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Assistant Professor in Interpersonal & Public Communication

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 18, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Interpersonal and Public Communication JobID #37268

 The Department of Communication Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, seeks applications for a new 9-month, benefit-eligible, tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Interpersonal and Public Communication beginning Fall 2022. While the position is broadly defined as professional communication, we are particularly interested in two specific sub fields: Health/Science and Public Communication/Public Relations. Our goal is to find ways to deepen the public understanding of health and science, improve public discourse about public health issues and to facilitate high-impact research activities that can help bridge the divide between researchers, healthcare professionals, and scientists, and the broader public. The Department also values research that focuses on underserved communities and populations. Candidates may come from academic disciplines such as communication or related fields, with research expertise in communication as broadly defined.


  • The successful candidate has a Ph.D. degree in communication or related field by the start date.
  • The successful candidate should be able to teach undergraduate core courses in the areas of public and interpersonal communication, and create new courses in areas of their research interest.
  • The successful candidate should have a promising research program, for example, publications, manuscripts in progress, conference papers, conference presentations, or other evidence of research, and a desire to conduct interdisciplinary research and secure grant funding.
  • The successful candidate should also be committed to help create a climate via teaching and research that attracts a diverse student body, serve first-generation college students, and contribute to social equality and justice.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to UMKC’s mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a highly diverse city with African-American, African, Asian, Latino, Italian, Irish, German, Nordic, Anglo-Saxon, Native American, Slavic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern communities. Such diversity has created vibrant neighborhoods throughout the metro Kansas City area and has fostered creativity, connection, and innovation that can be across our bi-state region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are just a few examples of how diversity has enriched our city.  

For the reasons detailed above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students, and community to regard themselves as global citizens who seek, embrace, and celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism.  Such commitment is demonstrated through teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants who share in our commitment to these core values. We are confident you will appreciate the beauty and friendliness of Kansas City and why we are proud to call it home.  

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion:

Application Instructions

To apply, please combine all application materials (cover letter, full curriculum vitae, statement of research philosophy, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document with a maximum size of 11MB and upload online at as your resume attachment. Limit the document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. For more information about the Department of Communication Studies and UMKC, please visit

 Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


 To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

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