also teach electives, which will depend on both the candidate’s expertise and students’ interests.  Current elective courses include:  negotiations; advanced leadership communication; interpersonal communication; strategic communication; and corporate communication.  Topics for new business-relevant electives may be proposed and developed.  New courses may include, but are not limited to, topics such as:  communicating to promote diversity, inclusion and belonging, especially in global contexts; mastering current and emerging communication platforms and technologies; visualizing and communicating data; communicating in impromptu and improvisational situations; or negotiating and transforming conflict.  Opportunities to teach abroad in one-week Global Immersion Courses are also possible. 

In addition to teaching courses in Darden degree programs, Darden faculty are expected and encouraged to engage actively with business practitioners.  For example, engagement may take the form of participating in the Communication area’s Darden Leadership Communication Council, teaching in Darden’s Executive Education programs, or independent consulting.  COM area faculty are also encouraged to maintain active professional ties through academic conferences and networks, and to generate and share new knowledge, especially related to teaching and learning.  All full-time Darden faculty receive a basic discretionary fund. Opportunities for up to two months of summer research and course development funding are available.  

Attractive candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Communication or a related discipline.  Non-tenure track faculty with a doctoral-level degree are appointed with a professorial rank – assistant, associate, or full professor.  Applicants with a master’s degree, strong practitioner experience, and evidence of teaching excellence will be considered, and if hired, appointed as a lecturer.  The appointment will follow the University of Virginia guidelines for peer review, renewal, and promotion opportunities, detailed in the policy for “Academic General Faculty – Teaching Track.”   

Regularly ranked in the US and internationally among top schools in MBA and Executive Education, the Darden School’s culture values exceptional teachers with an on-going passion for the craft of teaching.  Traditionally a case-method school with a general management approach, Darden’s pedagogical style promotes lively student discussion and experiential learning.  Most teaching will take place on the historic Grounds at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Some teaching may occur at Darden’s new building in Rosslyn, VA, just across the Potomac from Washington, DC.  Instruction may occur in in-person, blended-learning or hybrid formats.  The ability to produce video or Coursera-style courses is desirable.  For more information about UVA and the surrounding area, please visit UVA Prospective Employees.  See also 21 Reasons to Choose Darden.

Darden is an organization with a strong culture that reflects a commitment to our mission and values.  Candidates who are invited for personal interviews will be asked to describe how they could help foster a learning environment that inspires and engages a diverse audience. The recent social unrest in the US has added urgency to our longstanding aim of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive business school. (Read the University of Virginia’s Commitment to Diversity Statement and Darden’s actions.)

To Apply:

Please apply through UVA’s job board Workday (, and search for “Open Rank, Communication Faculty - Darden School of Business.” Complete an application online and submit:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter – please include how you learned about this position
  • Contact information for at least 3 references
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Evidence of curriculum materials, scholarship, or thought leadership

Please note multiple documents can be submitted in the CV/Resume Box.  Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.  Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.

Review of applications will begin December 11, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled. For more information about the Darden School and the University of Virginia, see

For questions about the application process, please contact Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter, at  For questions about the position, please contact Lili Powell, Associate Professor and Area Head for Communication, Darden School, at

The University of Virginia offers benefits for legally-recognized spouses in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The University assists UVA faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more about those services, please see Dual Career Program at UVA

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy. 

The Darden School of Business is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups under-represented in academia.  The Darden School especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and those with significant international experience. 

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence, expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.