Assistant Professor, Communication

Governors State University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Media Studies, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Speech & Rhetoric
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Position Type Faculty, Tenure Track Classification Title Assistant Professor Position's Functional Title Assistant Professor, Communication Position Start Date 08/16/2022 Position End Date (if temporary) Position Summary
Assistant Professor, Communication (tenure track)

Governors State University (University Park, IL) is a minority serving institution inviting applications for a tenure track position as an assistant professor of communication beginning the Fall 2022 semester.

We seek a communication teacher-scholar who is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusiveness to complement existing faculty strengths. The area of specialty for this position is organizational communication with a social scientific research approach. This position will include teaching responsibilities at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including research methods, sections of the basic public speaking course each year, and contribute to the core courses, such as junior and senior seminar. Successful candidates should demonstrate the ability to develop new courses. We are particularly interested in courses with foci on non-profits, social justice, and diversity and inclusion.

Candidates should be proficient in their teaching ability and show evidence of the potential for a strong record of scholarship. Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in Communication or related field by August 15, 2022.

The Communication Program at Governors State University offers an undergraduate (B.A.) degree with concentrations in Human Communication and Strategic Communication. We also offer a graduate M.A.) degree in Communication, Media, and Performance. Our faculty are dedicated to advancing the teaching, research, and service missions of the university.

Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.

Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in the successful transfer of community college students to universities and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.

GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.

It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited.

Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience. Minimum Qualifications
1. Ph.D. in Communication or closely related discipline. A.B.D. candidates will be considered; all degree requirements must be completed by August 15, 2022.
2. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.
3. Ability to teach advanced undergraduate organizational communication courses.
4. Ability to teach quantitative and qualitative methods at the graduate level.
5. Ability to teach graduate level organizational communication courses.
6. Evidence of proficiency in teaching ability.
7. Evidence of potential for strong record of scholarship. Preferred Qualifications
1. Experience with non-traditional, first-generation, and/or traditionally underrepresented student populations.
2. Ability to teach courses in non-profits, social justice, and/or diversity and inclusion
3. Experience with teaching online courses.
4. Teaching experience at graduate level.
5. Demonstrated record of scholarship through publication and conference presentations.
6. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship related to underrepresented and marginalized groups. Posting Date 08/23/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled No Posting Number FA0409P Type of Search External Quicklink for Posting Employee ID Department Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and list of professional references by October 1, 2021 to receive full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. References will only be contacted prior to candidate interviews.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • Doctorate Degree
    • ABD
  2. * What academic discipline did you earn your degree(s) in?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have experience teaching at the college/university level?
    • yes
    • no
  4. * Do you have experience in developing and/or teaching online (web-based) courses?
    • No
    • No but interested and able to do so
    • Yes I have taught online courses
    • Yes I have developed online courses
    • Yes, I have developed and taught online courses
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcripts
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other
  2. Other2
  3. Other3
  4. Other4
  5. Letter of Recommendation

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