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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication (Two Positions)

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Posted Date
Oct 19, 2022

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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 of Organizational Communication (Two Positions)

The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University invites applications for two tenure-track Organizational Communication faculty members. Employment begins in August 2023. We seek candidates who can bring innovative teaching, engaged and applied scholarship, and practical experiences to the classroom and contribute to the intellectual climate of the School and our R2 institution. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: community outreach, alternative economies, human resources, employee training, nonprofit administration, remote/virtual work, communication analytics, social justice and activism, grassroots organizing, or health communication.

The School of Communication Studies:

The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University is composed of 42 faculty and over 700 majors. Its curriculum is organized by 7 concentrations from which students can choose to focus: Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Health Communication, Advocacy Studies, Public Relations, Cultural Communication and General communication. We also offer a master’s program in communication and advocacy with concentrations in health, environmental, and strategic communication.

The School cultivates a socially and culturally diverse intellectual community that recognizes how historical, political, and social structures are embedded in processes and studies of communication. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are core values championed by the school. We believe that preparing our students to contribute to a more equitable community is essential and we incorporate this belief into our curriculum, practices, and policies. We reject racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, ableism, ageism, and xenophobia in all forms and seek to cultivate learning environments free from expressions of hate and harm. As a department, we work together to create a learning community that better equips us all to build more just communities.

The department provides a solid foundation for faculty creativity, collaboration, research, and teaching. Our student and faculty diversity is rapidly increasing: We excel in global education and community engagement, and we have a demonstrated commitment to creating a culture of inclusivity. We are especially interested in applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The College of Arts and Letters, in which the School of Communication Studies is located, enrolls over 3400 undergraduate majors and about 150 graduate students across ten academic units in the humanities, social sciences, and communication studies. Home to several interdisciplinary centers and institutes, the College employs 270 full-time faculty. It is a university leader in student and faculty diversity and belonging and has made significant faculty investments in racial and social justice, Latinx studies, and African-American studies. It embraces the teacher-scholar model, supporting excellent teaching, innovative service, and strong programs of research and creative inquiry across the disciplines. The College provides rich opportunities for faculty to collaborate across the College and the entire university.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Applicants must be able to teach in the organizational communication concentration, conduct research in their area of expertise and engage in service to the department, college and university.

Teaching will include a variety of organizational communication courses at the undergraduate level focusing on topics such as: management theories, consulting and case-specific organizational issues, communication training, business and professional communication, and deliberation and dialogue. We seek candidates who will assist in our curriculum review and development process. Candidates may also have the opportunity to teach human communication courses which contribute to the General Education program, research methods, or other courses related to expertise. Additionally, there may be the possibility to contribute to our graduate program. The course load for tenure-track faculty is a 3-3 teaching load.

Research or applied scholarship is required consistent with the standards of an R2 university.


  • A Ph.D. in communication or a related field is preferred at the time of appointment and ABD applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates must demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence and possess a record of continued or promising scholarly productivity.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can mentor a diverse population of students and have experience teaching or researching issues of interest to students of underrepresented and minority populations.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with professional or applied experience.

To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F2011 or go to Review of applications begins 11/11/2022. Salary is commensurate with experience. Questions should be addressed to the search chair, Dr. Toni Whitfield (

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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