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Barron County Campus: Assistant Professor in Communication and Journalism

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Sep 30, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Professional Fields, Journalism
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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POSITION: A probationary tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor is available in Communication and Journalism at UW-Eau Claire--Barron County, the two-year branch campus located in Rice Lake. The campus seeks a dynamic candidate with expertise in interpersonal or organizational communication and who is committed to teaching excellence and working with first- and second-year students.  UWEC-Barron County has just completed a major curricular reorientation that focuses on student-centered learning, including experiential learning opportunities ranging from service learning to undergraduate research.

This appointment carries an initial two-year probationary appointment beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year, August 24, 2023. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in communication or related field by August 24, 2023.  (ABD applicants may be considered but must complete the terminal degree by March 20, 2024.)  Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.  Ability to teach introductory and selected advanced-level courses that are aligned with the university’s Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and with the needs of UW-Eau Claire communication majors.  Commitment to ongoing professional development and maintaining an active scholarly program.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Evidence of successful university teaching.  Prior experience in teaching communication may be considered an asset, as will experience with online and other mediated instruction. A commitment to the principles of, and initiatives in, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness (EDI) is expected.

DUTIESTeach introductory courses in communication based on student/program needs and selected upper level communication courses in accordance with the candidate’s specialization; participate in professional development and maintain an active scholarly program; engage in service to the department, campus, University and profession.

DEPARTMENT: The Barron County campus consists of 7 full-time faculty along with 6 full-time and 13 part-time instructors. The successful candidate will have a tenure home at the UWEC-Barron County campus and will be a member of the UW-Eau Claire Communications and Journalism Department.

SALARY and COMPENSATION:  Starting salary is between $47 000 and $52 000.  A relocation stipend is available.  Tenure track faculty are also given $1500 yearly for scholarship and professional development.  As a UW System employee, the successful candidate will have full access to health, pension, and other benefits

University and the Community: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire promotes diversity and inclusiveness, stewardship and sustainability, leadership and innovation. UW-Eau Claire is consistently rated as one of the top public regional universities in the Midwest and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in liberal education, faculty-undergraduate research, and study abroad. The Barron County campus, located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, serves as a branch campus of UW-Eau Claire, and contributes to these distinctions through its commitment to teaching, interdisciplinarity, and access for first- and second-year students.

Located in the heart of beautiful Northwest Wisconsin, Rice Lake has a population of just under 10,000 and represents the commercial center for Barron County. Rice Lake and the surrounding countryside feature scenic rivers, lakes, parks, and bike trails, and a vibrant arts community. Eau Claire, located 50 miles south of Rice Lake, is the home to UW-Eau Claire and to major retail, cultural, and health care organizations for the region. Rice Lake is also approximately 90 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul, which additionally offers world-class theater, symphony and chamber orchestras, opera, and major league sports.

Application Procedure: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire website: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the “Click here to Register” link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your “User Name” and “Password” and select “Login”. Click on Barron County Campus: Faculty in Communication and Journalism (Job ID # 18874) and follow the steps under “To Apply” in the frame on the right. Applications will not be considered complete unless all required documents are submitted (in pdf format):

  • Letter of application, including a statement of your teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript
  • Names and contact information for three references.

If you have application questions, please email Dr. Troy Kozma, Academic Chair of the Barron County campus, at

To ensure priority consideration, completed applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm on December 22, 2022; however, screening will continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process.  A criminal background check is required prior to employment. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and its branch campus is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy.

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing

diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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