Assistant Visiting Professor, Communication Studies Department

Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 21, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time

About the University

Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university, highly ranked nationally, with over 16,000 students (undergraduate and master’s level) in seven colleges and the graduate school. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 83,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U.S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Visit for more information.

About the Department

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communication Studies support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity. Our teaching, scholarship, and service nurture inclusive discourse, critical thinking, and cooperative solutions in a diverse global community. The Department currently has 10 full-time and additional part-time faculty serving approximately 200 undergraduate majors.

About the Position

The Department of Communication Studies at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor with a 1-year renewable teaching position in Communication Studies starting September 16, 2021. Renewal is contingent upon budget approval from the university. We seek a communication scholar who can teach Intercultural and Small Group Communication at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will also be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. The successful candidate may also be asked to teach existing undergraduate courses, including some combination of Communication Diversity & Controversy, Communication Identity & Difference, Communication Theory, Communication & Healthcare, Interpersonal Communication, Communication & Conflict, as well as other classes as needed. The teaching load is 6-8 courses per academic year on a 10-week quarter system (i.e., teaching at least 2 courses in each of three quarters per year).

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or ABD in communication studies or a related field
  • Evidence of effective teaching at the college or the university level
  • Ability to teach intercultural communication.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning and working environments that are equitable and inclusive of students, faculty, and staff with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach interpersonal and small group communication and communication theory courses.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications


Bargaining Unit

United Faculty of Western Washington


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