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Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Towson University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 7, 2023

Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has almost 900 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 Bachelor’s, 45 Master’s, and 5 Doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.


Department of Communication Studies

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Tenure-track, 9-month Assistant Professor position in the Department of Communication Studies beginning August 2024. Ph.D. in the field of communication studies, or related field. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the Instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by February 1, 2025. Demonstrated success or potential as a classroom teacher, and research productivity in critical organizational communication. Strong level of knowledge in critical qualitative research methods and theory as utilized in the field of communication studies. Demonstrated experience successfully teaching, mentoring, and advising minoritized, under-resourced students, including students of color and non- traditional students. Interest in interdisciplinary collaborations is a plus. Evidence or interest in securing external funding is preferred. For the first year, research-active faculty teach five or six classes over a 9-month academic year with undergraduate class sizes averaging 22 students per class and graduate class sizes averaging 15 students per class. We seek a faculty member who has a critical/cultural orientation to the field of communication studies and a strong background in organizational communication with an emphasis in advocacy. Priority given to candidates who engage global contexts. Primary teaching is in organizational advocacy, communication theory, and research methods with additional expectations to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Candidate may teach courses at the Towson University Northeast (TUNE) campus on a rotating basis, as needed. We encourage candidates whose research intersects with or extends department strengths in embodied communicative praxis to engage in social activism and advocacy. Scholarly research productivity and service, including mentoring and advising, to the department, college, and university is expected. Review of applications begins October 13, 2023 and continues until the position is filled. COFAC-3706

Department of Mass Communication

Assistant Professor, Public Relations

Tenure-track, 9-month Assistant Professor in Public Relations in the Department of Mass Communication, beginning August 2024. Ph.D. in strategic communication, mass communication, public relations, or related fields. ABD applicants will be considered, but appointment will be at the Instructor rank, and all doctorate degree requirements must be completed by February 1, 2025. Demonstrated success or potential to teach public relations courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. Demonstrated potential to develop a strong body of scholarship. Applicants whose teaching draws from their professional experience and whose work shows a commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. Researchactive faculty teach 6 classes over a 9-month academic year with undergraduate class size averaging 20 students per class and graduate classes averaging around 15 students per class. Undergraduate teaching may include: Corporate Communication Management, Media Relations, Strategic Public Relations Campaigns, Public Relations Writing, Social Media Strategy and other public relations courses. Graduate teaching may include: Practice of Public Relations and Organizational Communication, Qualitative Research Methods in Communication, Crisis Communication, Social Media Content Strategies, or others in the candidate’s areas of scholarship and expertise. Expected to advise undergraduate students and supervise graduate student theses and/or professional projects. Scholarly research productivity and service to the department, college, and university. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Applications received by September 29, 2023 will be given full consideration. COFAC-3703


Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Tenure-track, 9-month Assistant Professor position in the department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology beginning August 2024. Faculty with expertise in pediatric speech and language development and disorders, multicultural/multilingual populations, and/or counseling are encouraged to apply. Doctoral degree in speech-language pathology or a related field. ABD applications will be considered with initial appointment at the Instructor rank; all degree requirements must be completed by February 28, 2025. Candidates should have a commitment to working with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students and to cultivating and strengthening a diverse and inclusive healthcare workforce. Primary responsibilities include: (1) Teaching: Research-active instructors teach 6 course units (equivalent to 18 credits) over a 9-month academic year in a highly diverse, student-focused program, provide high-quality instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and advise and mentor students as they matriculate through the department’s programs and prepare to enter the profession (clinical supervision may also be included for those with needed credentials); (2) Scholarship: Development/continuation of a focused area of research that includes peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations, grant funding, and involvement in scholarly projects with students; and (3) Service: Active service participation at the department, college, university, community, and professional levels. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. 



Department of Chemistry

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry position in the Department of Chemistry beginning August, 2024. PhD in organic chemistry is required. Postdoctoral research and/or experience teaching undergraduates is strongly preferred. The department is particularly interested in candidates whose proposed research program will complement existing departmental strengths in total synthesis and organometallic chemistry; however, candidates in all areas of organic chemistry (broadly defined) will receive full consideration. Salary shall be commensurate with experience. The candidate will primarily teach undergraduate lecture and lab courses in organic chemistry but may also teach courses in the general chemistry sequence and upper-division courses in their area of expertise. The candidate must establish a competitive research program that engages undergraduate students in chemistry, forensic chemistry, and other related majors. The candidate is expected to pursue external research funding and disseminate their research findings in peer- reviewed journals and through presentations at professional meetings. Faculty members are assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Review of applications begins on October 9, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. FCSM-3707

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Towson University is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.

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