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Visiting Assistant Professor - Communication Studies

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 4, 2023
Job Title

Visiting Assistant Professor - Communication Studies


Communication Studies

Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

40% Teaching Responsibilities:
  • Teach two (2) courses per semester at the undergraduate level in Communication Studies.
  • Potential to serve on MA graduate committees as needed.
40% Research Responsibilities:
  • Maintain and sustain an active and productive program of research in field of specialization, including scholarly publications and presentations at research conferences.
20% Service Responsibilities:
  • Service to the Department, the College, the University, and the profession.

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

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The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants

Prof. Jeffrey Hall
Search Committee Chair

Limited Term End Date


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Required Qualifications

  1. PhD in Communication Studies or a related field by the start date of the appointment.
  2. Strong record of teaching experiences.
  3. Clear evidence of developing expertise in Political Communication

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Position Overview

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professorship, to begin on August 18, 2023. This appointment is limited for one academic year, ending May 2024. This is a full-time position with a 2:2 teaching load as well as service and research obligations (see below). Applicants are expected to have a PhD in Communication Studies or a related field by the start date of the appointment.

We seek applications from scholars specializing in political communication with expertise that overlaps with current areas of focus in the department, including health, leadership, digital and/or mass media, political campaigns, and women and underrepresented communities. Teaching assignments will include existing courses in political communication, political campaigns, and mass media and politics. Candidates are expected to contribute to the intellectual community of the Department of Communication Studies.

The Department of Communication Studies is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive educational environment for students, faculty, and staff. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidates will have experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

The University of Kansas is located in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capitol Topeka. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral institution and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students, offers students, and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include journalism, education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

For compline information and to apply online go to . A complete online application will include the following materials: (1) cover letter that addresses the candidate's overall fit with the teaching focus of the position, the candidate's qualifications regarding their research agenda, serve work, and commitment to diversity; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching accomplishments, (4) diversity statement focused on pedagogy; and (5) the names and contact information for three professional references.

In addition to the above materials, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
If you have already attached a diversity statement as requested above, please enter "see diversity attachment" in the question response field.

Application review will begin February 3, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained . Only complete applications will be considered.

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