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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Gonzaga University
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Aug 31, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies, Speech & Rhetoric
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Purpose:

The Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2022. We wish to welcome humanities-based teacher-scholars with a commitment to inclusive, equity-minded teaching to join a department with an innovative curriculum grounded in rhetoric, media, and cultural studies and to collaborate with colleagues animated by concerns of social justice, civic engagement, media representation, and systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

We look forward to collaborating with a colleague who possesses strong pedagogical abilities, with particular sensitivity to inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices; who can address questions of diversity, equity, and social justice broadly considered; who can effectively teach the impacts and consequences of communication on society, media, culture, and identity; and who approaches communication as a constitutive material, social, cultural, and political endeavor.

We seek a candidate who is invested in creative, reflective pedagogy and who has experience teaching about communication as symbolic action from a rhetorical, media, and/or cultural studies perspective. Our curriculum is centered around three theoretical pillars: communication and meaning-making, communication’s relationship to systems of power, privilege, and oppression; and intersectionality and the performance of identity. This colleague will contribute to our introductory theory and methodology courses in addition to teaching our upper-level course offerings for majors and minors (see course and curriculum on department website). In addition, all members of our department share in the responsibility of teaching the first-year, Core Curriculum course, COMM 100: Communication and Speech. This course emphasizes communication as symbolic action and foregrounds civic engagement—a theme that continues throughout all our courses. The teaching load for the tenure-track position is 18 credits per year (9 credits per semester).

We envision applicants whose teaching and scholarship explore intersections of rhetoric, media, and cultural studies with one or more of the following areas, which form the foundations of our curriculum:

  • Meaning, representation, and media
  • Communication, power, and culture
  • Intersections of race / ethnicity / gender / sexuality / ability / religion / citizenship
  • Activism, organizing, civic engagement, and social movements
  • Technology and digital cultures

Applicants should be comfortable working in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, we hope to find a colleague with potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; Native American Studies; Environmental Studies and the Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment; Women’s and Gender Studies; International Studies; and Film Studies.

Additionally, all members of the department contribute to and participate in peer review of teaching activities, department committees, and special projects. Gonzaga University features an outstanding Center for Teaching and Advising that sponsors regular faculty development and education opportunities.

The Communication Studies Department is committed to inclusive excellence, to increasing the diversity of the campus community, and to supporting traditionally underrepresented students in higher education, especially at a predominantly white institution. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we expect applicants to provide evidence of direct experience and expertise in issues related to social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify specific experiences in these areas. Candidates who have demonstrated expertise in issues applicable to populations with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and direct experience working with underrepresented and marginalized students through teaching, research, mentoring, or administration are preferred.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Communication with preferred backgrounds in rhetoric, media, and/or cultural studies. ABDs considered with the expectation degree in hand by July 15, 2022.
  • Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching
  • Evidence of inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices
  • Evidence of an active research program (particularly at the intersections of rhetoric, media, and culture studies and the relationship to power, social identity, and social/environmental justice)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate disciplinary ways of thinking within a liberal arts curriculum
  • Collaborative approach to teaching and institutional service
  • Demonstrated abilities, or strategies for, mentoring and advising traditionally underrepresented identity groups

Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and ongoing teaching development and to socially transformative and justice-oriented research. We have a branch campus in Florence, Italy, as well as a robust study abroad program.

Job Duties:

The teaching responsibilities for the tenure-track position include an 18-credit annual course load. All tenure-track faculty share responsibility for teaching the following:

  • COMM 100: Communication and Speech, our first-year, core curriculum course. This course emphasizes communication as symbolic action and foregrounds civic engagement – a theme that continues throughout all our courses.
  • Our introductory theory courses (media, rhetorical, and cultural studies theories related to meaning-making, identity, and power)
  • Our introductory methodology courses (textual analysis and ethnographic methods)
  • Our upper-level course offerings for majors and minors that deepen themes from our introductory courses.

All tenure track faculty are expected to establish and maintain an active and well-defined research agenda.

In addition, all members of the department contribute to and participate in student advising, reflective and effective teaching that includes equity and diversity-minded teaching practices, department assessment and evaluation, academic citizenship, program development, and recruiting.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit our website at Applicants must complete an online application and submit the materials listed below. All application materials should address the candidate’s resonance with Gonzaga’s mission and values (see: as well as the College’s investment in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

(1) a cover letter,

(2) a curriculum vitae,

(3) Statement of teaching philosophy (2-page max) that includes reflection on diversity, equity, and inclusion in relation to: a) your role and methods as a teacher, b) your goals for student learning and your approach to assessing that learning, and c) your ongoing growth as a teacher.

(4) Diversity statement (2-page max) that addresses the candidates experience contributing to        the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion including how your work and life experiences will               contribute to Gonzaga’s mission to “foster a mature commitment to dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and        vulnerable, and care for the planet.”

(5) Copies of unofficial graduate school transcripts, and

(6) Names and contact information for three (3) professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected).

Please direct questions about this position to Heather Crandall, Chair, Communication Studies, Position closes on October 11, 2021, midnight, Pacific Time. For assistance with your online application, please call the Human Resources department at 509-313-5996.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is an AA/EEO employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

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