Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor (NTT)

Job Description

The Department of Communication at the University of Missouri invites applications to fill an Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor position beginning August 2023.

The person in this position will serve as the COMM 1200 Public Speaking Course Director. The department offers approximately 32 sections of public speaking each fall/spring semester. These sections are taught primarily by graduate students. Public Speaking is offered both in-person and online (as part of our online major ). We also offer Honors sections of Public Speaking.

The Public Speaking Course Director will provide an orientation for Public Speaking instructors each semester, conduct ongoing professional teaching development sessions with instructors throughout the semester, oversee the identification of all course materials, continually update the Public Speaking curriculum and Canvas course sites for use by all instructors, respond to instructor inquiries, assist with student concerns, respond to campus requests for public speaking training, and work with the Department Chair on Public Speaking programmatic issues.

The person in this position will have the opportunity to serve as the Public Speaking Course Director during the summer semester for additional pay.

The Public Speaking Course Director is a standing member of the Department’s Undergraduate Committee that makes recommendations to the faculty regarding all aspects of the Communication major and department programs that support undergraduate students.

In addition to serving as the COMM 1200 Public Speaking Course Director, the person in this position will teach sections of Public Speaking and/or courses that address department teaching needs in one or more of our department emphasis areas: Health and Crisis Communication; Identity, Diversity, and Communication; Interpersonal and Family Communication; Mediated Communication; Organizational Communication; and Political Communication.

We are interested in candidates who are passionate about Public Speaking and the teaching of Public Speaking.

We are committed to ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in our faculty and strongly encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in Communication.

We encourage applications from individuals who demonstrate a commitment to increasing diversity and access to higher education for groups underrepresented in Communication and those who can help serve our diverse student population.

We offer a competitive salary, a strong population of engaged undergraduate students, a highly interactive faculty, and a departmental home (Switzler Hall) that is located directly on the quad across from Mizzou’s historic columns.


Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by August 15, 2023.

Application Materials

The following documents/materials are required for the application to be complete:
  • cover letter, including a description of public speaking and other teaching interests and experiences
  • CV
  • a diversity statement addressing your contributions to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility through teaching and service
  • a philosophy of teaching statement and summary of evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • names and contact information of three references willing to write a letter if solicited
Use the online application and be prepared to upload your cover letter, CV, diversity statement, teaching philosophy/summary of teaching effectiveness, and list of references (names and contact information for three references should be attached in the “attachments” section of the application section).

Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Brian Houston ( ), with any questions about the job duties. Contact Human Resource Services ( ) for any questions about the application process.

Review of applications will begin January 10, 2023.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

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 Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-884-2577.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.


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