Lecturer in Communication Studies

Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Jun 15, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University invites applications for two one-year, full-time, non-tenure-track faculty positions beginning fall 2021. 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 and animated by the concepts of social justice, civic engagement, and systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

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, inclusion, and social justice broadly considered; and who approaches communication as a constitutive material, social, cultural, and political endeavor. We are eager to join with a new colleague who is comfortable working in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom.

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. 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).

Additionally, while University service is not an expectation for this position, all members of the department are invited and welcome 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 experience with 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 experience with 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
  • Demonstrable commitment to issues applicable to diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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 the following materials:

(1) Cover letter,

(2) Curriculum vitae,

(3) Statement of teaching philosophy that includes reflection on: a) your conception of learning, b) your role and methods as a teacher, c) your goals for student learning and your approach to assessing that learning, and d) your ongoing growth as a teacher,

(4) Statement on inclusive, equity-minded teaching that includes reflection on: a) how you create a learning environment in which all your students can learn, b) your strategies for including a diversity of perspectives, voices, and lived experiences in the learning process, c) your experience supporting traditionally underrepresented students in higher education (e.g. race, ability, LGBTQ+, first-gen),

(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). We also encourage applicants to review the Communication Studies department mission and courses (see: https://www.gonzaga.edu/college-of-arts-sciences/departments/communication-studies).


Please direct questions about this position to Jonathan Rossing, Search Committee Chair, Communication Studies, rossing@gonzaga.edu. Position closes on June 25, 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.