Faculty, Tenure Track
Position's Functional Title
Assistant Professor, Communication
Position Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
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
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
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
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
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
Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and
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
4. Ability to teach quantitative and qualitative methods at the
5. Ability to teach graduate level organizational communication
6. Evidence of proficiency in teaching ability.
7. Evidence of potential for strong record of scholarship.
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
6. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship
related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Open Until Filled
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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
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * What is the highest level of education attained?
- High School Diploma
- Associates Degree
- Bachelors Degree
- Masters Degree
- Doctorate Degree
- * What academic discipline did you earn your degree(s)
(Open Ended Question)
- * Do you have experience teaching at the college/university
- * Do you have experience in developing and/or teaching online
- 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
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Teaching Philosophy
- List of References
- Letter of Recommendation