Lecturer in Communication Studies

Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 12, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University invites applications for a one-year, full-time, non tenure-track lecturer position beginning fall 2021. The position is eligible for renewal and reappointment. We wish to welcome humanities-based teacher-scholars with a commitment to inclusive, equity-minded teaching to join a department with an innovative curriculum grounded in rhetoric, media, and cultural studies.

We look forward to collaborating with a colleague who possesses strong pedagogical abilities, with particular sensitivity to inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices; who can effectively teach the impacts and consequences of communication on society, politics, culture, and identity; who can address questions of diversity, equity, and social justice broadly considered; and who approaches communication as a constitutive material, social, cultural, and political endeavor.

This colleague will primarily teach multiple sections of the first-year, Core Curriculum course, COMM 100: Communication and Speech. The course emphasizes communication as symbolic action and foregrounds civic engagement. Thus, we seek a candidate who is invested in creative, reflective pedagogy and who has experience teaching about public discourse and civic communication from a rhetorical, media, and/or cultural studies perspective. This colleague may also be asked to teach our department’s theoretical foundation courses: Understanding Meaning-Making, Understanding Power in Culture, and Understanding Identity. The teaching load for the lecturer position is 24 credits per year (12 credits per semester).

Applicants should be comfortable working in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, we seek a colleague with potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Critical Race Studies, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, and Film Studies.

Additionally, all members of the department contribute to and participate in peer review of teaching activities, department committees, and special projects. Gonzaga University features an outstanding Center for Teaching and Advising that sponsors regular faculty development and education opportunities.

The Communication Studies Department is committed to inclusive excellence and to increasing the diversity of the campus community. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we expect applicants to demonstrate a strong commitment to issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to issues applicable to diverse populations and to working with underrepresented and minoritized students through teaching, mentoring, or administration are preferred.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Communication with preferred concentrations in rhetoric, media, and cultural studies. ABDs considered with the expectation degree is in hand by August 1, 2021.
  • Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching
  • Evidence of inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable commitment to issues applicable to diverse populations
  • Ability to communicate disciplinary ways of thinking within a liberal arts curriculum

Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and ongoing teaching development and to socially transformative and justice-oriented research. We have a branch campus in Florence, Italy, as well as a robust study abroad program.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit our website at www.gonzaga.edu/jobs . Applicants must complete an online application and submit

(1) a cover letter,

(2) a curriculum vitae,

(3) a statement of teaching philosophy,

(4) a statement of experience with inclusive, equity-minded teaching,

(5) copies of graduate school transcripts, and

(6) Names and contact information for three (3) professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected).

All application materials must address the candidate’s fit with Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanist mission (see: https://www.gonzaga.edu/about/our-mission-jesuit-values).

Please direct questions about this position to Jonathan Rossing, Chair, Communication Studies, rossing@gonzaga.edu. Position closes on March 15, 2021, midnight, Pacific Time. For assistance with your online application, please call the Human Resources department at 509-313-5996.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is an AA/EEO employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.