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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - Communication -Corporate and Health Communication - 20051

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 31, 2023


The Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor to contribute to its Corporate and Health Communication program. The position begins in August 2024. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Communication program. The successful candidate will be expected to provide service to the university, the profession, and the community. Research interests should include corporate and/or health communication topics.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach courses included in the university's Corporate and Health Communication sequence. The successful candidate will have a background in Corporate Communication, but ability to also teach Health Communication courses will be considered an advantage. Teaching assignments could include but would not be limited to courses such as corporate communication theory, communication training, communication research, applied workplace competencies, health communication, medical communication and health literacy, and more. Other course assignments may be based on the candidate’s individual skill areas and interests. Preference will be given to candidates with previous teaching experience, and/or those with the ability to teach both Corporate Communication and Health Communication courses.

The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate and graduate students, results in publications and contributes to the productivity of the department, college, and university's scholarship program and benefits the profession and area communities. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to gender and diversity roles in communication, health and public policy, workplace communication issues, emerging media and health communication, and emerging media in the workplace. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace inclusion as a member of the university community.


Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. or other terminal degree in Communication or related field is required. ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2024; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2025 in advance of their first scheduled review.

Demonstrated commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate and graduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential, commitment to working with diverse populations and serving as active member of the university community.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training drills.

Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.


1. Full-Time teaching responsibilities include teaching four courses per semester. Course assignments may include, but are not limited to courses in the Corporate Communication and/or Health Communication sequence at either the undergraduate or graduate levels.
2. Research expectations include publications and conference papers. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities.
3. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest.
4. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities, or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.


The Department of Communication is the largest department in the College of Arts and Communication and one of the largest at the University. The department serves more than 600 students who major in one of our seven emphases and their corresponding minors: Advertising; Broadcast/Print/Web Journalism; Corporate and Health Communication; Electronic Media; International Journalism; Media Arts and Game Development; and Public Relations. The department’s graduate program serves a diverse population of recent undergraduates and returning professionals.


Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater's main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family - led by caring faculty and staff - is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater's intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary of $52,000.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


Applications received by October 22, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Ed Frederick

Search Committee Chair



Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter/letter of interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
This Job ID is 20051.

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